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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2019: 

Notes for Host Departments, Faculties & Institutes

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 14 January 2019.  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 (28 February 2019).

Applications to the Isaac Newton Trust should consist of:

A)  one hard copy, to the Trust's office (Isaac Newton Trust, 105 Eddington Place, Cambridge CB3 1AS):

  • 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 to include estimates of the salary + on costs for the three years of the award (needed by INT for budgeting purposes)
  2. the application materials submitted by the selected candidate (a coversheet, cv, list of publications, two statements of research (a statement of current research, and, the research the candidate intends to undertake as an LECF), 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 all the documents in the order listed above as one pdf (please include the covering letter as the first page per candidate and do not use portfolios) to the Senior Administrator.

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 with effect from September 2018.  The Trustees at the Isaac Newton Trust have also agreed to match this maximum contribution in line with Leverhulme.

In practice, this means 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.