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Candidates selected in the internal competition for Isaac NewtonTrust (INT) matching funding will be informed by the INT no later than two-three weeks before the national Leverhulme deadline (24 February 2022).  

Host Institutions will be notified at the same time and can then begin work with any successful candidates to prepare an application for submission to Leverhulme by 24 February 2022.  Host Institutions will, in effect, be sponsoring the application and will receive direct communications from Leverhulme if successful.  Please note that your Host Institution may need you to complete your final application before this deadline.

The internal competition will provide a useful set of documents for the national competition.  Please note, however, that Leverhulme require the submission of additional information from the Host Institution.

Setting the Salary

The Leverhulme Trust require you to submit, among other things, a statement of the STARTING SALARY of the candidate if successful.  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, the Host Institution will be expected to find the difference;
  • the INT does not provide research expenses as well as a contribution to the salary;
  • the Leverhulme Trust expects all candidates to have been through a university-level selection process before applying; the INT competition fulfils this expectation for the University of Cambridge.


The Leverhulme Trust normally announces its results in May and will notify candidates if they have been successful or not, or, if they have been placed on a reserve list.  If candidates are successful and accept their offers, the Leverhulme Trust will write to the candidate's Host Institution 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, they will send the candidate a confirmation letter.   Please send a copy of this confirmation letter from the Leverhulme Trust to the Senior Administrator so that the Isaac Newton Trust can finally confirm the candidate's matched funding.

When the results of the national competition are known, INT would be glad to hear from any PI who feels able to provide a contribution to the institutional portion of the salary for the second or third year (and therefore to share costs with INT).  We were delighted that two PIs agreed to contribute to last year’s awards. Please note that such funding cannot be taken from public sources.

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

INT Funding Rounds

INT Research Grants Round for Michaelmas Term 2021

Draft Application to Head of Department by 24 September 2021

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2022:

Check with your Host Institution for application deadline

Host Institutions send supported applications to INT by 10 January 2022

Trustees' Meeting Dates

Thursday 25 November 2021

Tuesday 15 March 2022

Thursday 7 July 2022

Our Awards

The Trust has provided support for research projects across the University, as well as making major interventions to enable strategic projects that offer considerable long-term benefit to the University since 1988.

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