Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships in UK, 2014/15

Leverhulme Trust offers approximately 80 Early Career Fellowships in 2014 at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK. The Fellowships are intended to assist those at a relatively early stage of their academic careers to undertake a significant piece of publishable research during the tenure of the award. The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £23,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. The application deadline is 6 March 2014.. Offering fifty per cent match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research position, the scheme enables early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment. The 2014 round opens on 2 January 2014 and closes on 6 March 2014. 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. Applications are welcomed in any discipline. Approximately eighty Fellowships will be available in 2014. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK..  The appointment would lead to a more permanent position for the individual, either within the same or another institution to undertake a significant piece of publishable research during the tenure of the award.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Not provided
Who can apply to this scholarship? 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 4pm on 6 March 2014 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 five years from the application closing date. Hence those who had their viva before 6 March 2009 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). The Research Awards Advisory Committee believes that the development of an academic career is best served by gaining experience at different institutions. Priority will be given to applicants who show evidence of mobility during their academic careers to date. 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 host institution. The host department must secure the matching funding for the applicant before the closing date. Applications which do not meet these conditions are ineligible and will be rejected.
Benefits of the scholarship:  The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £23,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Given the prestige of the awards each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 to further his or her research activities.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration:  Fellowships are normally tenable for three years on a full-time basis, but requests to hold the award part-time over a proportionately longer period will be considered if this is appropriate for the nature of the research proposed and the career development of the individual. Fellowships of 24 months are no longer offered by the Trust. Fellowships will commence between the beginning of the 2014/2015 academic year and 1 May 2015.
Number of scholarships:  Approximately eighty Early Career fellowships will be available in 2014.

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