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The Leverhulme Trust - Early Career Fellowships 2022

Brunel University London

Location: Uxbridge
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th October 2021
Closes: 15th November 2021
Job Ref: 461151

Brunel University London will support a number of Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship applications in the 2022 competition. Applications for this competition require the support of a member of Brunel staff who is willing to act as a mentor.  Brunel will hold an internal competition to decide which applications will be put forward under the scheme and applicants should not approach The Leverhulme Trust directly at this stage.

The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme is aimed at scholars who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers and who have a proven record of research. Applicants must hold an awarded doctorate from a UK Higher Education Institution (or have equivalent research experience) and must not hold or have held a permanent academic position in a UK university or comparable institution.

Candidates must consult the Leverhulme Trust website ( to ensure that they are eligible for the scheme before proceeding with the application.


If you are interested in applying for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to be hosted by Brunel University London and you meet the necessary eligibility criteria, please contact Roxane Peerless, ( as soon as possible.

Candidates should email the application materials listed below to Jenny Laing, ( no later than 4pm, Monday 15th November 2021. 

  • a one-page (maximum) CV including education, publications, any awards, thesis title and examiners.
  • a two-page (maximum) draft statement of proposed research (using similar headings to those in the Leverhulme scheme’s Application Help Notes).
  • a 150-word abstract summarising the research for a general audience.
  • the name of the Brunel staff member who has agreed to act as mentor, should your application be successful. See Brunel People for details of academic staff and their research interests.
  • the names of up to three academic referees.  Candidates should ask their referees to email copies of reference letters directly to by the deadline above.


Selection will be made on the basis of the submitted application materials; no interviews will be held.  All applications will be considered in a two-stage selection process by a panel of senior academic staff, which will decide which candidates will be put forward to the Leverhulme Trust. The panel will assess applications based on the quality of the proposed research project, its relevance to Brunel’s research priorities, and the applicant’s potential to produce published work which is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. The panel will also bear in mind the Leverhulme Trust’s emphasis on the originality and the significance of the project, the ability to judge and take appropriate risks in the project and the removal of barriers between traditional disciplines.

The outcome of the initial selection panel will be communicated to applicants by the 29th of November 2021. Successful candidates will be expected to work closely with their prospective mentor to prepare a final application for the second stage of the selection process and will be provided with additional support from the Brunel Research Support and Development Office. Selected applications must be submitted to the University by the 16th of February 2022 for internal approval, prior to the Leverhulme Trust submission date of the 24th of February 2022.

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