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Call for Expressions of Interest in Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

15th November 2018

Northumbria University will support a number of applications to the Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowships (ECF) scheme in the 2019 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 our Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences.

The Faculty has a thriving cohort of early career fellows and academics working on a wide array of topics. Our supportive and collegiate research environment is demonstrated with 5 Leverhulme Early Career Fellows currently carrying out original research of their own design.

Northumbria University was shortlisted for THE University of the Year 2017was ranked highly in REF2014, in recent years has climbed over 100 places in the THE World University Rankings and is rated as the best university in the North East of England for student experience.

The University is looking to support applications in the following Departments:

Applicants should clearly state innovative aspects of their research and how they are of relevance to their chosen Department. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact relevant members of staff to discuss their applications - please visit the Centre for International Development staff pages for contact details.

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, but the Leverhulme Trust do not fund studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, research that is intended to inform clinical practice, or the development of medical or commercial applications. Research where advocacy is an explicit component is also ineligible for Leverhulme Trust support.

Informal enquiries can be made to

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 28th February 2015 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 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 Institution and potential mentor, (250 words) and 2 page project outline.

Expressions of interest should be submitted as a single PDF or Word document by email to by 11.59pm on 13th January 2019.

Successful applicants will be contacted in early February to work on their applications further before the deadline of 28th February 2019.

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