University of Oxford - Humanities Division

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research. It is anticipated that a Fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position. Applications are welcomed in any discipline, and approximately 80 Fellowships will be available in 2015. Please note that the faculties have finalised their selection of candidates for the March 2015 deadline. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

Oxford Humanities faculties currently have ten ECFs.

To be an eligible applicant, you must meet the Leverhulme Trust's eligibility criteria. These are that:

  • Applicants must not yet have held a full-time established academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution, nor may Fellows hold such a post concurrently with the Early Career Fellowship. Those in receipt of a stipendiary Fellowship may not hold this at the same time as an Early Career Fellowship.
  • All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship. Those who are or have been registered for a doctorate at any time may apply only if they have submitted their doctoral thesis by the closing date of 4.00pm on 7 March 2013, and confirmation of this is required as part of the application procedure. Those who at the time of commencing the Fellowship are registered for or are intending to register for degrees, professional or vocational qualifications are not eligible.
  • Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who had their doctoral viva not more than 5 years from the application closing date. Hence those who had their viva before 7 March 2008 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break. Those wishing to make a case for a career break should present the case for interruption by a period of maternity leave, family commitments, illness, or other unusual circumstances.
  • Applicants must either hold a degree from a UK higher education institution at the time of taking up the Fellowship or at the time of application hold an academic position in the UK (e.g. fixed-term lectureship, fellowship). Applications from those having an association with the UK academic community of less than two years’ duration will be strengthened by a move of employing institution. The intention is to support the career development of those building an academic career within the UK.

  • The matching funding contributed by the host institution must be drawn from generally available funds and must not be associated with any other grants received by the institution. The host department must secure the matching funding for the applicant before the closing date. Applications that do not meet these conditions are ineligible and will be rejected.

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The Leverhulme Trust require the university to fund 50% of the overall fellowship cost. The Oxford Humanities Division is able to fund two applicants per faculty, per year through the generosity of the John Fell Fund. Faculties have their own processes for choosing who that applicant is for each round, and you must check what these are.

Do not apply to Leverhulme citing Oxford University as the supporting institution unless you have been chosen as a Faculty's candidate.

  • Application process (for information only, please check this page again in December 2015 for the next round of applications)