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

Deadline for applications: noon, Thursday 2 January 2020

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 Thursday 2 January 2020, which will put forward shortlisted candidates to the Isaac Newton Trust for match funding as required by the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme.

The Faculty is delighted to receive applications in any area of History. To complement our current broad range of research strengths, in this coming cycle we would be particularly keen to receive applications in any of the following general areas: the medieval middle east/north Africa; the history of South America; global intellectual history; the history of sexualities; the early modern maritime world. But we are open to all strong proposals.

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 Professor John H. Arnold. 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% match funding to the total salary costs for the three-year fellowship:

  • Prospective candidates must complete a Cover Sheet (available here) and submit this to researchgrants@hist.cam.ac.uk before the deadline of noon on 2 January 2020.
  • Prospective candidates must 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 of two sides or A4) as either Word or PDF documents.
  • 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 2 January 2020.
  • 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.

Specific guidance for the 2020 Leverhulme competition is published on the Trust’s website available here.