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Applications for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2015

last modified Nov 17, 2014 11:35 AM
Applications for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2015

The Faculty of Classics welcomes applications for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships. The Leverhulme Trust Board, through its Research Awards Advisory Committee, is offering approximately eighty three-year Fellowships in 2015. These are post-doctoral awards. The Fellowships provide career development opportunities for researchers with a proven record of research at a relatively early stage of their academic careers. The objective is for Fellows to undertake a significant piece of publishable research during the tenure of the award; the project proposed should therefore not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate’s doctoral research.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships demand matching funding from the host institution. For the Faculty of Classics matching funding is available, on a competitive basis, through the generosity of the Isaac Newton Trust. Applications which receive support from the Faculty of Classics will be sent to the Isaac Newton Trust for consideration for matching funding. Those applications which receive support from the Isaac Newton Trust will be forwarded for consideration by the Leverhulme Trust.

Applications to the Faculty should consist of

(a) a brief CV (not exceeding two sides);

(b) a pdf version of the draft Leverhulme2015 ECF application. In preparing these documents, applicants should adhere closely to the Leverhulme Trust’s guidelines in the 2015 ECF Scheme Leaflet;

(c) a brief statement (maximum 250 words) explaining why the Classics Faculty is the best place for this research to be undertaken;

(d) a brief statement (maximum one side A4) outlining how the applicant would contribute to the teaching and wider intellectual life of the Faculty in the context of the Leverhulme Trust's guidance on teaching in the 2015 ECF Scheme Leaflet. Applicants should indicate the undergraduate Tripos papers for which they would expect tosupervise and in what area(s) they would wish to lecture, if an opportunity were available;

(e) two letters of reference, at least one from outside Cambridge;

(f) a substantial writing sample (normally the PhD thesis or the thesis as revised for publication).

Applicants must give the dates on which they took their PhD viva and on which they were awarded the PhD. Applicants are not eligible for the Leverhulme competition if their PhD viva was more than five years before the closing date of 5 March 2015, unless they have had a career break.

Applications must be received in electronic form by the Faculty Administrator, Mrs Jane Fisher-Hunt ( by 12 noon on Tuesday 6 January 2015.

The Leverhulme Trust website indicates that its application forms for the 2014 ECF Scheme can be accessed from 1 January 2015; applicants are therefore advised that they will not be able to send in their applications to the Faculty before that date. 

Information about the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships, including application forms and the 2014 ECF Scheme leaflet can be found at

Information about the Isaac Newton Trust can be found at

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Faculty’s Research Officer (Dr Rebecca Flemming, and/or an academic working in the relevant discipline in the Faculty (for a complete list see in order to discuss their proposal before submitting it by the 6th January deadline.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jane Fisher-Hunt ( for further information.

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