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LECF 2018 Cambridge competition: notes for host departments, faculties & institutes

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships:  2018 competition

Internal competition for Isaac Newton Trust matching funding

The Trust accepts applications from the potential host institutions listed.

Applications are submitted to the relevant department/faculty/institute in the first instance.

►You will need to set a suitable deadline for receipt of applications from candidates to work in your department/faculty/institute.

In view of the extreme competitiveness of the Leverhulme Fellowships:

  • Only forward to the Trust those applications who have the strongest chance of success;
  • in most cases this will be one or two at most per ranking unit;
  • units, however large, should submit no more than three applications to the Trust

Submitting the application to Isaac Newton Trust

The deadline for receipt by the Trust is 15 January 2018.  Late applications will not be considered. 

You will be informed of the outcome within four weeks, so that the result will be known in good time for the national application deadline for the Leverhulme Trust (01 March 2018).

Applications to the Isaac Newton Trust should consist of:

A)  one hard copy, to the Trust's office (please note our new address):

  • a covering letter from the Head of the host institution indicating
  1. a ranked list of up to three applicants
  2. the total number of applications received
  3. information on how the ranking has been produced (e.g. by ranking committee)
  • AND, for each selected candidate ( NB you will need to 'save' the downloads, rather than 'open')
  1. host checklist (NEW for this year) to include estimates of the salary + on costs for the three years of the award (needed by INT for budgetting purposes)
  2. the application materials submitted by the selected candidate (a coversheet, cv, list of publications, two statements of research, and two references sent directly to you from referees)
  3. your score sheet (questionnaire) for the candidate (needed for the internal competition only)

B)  An electronic copy of the above (including a single pdf for each selected candidate), with the required documents in the order listed to:

The Trust will make check the eligibility of applicants under the Leverhulme rules and pass eligible applications to the relevant academic committee. These committees comprise senior academics representing the Schools. They select the top candidates in their subject areas up to a maximum number set by the Isaac Newton Trustees; these numbers are based on the mean success rates of different subject areas over the past three years. Up to 50 candidates in total, from all subjects, will be selected for support in principle by the INT.

Important Note re Contribution Cap:  The Leverhulme Trust has raised the cap on its contribution to £25k for ECF salary costs for both 2018 starters AND second and third year fellows, who started in 2016 and 2017. The Trustees at the Isaac Newton Trust have also agreed to match this maximum contribution in line with Leverhulme.

In practice, this will mean that fellows can, from 1 September 2018, be paid up to a maximum of £50,000 including salary costs. Please note that where the salary costs exceed £50,000 (including on costs), the difference will need to be met by the department concerned.

Only a very few LECFs’ salary costs will actually exceed the current 2017-18 cap of £48k per annum, but for those that do, the full cost of the award can now be claimed from Leverhulme and the INT rather than having to make up the difference in the department.


The national competition – supporting an application to the Leverhulme Trust



to our Trustees Sir Gregory Winter, jointly awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern, on the award of the 2018 Balzan Prize for her contributions in Social Anthropology.

Trustees' meeting dates

Thursday 29 November 2018 at 4pm

Thursday 14 March 2019 at 4pm

Thursday 4 July 2019 at 3pm

Forthcoming closing dates

Newton Trust Research Grants (all categories)  - the 2018-2019 timetable may be found here.

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants (CHRGs) 2018 Michaelmas Term round  is now open (deadline 12 November)

The Leverhulme Trust has announced its Early Career Fellowships competition for 2019; the internal Cambridge competition details will be announced by the end of October.

 'So thrilled about this grant. It's a wonderful scheme to boost young post-docs.

 Thank-you Newton!'



Our first Fellows' Day, for early career research fellows partially funded by the Trust, was held on 14 June, with a series of fascinating talks by 15 of our Leverhulme ECF, Humboldt, ESRC and Max-Cam Fellows, followed by networking over drinks.

Recent deadlines

College Teaching Officer Research Leave - the 2018 Round is now closed.

INT/Schools of Physical Sciences & Technology (start-up grants for new University Lecturers) - the 2018 round is now closed

INT/Wellcome Trust ISSF/Schools of Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine (start-up grants for new University Lecturers and PIs) - the 2018 round is now closed

INT/College Junior Research Fellowships - has now closed for October 2019 starts

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