Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships internal application process

Please see below for details of the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships call, for Fellowships to be held in the College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham commencing between 1 September 2018 and 1 May 2019.

Applications are welcomed from candidates with a track record of excellent research, but who have not yet held an established academic appointment. Leverhulme 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. Appointments are dependent on the successful award of the Leverhulme Fellowship. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure.

This scheme requires 50% contribution from the host institutions; therefore, support from the College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham is required before an application can be formally submitted. Please note that applications that will result in the applicant moving institution are favoured by the Trust.

The internal deadline for the required institutional approval process is 4pm on Monday 15 January 2018.  Interested applicants are asked to provide the following to Suzie Hayman in the Research and Knowledge Transfer Office (s.hayman@bham.ac.uk):

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that their mentor sends a statement of support to s.hayman@bham.ac.uk by Monday 15 January 2018. Applications cannot be progressed without the mentor statement.

The statement should be a maximum of one side of A4, and should comment on:

  • The strength of the proposal and the candidate
  • Why the department is the best place for the applicant to undertake their research project
  • How the research will benefit the institution
  • How the applicant will contribute to teaching and the wider intellectual life of the department

Applicants are expected to approach academic members of staff independently with regards to supporting their proposed research. Decisions on institutional approval will be communicated by Monday 29 January 2018. 

Please note that, if successful, applicants will be invited to formally submit their completed applications on the Leverhulme application portal by Thursday 22 February 2018.  This will allow Heads of Department and the University of Birmingham’s Finance Office sufficient time to complete their formal approval processes before the Leverhulme deadline of 1 March 2018.

Please refer to the Leverhulme Trust scheme guidance and eligibility criteria attached and on the Trust’s website:


The College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham comprises five schools: Birmingham Law School; English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies; History and Cultures; Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music; Philosophy, Theology and Religion. It is a vibrant, international community that allows research to flourish with –

  • Excellent facilities
  • Supportive environment
  • Internationally-recognised teaching and research
  • Exciting initiatives in new fields of study


Monday 15 January 2018 - internal deadline for candidate applications and mentor statements

Monday 29 January 2018 - decisions on College approval will be communicated

Thursday 22 February 2018 - submission date for selected applicants to formally submit their completed applications to the Leverhulme Trust

Thursday 1 March 2018 - Leverhulme Trust deadline for applications to the Early Career Fellowship scheme