Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship 2023

Isaac Newton Trust match funding for Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship internal competition at the Faculty of History

Deadline for applications: noon, Wednesday 14 December 2022


The Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge invites applications for Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships in History. The deadline for applications is 12pm (noon) on Wednesday 14 December 2022. The Faculty will put forward shortlisted candidates to the Isaac Newton Trust for match funding as required by the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme.

We are delighted to consider applications in all fields of history.

Potential candidates should first contact a suitable academic host from among our existing staff; if needing guidance on whom to approach, please contact the Research Director, Dr Celia Donert at chd31@cam.ac.uk. Please note that the scheme is competitive, both at the internal stage for match funding from the Isaac Newton Trust, and then in the subsequent application to the Leverhulme Trust. The Faculty will nominate a small number of successful candidates to the University’s selection process; if awarded match funds from the Isaac Newton Trust these candidates will then go on to compete at a national level in the funding competition.

The Leverhulme Trust stipulates that institutions must operate internal competitions in advance of the Leverhulme deadlines to ensure only the most appropriate applications are submitted to the Trust. The Leverhulme Trust requires candidates to secure matching funding. The internal selection process to The Isaac Newton Trust provides 50% funding of salary costs for Y1 to Y3, up to a maximum of £26,000 in each year, plus a contribution to research expenses. To apply:

  • Prospective candidates must complete a Cover Sheet and submit this to researchgrants@hist.cam.ac.uk before the deadline of noon on 14 December 2022.
  • Prospective candidates must also include their CV (2 A4 sides maximum), a list of publications (maximum one side of A4), a statement of your current research (maximum 250 words), and a detailed statement of your proposed research (maximum two sides of A4) as a single document in either Word or PDF.
  • Two letters of reference are needed, of which one should come from outside Cambridge. Please note that a third reference will be required for the national stage of the Leverhulme competition, but only two are required at the internal stage. Please request that your referees send their letters to researchgrants@hist.cam.ac.uk by noon on 14 December 2022.

Candidates who are successful in this internal competition for matching funds from the Isaac Newton Trust will then be asked to prepare and submit their applications to the Leverhulme Trust.



In order to be eligible for the competition, applicants must:

  • not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post (this includes stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships at Oxbridge Colleges) in a UK university or comparable UK institution, nor may Fellows hold such a post concurrently with the Early Career Fellowship;
  • have submitted their PhD no earlier than 23 February 2018 (unless they have had a career break) and not later than 4pm on 23 February 2023.  NB:  Due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic the Trust will accept applications from candidates who submitted their doctoral thesis for examination up to five years prior to the closing date if they can make a case for their work having been impacted by the pandemic. Hence those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination between 23 February 2018 and 23 February 2019 are eligible to apply if their work has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and they should explain their case in their application.
  • currently either hold a degree from a UK HEI or at the time of application have held an academic position (eg fixed-term fellowship) in the UK for at least 4 months (ie were appointed before 31 October 2022).