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Salary & Research Support

  • If a candidate is successful at the local level and subsequently applies to the Leverhulme Trust, the Cambridge Host Institution will be asked by Leverhulme to specify the starting salary
  • the Host Institution must agree this starting salary in advance with the candidate
  • The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship is not a grant, so an actual salary point and costings, which must be in line with the University's salaries policy, are required.  INT also asks for this information as part of the internal competition documentation
  • Please note that neither Leverhulme Trust nor the INT pays overheads nor the apprenticeship levy, so these should not be included in estimates of costs.
  • If there is likely to be a shortfall between the salary agreed by the Host Institution and the maximum available from the two Trusts together (ie £52,000 p.a. including on costs, or pro rata for part-time study) an additional cover letter must be included in the application confirming either that the Host Institution can cover any shortfall in costs in full (or in part) from non-public sources, or requesting additional support from INT
  • While the Leverhulme Trust offers research support (up to £6k p.a.), the Isaac Newton Trust does not provide research expenses in addition to a contribution to the salary
  • The Trust will pay its proportionate share of the costs of parental leave according to the policy of the Leverhulme Trust (which supports parental leave but not medical leave)

Visas and Immigration Health Surcharges

  • The Isaac Newton Trust regrets that it cannot contribute to the cost of obtaining a visa nor to the Immigration Health Surcharge. This is our policy for all types of research awards, as the University is the employer, not the INT.
  • The costs of these items can be considerable, so holders of Leverhulme ECFs who need help with these should consult their host department to see if it will make a contribution. If there is a shortfall, then you may approach the Leverhulme Trust for assistance (see For Early Career Fellowships, where a university does not cover visa and related costs incurred, the Trust will consider reimbursing the Fellow directly (on submission of receipts).


  • Where the Isaac Newton Trust agrees to support an application to the Leverhulme competition and the candidate is unsuccessful at the national level, the Trust’s support cannot normally be switched to match an alternative source of funds.  An exception might be made for a candidate successful in another of the highly-prestigious national competitions requiring matched funding (eg Royal Commission of 1851 Fellowship).
  • A candidate selected by Leverhulme at national level who applied on the basis that matching funding was available from any source other than the INT (eg from his/her Host Institution), may enquire whether the Isaac Newton Trustees wish to make a contribution to the institutional cost of the award.
  • A candidate who is successful in obtaining a Leverhulme ECF through the University of Cambridge but whose award is subsequently transferred to another institution cannot take the INT matching funding with them, but must seek matching funds from his/her new institution for the remainder of their award.
  • A candidate awarded a Leverhulme ECF through another institution who subsequently wishes to transfer to Cambridge may apply to the Leverhulme Trust to transfer their award. Note that Leverhulme does not allow transfers before the grant has been taken up, does not normally do so within one year of the start date, and generally does so only if the receiving institution is able to offer employment or funding to follow on from the end of the normal end of the LECF. If a transfer is approved by Leverhulme, the candidate may apply to the INT for matching funding for the Cambridge stage of the award (and should contact the Senior Administrator in the first instance).  


INT Funding Rounds

Research Grants including Emergencies

Lent Term 2023 Round Application Deadlines

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2023

Candidates apply to their Host Institution by the deadline set by the Head of that Institution

For Colleges

Widening Participation & Induction Fund

Deadline for College Applications:  5pm on Wednesday 1 February 2023

Trustees' Meeting Dates

Thursday 24 November 2022

Tuesday 14 March 2023

Wednesday 5 July 2023

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