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Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowships

Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowships

ROO 7-day Deadline: 4pm, 23 April 2019

ROO 5-day Deadline: 4pm, 25 April 2019

National Deadline: 4pm, 2 May 2019 


These awards enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance, capable of completion within two or three years. Candidates should state explicitly what the proposed outcomes of the award will be. Fellowships are particularly aimed at those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate scholarship at the highest level, which has been sufficient to have won international recognition. It is crucial that you clarify in the project proposal attached to the application what you anticipate the outcomes of the Fellowship to be.

The duration of a Fellowship is for two or three years, to start at the beginning of the 2019/20 academic year. 


Applicants must be employed by a university or other institution of higher education in the UK at the time of application and throughout the duration of the Fellowship. They should be able to demonstrate scholarship at the highest level, but they need not already be of professorial standing.

Please note that you will be required to select three referees able to comment on the research record, standing and potential of the candidate, the merit of the proposed research project, including an assessment of its appropriateness for a two to three-year period of research.. Referees cannot be from the same institution as the applicant, nor from the same institution as each other.


The Fellowships fund the salary costs (normally starting at the most junior point of the lecturer scale at the institution concerned) of an individual to undertake the normal duties of the applicant for the duration of the Fellowship.

A Major Research Fellow may also request research expenses up to an annual maximum of £6,000. If such funds are required they must be requested as part of the application procedure.

Please ensure that applications do not include any ineligible costs.


To make an application you should access the Leverhulme Trust Grant Application System.

Please read carefully the online Help notes before completing the application.

Further information

Please consult the website of the Leverhulme Trust for more information on the Major Research Fellowship scheme.

Potential applicants should contact , Research Facilitator for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for advice on academic content of the proposal.

If you need assistance on costing or general advice on the application, please contact the Research Grants Administrator at the Faculty of History ().