Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2022

Offering partial funding for the salary costs of a three-year academic research position (with the remainder to be funded by the host institution), the scheme enables early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Limited funding for research expenses is also available. Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment in the UK. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Approximately 145 Fellowships will be available in 2022.

Due to the requirement for matched funding it is only possible to support a very limited number of exceptional candidates for this call. We will therefore be running a departmental selection exercise.


Candidates wishing to apply to the department’s gathered field must first ensure that they meet the LT eligibility requirements for this scheme (detailed here). They must then submit the following to the Research Support Team by 5pm on Wednesday 8 December 2021:

  • A draft research proposal (maximum 2 pages, 12 point, 1.5 spaced)
  • A CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • A statement of support from the proposed SAME mentor

Selection will be made by a panel, on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Potential for research excellence
  • Viability and quality of project in conceptual and practical terms
  • Closeness of fit with departmental research priorities and benefits to department of hosting project/Fellow
  • Significance of project
  • Potential to lead to permanent academic employment for Fellow

Owing to unforeseen circumstances, candidates will now be informed of the outcome of departmental selection by Wednesday 5January 2022.


Any queries should be directed to the SAME Research Support Team via research@anthro.ox.ac.uk