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Terms and conditions attached to INT offers of matching funding

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 £50,000 p.a. including on costs, or pro rata for part-time study), the difference must be made up by the Host Institution
  • 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)


  • 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), cannot turn to the INTafter the event to seek replacement funding.
  • 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 INT for matching funding for the Cambridge stage of the award (and should contact the Senior Administrator in the first instance).  NB The Leverhulme Trust does not allow transfers before the grant has been taken up.


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