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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.


The national competition – supporting an application to the Leverhulme Trust


Forthcoming closing dates

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2018 - internal competition is now OPEN. Internal deadline = 15 January 2018; national deadline = 01 March 2018

Newton Trust Research Grants (all categories)  The 2017-18  timetable can be found here. The Lent Term round opens in January; the deadline for draft applications is 19 January

College Teaching Officer Research Leave 2018 Round Open.  The deadline for college applications is 2 February 2018

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants (CHRGs) 2017-18 Lent Term round  is now OPEN - the deadline is 1 March 2018

INT/Schools of Physical Sciences & Technology (start-up grants for new University Lecturers): now CLOSED - closing date was 30 November 2017

INT/Wellcome Trust ISSF/Schools of Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine (start-up grants for new University Lecturers and PIs) now CLOSED - closing date was 04 December 2017



Trustees' meeting dates

Thursday 15 March 2018 at 4pm

Monday 2 July 2018 at 3pm

Thursday 29 November 2018 at 4pm

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