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Northumbria invites expressions of interest in Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

20th December 2016

Northumbria University will support a number of applications to the Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowships (ECF) scheme in the 2017 competition. 

The scheme offers funding for outstanding early-career researchers who have not held a full-time permanent post in a UK university. Fellowships are funded for three years and offer research expenses of up to £6,000 per year. We are inviting expressions of interest from early-career researchers interested in collaborating with us on our Multidisciplinary Research Themes.

Northumbria University offers a stimulating research environment and was ranked highly in REF2014, nearly tripling its share of research rated as world-leading and internationally excellent. Since this result we have invested significantly in the establishment of eight signature research themes that reflect the diversity and impact of our research. The University is looking to support applications under the following eight themes:  

 Applicants should clearly state innovative aspects of their research and how they are of relevance to their chosen theme. Interested applicants should contact a relevant member of academic staff aligned to their chosen theme prior to submitting an expression of interest to establish whether their research fits with our interests. (Staff profiles are on the theme web pages)

The Leverhulme Trust favour proposals that offer fresh and innovative perspectives and approaches, so this will be a key aspect in considering Expressions of Interest.

Applications will be considered in all subject areas with the following exceptions: both because of the substantial funding available from other sources for applied medical research, and the Trust’s priority to support investigations of a fundamental nature, they do not fund studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications.

Eligibility Criteria

All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship, and must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution.

Applications from those with a doctorate must have submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the application closing date. (Hence those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis before 2 March 2013 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break.)

Full details on the scheme are available on the Leverhulme Trust's website here. Interested applicants should read this information, especially the eligibility requirements, before putting together an application as strict conditions apply.

Selection Process:

Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest consisting of:

  1. An academic CV of not more than 2 pages.
  2. An outline research proposal to include: title, abstract (250 words), statement of past and current research (250 words) fit to theme and potential mentor (250 words) and a 2 page (A4) project outline.

Expressions of interest or should be submitted as a single PDF or Word document by email to by 11.59pm on 31st January 2017. Initial assessment will take place at department and faculty level. Successful applicants will be contacted in early February to work on their applications further before the final deadline (2nd March 2017).

For more information about Northumbria’s Multidisciplinary research themes or studying at Northumbria go to:

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