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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2019

Deadline: 3 January 2019

The Faculty of English and Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic welcomes applications from potential applicants for the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme 2019.

The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (ECF) is a highly prestigious and competitive, post-doctoral award for researchers who are near the start of their career. The Leverhulme Trust awards approximately 100 three-year fellowships nationally, for early career researchers with matched funding by the Isaac Newton Trust (INT) for those wishing to hold a fellowship at the University of Cambridge. There is therefore a two-stage Cambridge selection process, first by the Faculty/Department and secondly by the Isaac Newton Trust assessing applications from all host institutions within the University of Cambridge.

Further information can be found on the Isaac Newton Trust website and the Leverhulme Trust website. Please check the INT and Leverhulme sites for details of eligibility for the scheme.

Instructions for applicants who wish to hold an award in Faculty of English or Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

Please read the information for applicants on the Isaac Newton Trust and the Leverhulme Trust websites, before making an application.

Please supply the following application materials by the Faculty deadline of 17:00 on Thursday 3 January 2019:

  • A cover sheet (available to download from;
  • A CV (not exceeding two sides);
  • Two letters of reference, one of which should be external to Cambridge; and
  • A draft of the following three items required for the Leverhulme application:
    • A list of your major publications (maximum one side);
    • A statement of your current research (maximum 250 words); and
    • A detailed statement of your proposed research (maximum two sides).

Applicants should provide these materials electronically to the Faculty Administrator at

A shortlist of applications will be agreed within the Faculty/Department for onward consideration by the Isaac Newton Trust for matching funding.

The Isaac Newton Trust will inform successful candidates and departments in good time for them to finalise their submissions in time for the Leverhulme award national deadline of 28 February 2019.

If you have any queries about this process or timetable, please contact the Faculty Administrator on or by phone on +44 (0)1223 335655.