Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships: proposals invited until 29 Jan 2016

19 January 2016: The Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford invites proposals from anyone interested in applying for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. Up to two such Fellowships, of three years’ duration will be offered, funded jointly by The Leverhulme Trust and the John Fell Fund of the University of Oxford.

Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2016. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who had their doctoral viva not more than five years from the application closing date. Hence those who had their viva before 10 March 2011 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break.

Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution, nor may Fellows hold such a post concurrently with the Early Career Fellowship. The intention is to support the career development of those building an academic career within the UK. The Trust gives priority to applicants who show evidence of mobility during their academic careers to date. The Leverhulme online application deadline for the 2016 competition will be 4pm on 10 March 2016, but Oxford internal deadline for submissions will be 3 March 2016.

For more information on the scheme, including eligibility, please see The Leverhulme Trust website:


Expressions of interest should be sent to martin.mclaughlin@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk by 29 January 2016, consisting of one Word document containing:

  1. a one-page CV including education, publications, any awards, thesis title and examiners
  2. a two-page draft statement of research (which may use headings similar to those in the Leverhulme scheme’s notes of guidance)
  3. an indication of any additional research expenses that may be needed for the proposed project, such as travel and subsistence.

A selection process internal to the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages will then determine which proposals go forward to a full application.

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