Early Career Fellowships in Education Universities/Institutions in the UK

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Early Career Fellowships in Education Universities/Institutions in the UK

Designation/Position-  Early Career Fellowships

Leverhulme Trust, UK invites application for Early Career Fellowships from eligible and interested candidates

Early-career researchers with a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Fellowships can be held at universities or other institutions of higher education in the UK. The Fellowships are intended to assist those at a relatively early stage of their academic careers. It is hoped that the appointment would lead to a more permanent position for the individual, either within the same or another institution.

Research/Job Area- Various research area

Location- Universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK

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Eligibility/Qualification–

Employment and funding status

  • 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 Trust will consider applications from candidates whose permanent post does not include any research.
  • Those in receipt of a stipendiary Fellowship may not hold this at the same time as an Early Career Fellowship. 
  • Applicants who have existing funding in place for a duration equivalent to or greater than the duration of the Early Career Fellowship should not apply.

Academic status

  • All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by taking 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 for the viva voce examination by 4 pm on the closing date of 27 February 2020. 
  • Candidates must not be registered for degrees, professional or vocational qualifications when commencing the Fellowship.
  • Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who submitted their doctoral thesis for the viva voce examination not more than four years before the application closing date. Hence those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for the viva voce examination before 27 February 2016 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 exceptional circumstances. Please note that time spent working outside academia does not qualify as a career break.
  • Applicants must either hold a degree (any degree) from a UK higher education institution at the time of taking up the Fellowship or at the time of the application deadline must hold an academic position in the UK (e.g., fixed-term lectureship, fellowship) which commenced no less than 4 months before the closing date. Hence, those who do not hold a UK degree and whose UK academic position commenced after October 2019 are not eligible. The Trust will consider candidates without a UK degree whose UK academic post commenced after October 2019 if they have been in continuous UK academic employment for more than 4 months before the deadline. The intention is to support the career development of those building an academic career within the UK.
  • Candidates who have been or are currently a Principal Investigator on a three-year post-doctoral research project or have held a comparable three-year post-doctoral position to pursue their own research are not eligible to apply.

Job/Position Description- 

The awards are tenable for 36 months and are not renewable.

A Fellowship must commence between 1 September 2021 and 1 May 2022. 

The Trust will support requests to hold the award part-time over a proportionately longer period for health-related reasons, disability or childcare commitments. Those holding the Fellowship part-time may not undertake any other employment within a UK higher education institution during the period of the award.

In response to the financial challenges facing the Higher Education sector in the forthcoming academic year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trust has adjusted the value of the awards for the 2021 round. The Trust will contribute 100% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £50,000 in year one of the award. The Trust will then contribute 50% of the Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £25,000 in years two and three, with the balance to be paid by the host institution. The Trust’s maximum annual contribution will be pro-rated if the Fellowship is held on a part-time basis. Each Fellow may request up to £6,000 per annum in research expenses to further his or her research activities.

Fellowships are tenable for 3 years on a full-time basis. The Trust will support requests to hold the award part-time over a proportionately longer period for health related reasons, disability or childcare commitments.

Before beginning your application, please read the information below or download it as a PDF Guidance for Applicants.

How to Apply- 

To make an application, please access the Leverhulme Trust Grants Management System. The recommended browser to use is Google Chrome.

When completing the online application form, please refer to the Application Help Notes

Applications must be approved and submitted to the Trust by the host institution by 4pm on the closing date of 25 February 2021. Institutional approval is required both from the head of the host department and from an administrative officer on behalf of the host institution. 

Nominated referees will also be required to provide their references via the online system within two weeks after the closing date.

Applicants will be informed of the result of their applications by email at the end of May 2021.

For Contact-  grants@leverhulme.ac.uk

Last Date for Apply 25 February 2021, 4pm

Decision: May 2021

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