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The Trust limits its contribution to the salary level for Research Assistants and Research Fellows partly to promote the appointment of early career researchers but also, in the case of Fellowships, to create a level playing field across the programmes in which we match-fund external awards.

FAQs - Research Grant salaries

What level of salary will the Trust support?

Post-doctoral RA salaries should be paid on grade 7, between points 41 and 44 depending on experience. The Trust’s contribution will be capped at point 44 and this should be taken into account especially where support is sought for more than one year.

We recognise that, in some cases, it will be necessary to offer a higher salary in order to secure the best candidate for the post.  If a Department wishes to pay at above point 44 at any point in the life of the grant, then the difference should be made up from another source.

Post-doc Fellowship salaries start at point 39 for those recently awarded a PhD. We will share 50% of salary - up to £24,000 pa including on-costs, which is the level at which the Leverhulme Trust currently caps its Early Career Fellowships. We do not pay research support elements for Fellowships.

Should I include on-costs (NI and pension) in the salary calculations?

Yes, and inflation, if the award is to be for more than 1 year.

Does the Trust make a contribution for the Apprenticeship Levy as part of the on-costs?


The intended RA has not yet obtained his/her PhD –can the grant start now?

The Trust will not confirm a grant before the PhD thesis has been submitted.

Will the Trust fund RAs who do not hold a PhD?

The Trust is occasionally willing to fund researchers who have not gained a PhD qualification but are otherwise highly skilled, but only where this is specifically justified 

Do you fund PhD students?

No, neither salaries nor research costs (except those part-funded through the AHRC DTP)

Do RAs have to be employed by the University to be funded by the Trust?

Yes, the Trust will only support the salaries of people who are to be employed by the University or its constituent parts. The Trust will not support work done by employees of other institutions unless they also have official employment status in Cambridge. However, the Trust will occasionally help to pay modest costs associated with short-term academic visitors to the University as part of a Strategic Programme or Project.


If you have other questions on this topic, please contact the Trust.

We will add to these notes and FAQs periodically

New office address

We have moved to the University's North West Cambridge Development and are delighted to be sharing office space with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at 105 Eddington Place, Cambridge CB3 1AS.  Our telephone numbers and other contact information have not changed.  

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Forthcoming closing dates

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

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

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

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants (CHRGs) 2017-18 Round 1 is now CLOSED - Lent Term 2018 deadline tbc

Newton Trust Research Grants The 2017-18  timetable can be found here. Michaelmas Term 2017 round is now CLOSED; the Lent Term round for Emergency, Project and Equipment Grants will open in early January 2018.

Trustees' meeting dates

Thursday 30 November 2017 at 4pm

Thursday 15 March 2018 at 4pm

Monday 2 July 2018 at 3pm

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