Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships are designed to support scholars at a relatively early stage of their academic careers (defined as having submitted their thesis for viva voce examination no more than four years prior to the closing date), but with a proven record of research. Fellowships are tenable for three years on a full-time basis. Further details about the scheme are available on the Leverhulme Trust website.

To enable the Faculty to select the candidates it wishes to support in time for the Leverhulme Scheme’s final deadline in February, applicants must submit expressions of interest by email with the subject header ‘Leverhulme ECF 2024’ to daniel.holloway@ling-phil.ox.ac.uk by 12 noon on Monday 11 December 2023. There is no guarantee that applications submitted after this date will be processed.

Expressions of interest should consist of:

1. a maximum two-page CV including education, publications, any awards, thesis title and examiners;

2. a document consisting of

  • Abstract (maximum 100 words)
  • Details of current and past research (maximum 250 words)
  • Detailed statement of proposed research: This should include aims, objectives, methodology and outcome (e.g. publication plans). This statement and the bibliographic references may not exceed two pages of A4. Please use Arial font size 11, margins no smaller than 2cm and line spacing no smaller than single 
  • Candidates are invited to provide information on any circumstances which may have impacted on their research track-record

3. an indication of what additional research expenses may be claimed (up to £6,000 p.a. is available from the Leverhulme Trust);

4. the name of a Professor or Associate Professor in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics who has agreed to mentor you. Please ensure that your mentor submits their letter of support direct to daniel.holloway@ling-phil.ox.ac.uk by Monday 11 December 2023.

 5. Two references which must be sent by your referees direct to the Faculty by Monday 11 December 2023. (Please ensure that that your referees send their references to daniel.holloway@ling-phil.ox.ac.uk by this date).

Potential applicants must not open a Leverhulme application until Faculty support is confirmed in writing.

Please note: The Leverhulme Trust panel that makes these awards encourages a change of institution for its award holders. Potential applicants with Oxford DPhils therefore will need to ensure that their draft statement of research makes a compelling case as to why they need to remain at Oxford to undertake postdoctoral work.

Please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for the Leverhulme scheme before applying.


What happens next?

The Faculty will consider the applications it receives; it would hope to inform applicants of their position by early January 2024.  Due to the volume of applications, the panel is unable to offer feedback to unsuccessful candidates.

The Faculty will then forward their recommendations to the University’s Humanities Division; successful applicant(s) will then be supported by the Divisional Research Facilitators in the completion of the full application to the Leverhulme Trust.

It is expected that, as in previous years, the Faculty will be able to support up to two applications to the Leverhulme Trust. Please note that being selected by the Faculty does not ensure the award of a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, but we will work with you to ensure as strong a submission as possible. 

For general queries about the process, please contact: daniel.holloway@ling-phil.ox.ac.uk

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