Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships (ECF) for International Researchers 2017


Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships (ECF) is  offering funding for outstanding early-career researchers who have not held a full-time permanent post in a UK university. Fellowships are funded for three years and offer research expenses of up to £6,000 per year. The scheme invites expressions of interest from early-career researchers interested in collaborating with us on our Multidisciplinary Research Themes.

Application Deadline: 31st January 2017.

Offered annually? Yes

To be taken at (country):  Northumbria University, UK

Eligible Fields: The University is looking to support applications under the following eight themes:

  • Bioeconomy
  • Digital Living
  • Extreme Environments
  • Future Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Integrated Health
  • The Centre for Environmental and Global Justice
  • Ideate: Critically Aware Design Innovation

Type: Fellowship


  • All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship, and must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution.
  • Applications from those with a doctorate must have submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the application closing date. (Hence those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis before 2 March 2013 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break.)

Selection Criteria: 

  • Applicants should clearly state innovative aspects of their research and how they are of relevance to their chosen theme.
  • Interested applicants should contact a relevant member of academic staff aligned to their chosen theme prior to submitting an expression of interest to establish whether their research fits with our interests. (Staff profiles are on the theme web pages)
  • The Leverhulme Trust favour proposals that offer fresh and innovative perspectives and approaches, so this will be a key aspect in considering Expressions of Interest.
  • Applications will be considered in all subject areas with the following exceptions: both because of the substantial funding available from other sources for applied medical research, and the Trust’s priority to support investigations of a fundamental nature, they do not fund studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications.

Value of Fellowship: £6,000 per year.

Duration of Fellowship: three years

How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest consisting of:

  1. An academic CV of not more than 2 pages.
  2. An outline research proposal to include: title, abstract (250 words), statement of past and current research (250 words) fit to theme and potential mentor (250 words) and a 2 page (A4) project outline.

Expressions of interest or should be submitted as a single PDF or Word document by email to by 11.59pm on 31st January 2017. Initial assessment will take place at department and faculty level. Successful applicants will be contacted in early-February to work on their applications further before the final deadline. (2nd March 2017)

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details

Award Provider: Northumbria University

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