Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme

Please note that we have now selected candidates for the 2021 Scheme. We will be inviting applications for the 2022 scheme (subject to confirmation from the Leverhulme Trust) in the autumn of 2021. You are strongly advised to check the updated eligibility requirements for this scheme on the Leverhulme website as soon as the call opens. There are particular requirements regarding the timing of the submission of your thesis which should be carefully considered: applicants are only eligible for the scheme for four years after their thesis submission, unless a career break has been taken.

Please be aware that we operate an internal shortlisting process for this scheme, and only selected candidates will be invited to submit an application through the School. Applications for shortlisted candidates will receive rigorous peer review. 

If you have any queries on this scheme which are not covered by these pages then please contact LCSResearch@leeds.ac.uk and we will be happy to help.

LCS internal process for applications

The School internally shortlists for this scheme, and only selected candidates will be supported in submitting their application to the Leverhulme Trust. There is a School deadline for this scheme, and late applications will not be accepted.

Part one: the selection and shortlisting process

  1. Find a mentor. This can be done at any stage, before the scheme even opens – in fact, we encourage getting in touch at the earliest opportunity so that you can finalise your project in conjunction with your mentor. If you do not have a mentor in mind, please have a look at our research pagesstaff profiles, and searchable mentor lists - and feel free to make contact directly with relevant colleagues. Alternatively you can contact LCSResearch@leeds.ac.uk and we will put you in touch with some potential mentors. Your mentor will give you informal/ongoing peer review on draft project proposals and other required documents at all stages, but this will be particularly important and useful when you are preparing for the School’s internal shortlisting process (see below).
  1. By a deadline in early January 2022 (in 2021 the deadline was 6 January), all applicants who wish to be considered for this scheme must submit the following for consideration by the School’s shortlisting panel:
    a)    Your outline case for support/project proposal (maximum 2 sides of A4). This should include the following: 
    •    a brief description of your proposed project; 
    •    a timeline mapping out your plan of activity across the three years of the postdoc; 
    •    an explanation of how the project will contribute to your career development and the skills you would hope to develop over the course of the fellowship. 
    b)    A completed Expression of Interest (EoI) form (see the downloads section of this page below to view the 2021 template)
    c)    Your academic CV (maximum of two sides of A4). This should include contact details, qualifications (including class and subject), and a list of your most relevant and recent publications.
    d)    A separate document providing us with a brief explanation (no more than 300 words) of why your research project would be best carried out in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds;

    Please note that late applications will not be accepted for consideration. 
  1. All applications will be considered by the School’s shortlisting committee, and candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application within two weeks. Only successfully shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit a full application through the School.

Part two: the peer review and submission process (for selected candidates only)

Peer review on applications will be given to candidates who are selected for submission through the shortlisting process. The following outlines the School’s peer review process for this scheme:

  1. Once selected through the shortlisting process, candidates should immediately start to work on their applications for the scheme through the Leverhulme’s Grants Management System, with the advice and support of your mentor. 
  2. By a deadline in late January (in 2021 the deadline was 27 January), shortlisted applicants must submit a downloaded version of your full application from the Leverhulme system, and submit it to LCSResearch@leeds.ac.uk for peer review. Feedback will be provided within 7 days.
  3. The University’s internal deadline for this scheme will be in mid-February. Applications must be close to finalised by this date, and must also be available to our teams so that financial information can be added and sign off set up, before the external deadline towards the end of February. 

Indicative timeline 

  • October 2021 - The School will be holding a briefing session for potential candidates in October 2021 (precise timing TBC). If you wish to register for this event please contact LCSResearch@leeds.ac.uk. 
  • Early January 2022 – School deadline for candidates who wish to be considered as potential candidates for this scheme.
  • Mid-January 2022 – Candidates to be notified as to the outcome of their application to the School: only selected/shortlisted candidates will take part in the rest of the timeline.
  • Late January 2022 – Shortlisted candidates must submit their application to the School for peer review.
  • Mid-February 2022 – University internal closing date for applications.
  • Late February 2022 – expected scheme closing date.


Download the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships expression of interest form