Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships: 9 January 2020

Applications are invited for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships from suitably qualified researchers wishing to base their work in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages.  The scheme is designed to support scholars at a relatively early stage of their careers, but with a proven record of research.  Applicants must have submitted their doctoral thesis by 4pm on the closing date of 27 February 2020, and no more than four years before the closing date; so those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination before 27 February 2016 are not eligible (unless they have had a career break). 


Fellowships are tenable for three years on a full-time basis and are intended as an opportunity to undertake a significant piece of publishable research. Further details about the scheme are available at: http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/ECF/ECF.cfm


A previous connection with Oxford is not required.  Thus applications are particularly welcome from those who are currently working elsewhere.  Applicants who have not already moved institutions in the course of their academic career (i.e. between their undergraduate university and proposed host institution) should nominate a new host institution, or otherwise demonstrate clear evidence of the academic and/or personal reasons for remaining at the same institution.  The Fellowship requires the support of a member of the Faculty willing to act as Mentor.


The Faculty will hold an internal competition to decide which application(s) will be put forward under the scheme, so applicants should not approach the Leverhulme Trust directly or open a Leverhulme application until Faculty support is confirmed in writing.


Applications should be sent electronically to recruitment@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk by 12 noon on Thursday 9 January 2020.  Application material should be submitted as one combined PDF document.

The application should comprise:

1.      A completed coversheet 

2.      a CV, two pages at most, including education, publications, any awards, thesis title, and examiners;

3.      a draft statement of post-doctoral research, two pages at most;

4.      a 150-word abstract summarising the research for a general audience;

5.      an indication of what additional research expenses might be planned;

In addition, you should identify a named mentor from among the permanent members of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, who must provide a statement of support (to be sent directly to recruitment@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk  by 9 January 2020); and academic reference addressing the significance and originality of the proposed project and your suitability to undertake it (to be sent directly to recruitment@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk  by 9 January 2020).


Once the Faculty has considered the applications received, the successful applicant(s) will be supported by our Research Facilitator in the completion of the full application to the Leverhulme Trust.  Please note that being selected by the Faculty does not ensure the award of a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, but we will work with you to ensure as strong a submission as possible.

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