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All subjects are eligible except Clinical Medicine, and studies of disease, illness or disability in animals or humans.


You must:

  • have submitted your PhD no earlier than 22 February 2020 (unless you have had a career break) and not later than 4pm on 22 February 2024*.  However, the Leverhulme Trust will accept applications from candidates who submitted the doctoral thesis for viva voce examination between 22 February 2019 and 22 February 2020 if their work has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic - you should explain your case in your application.
  • currently either hold a degree from a UK HEI or at the time of application have held an academic position (eg fixed-term fellowship) in the UK for at least 4 months (ie were appointed before 31 October 2023).
  • not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post (NB this includes stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships at Oxbridge Colleges – see FAQs) in a UK university or comparable UK institution, nor may Fellows hold such a post concurrently with the Early Career Fellowship.

Other conditions apply.  FULL DETAILS of the Leverhulme Trust’s eligibility rules and application procedure should be consulted before applying. 

Institutional support and matching funding

Each candidate entering the national competition must have the support of the host institution and hold an offer of matching funding for 50% of the salary costs and any costs exceeding £52k in any year of their fellowship.

So the first step for any eligible candidate is to get in touch with the Cambridge department or institution in which they want to hold their award.

What candidates need to submit to their Host Institution 

Host Institutions will ask candidates to submit an INT internal competition coversheet, cv, list of publications and two statements of research (a statement of current research, and the research the candidate intends to undertake as an LECF). 

Candidates will also need to arrange for two references to be sent to the host institution to include within any application sent on to INT.



Trustees' Meeting Dates

Thursday 21 November 2024

Thursday 20 March 2025

Thursday 10 July 2025


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