Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2022



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Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2022


Applications in all areas of Theology & Religion are invited from suitably qualified researchers in the early stages of an academic career who wish to base their research in the Faculty of Theology & Religion of the University of Oxford. A previous connection with the University is not required: indeed, according to the Leverhulme Trust website,

The Trust believes that the development of an academic career is best served by gaining experience at different institutions. Applicants who have not already moved institutions in the course of their academic career (i.e. between their undergraduate university and proposed host institution) should nominate a new host institution, or otherwise demonstrate clear evidence of the academic and/or personal reasons for remaining at the same institution, such as access to highly specialist equipment or a highly specialised research team.

Thus, applications are particularly welcome from those who are currently working elsewhere. The Faculty will hold an internal competition to decide which application(s) will be put forward under the scheme, so applicants should not approach the Leverhulme Trust directly until Faculty support is confirmed in writing.

The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme is aimed at scholars who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers; they are defined as those who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK institution and who submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination within four years of the scheme deadline (ie no earlier than 24 Feb 2018); however, where a candidate can make a case for their research having been disrupted by COVID, the eligibility deadline for having submitted their thesis is 24 February 2017.  Candidates must check that they are eligible for the scheme before proceeding with the application process described below.

Candidates should have a proven record of research. The objective is for Fellows to undertake a significant piece of publishable research during the tenure of the award; hence the project put forward should not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate’s doctoral research project.

For more information on the scheme, including eligibility, please see the Leverhulme Trust website.

Candidates wishing to apply through Oxford as their host institution are asked to submit the application form here no later than Friday 3 December 2021. There is no guarantee that applications submitted after this date will be processed. Please note that all applicants should have secured the agreement of a potential mentor within the Faculty.

For general queries please contact: recruitment@theology.ox.ac.uk


What happens next?

The Faculty will consider the applications it receives; it would hope to inform applicants of their position by early January 2022.  Due to the volume of applications, the panel is unable to offer feedback to unsuccessful candidates.

The Faculty will then forward their recommendations to the Humanities Division; the successful applicant(s) will then be supported by the Divisional Research Facilitators in the completion of the full application to the Leverhulme Trust.