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LECF 2018 national round

Candidates selected in the internal competition for INT matching funding will be informed by the INT no later than two-three weeks before the national Leverhulme deadline (01 March 2018)

You will be informed of your successful candidates at the same time and can then begin work with any successful candidates to prepare an application for submission to Leverhulme by 01 March 2018.  You will, in effect, be sponsoring the application and will receive direct communications from Leverhulme if successful.

We hope that the internal competition will provide a useful set of documents for the national competition.  Please note, however, that Leverhulme require the submission of a substantial additional set of information required from the host department/faculty/institute.

Setting the salary

Leverhume require you to submit, among other things, a statement of the STARTING SALARY of the candidate if successful.  Please note that:

Leverhulme require you to state a specified starting salary. You will therefore need to identify the relevant point on the University single spine based on applicant's age and experience. You should discuss this salary with the applicant before completing the Leverhulme's application so that there will be no surprises if the candidate is selected.

Please note that:

  •  the salary + on costs must fit within the Leverhulme + INT combined limit of £50,000 per annum for each of the three years of the award - salary cannot be rolled over from one year to the next;
  • if there is likely to be a shortfall between the cost of the salary (+ on costs) you agree to offer to the candidate and the maximum available from the sum of the awards of the two Trusts (ie £50,000 p.a.) in any year, you will be expected to find the difference from other sources;
  • the Isaac Newton  Trust does not provide research expenses as well as a contribution to the salary;
  • Leverhulme expect all candidates to have been through a university-level selection process before applying. However, a few departments have recently offered their own matching funding to candidates, so bypassing the internal competition. The INT does not encourage such applications and will expect any such commitments to be honoured in the event that the candidate is selected at the national level; applications to the INT for matching funding in retrospect will not be considered.


The Leverhulme Trust normally announces its results in May and will notify your candidate if they have been successful or not, or, if they have been placed on a reserve list.  If your candidate is successful and accepts their offer, the Leverhulme Trust will write to the candidate's department who will need to formally confirm that they are content to offer the candidate a place.  Once the Leverhulme Trust is in receipt of this formal confirmation, the candidate will be sent a confirmation letter. 

Please send a copy of this confirmation letter from the Leverhulme Trust to the Issac Newton Trust on:   so that the Isaac Newton Trust can finally confirm the candidate's matched funding.

If you have any queries about the process, please do not hesitate to contact the Director.

If your candidate is successful - managing LECF awards





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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