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Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2023 for International Researchers


This fellowship is for early career researchers with a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post to undertake a significant piece of publishable work.


  • The Trust will contribute 100% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £50,000 in year one of the awards. 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.


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 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 for viva voce examination by 4pm on the closing date of 23 February 2023.

  • Candidates must not be registered for degrees, professional or vocational qualifications at the time of commencing the Fellowship.

  • Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who 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 for viva voce examination before 25 February 2017 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 prior to the closing date. Hence, those who do not hold a UK degree and whose UK academic position commenced after October 2022 are not eligible. The Trust will consider candidates without a UK degree whose UK academic post commenced after October 2022 if they have been in continuous UK academic employment for more than 4 months prior to 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 or currently hold a comparable three-year post-doctoral position to pursue their own research are not eligible to apply.


23rd February 2023.

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