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Applications for a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (2018)

The Leverhulme Trust

Many thanks for your interest in applying for a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (ECF), tenable in the Department of History at the University of Warwick. The Department is keen to encourage new research and support postdoctoral projects; potential applicants for this scheme are always welcome to approach us. In preparation for a possible bid, we recommend that each candidate considers:

  • The eligibility criteria and application procedures outlined on the Leverhulme Trust website;
  • How your research and teaching plans fit with the Department’s profile;
  • Which member(s) of the Department's academic staff that would be particularly interested in the work proposed, with a view to seeking their advice and endorsement ahead of submission;
  • The highly competitive nature of this process and the small number of applications the Department will be able to endorse;
  • Other possible funding schemes where Warwick could act as the host institution.

For the 2017-18 round, the internal Leverhulme Trust ECF selection process will run as follows:

  • Applications must reach both the Department Administrator, Robert Horton (, and the Director of Research, Professor Mark Philp (, by no later than midnight on Sunday 7th January 2018. Submissions must include:
    • A document including all application information required by the Leverhulme Trust, completed as far as is possible (see the ‘Application Help Notes' that identify the key components to be addressed in the application available on the Leverhulme Trust website);
    • A one-page outline of an undergraduate second-year module, based on your field of research, that could be taught in the second year of the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship;
    • Your academic CV with clear contact details;
    • Two academic references. Please note that the Leverhulme Trust has the following requirements:
      "No more than one referee should be from the proposed host institution and no more than one should be from the institution where you obtained your doctorate. The Head of Department from your proposed host institution may not act as a referee."
    • Endorsement by a member of the Warwick History Department academic staff. We very strongly recommend that you make contact with the staff sponsor early in the process and that you consult him/her over the application before you submit it to the Department. You will have a chance to respond to our advice if we agree to propose you to Leverhulme, but you should ensure that your application is as strong as possible when you apply in January, since we do need to make difficult choices at that stage.
  • All applicants will be emailed about the outcome as soon as possible after our internal submission date - we aim to inform people within a week so as to allow them to approach other institutions. Given the likely strength of the field and the cost implications, this will be a difficult decision based on consideration of a wide range of factors.
  • Those candidates that the department wishes to put forward will be asked to send their documentation to the University’s Research and Impact Services (RIS) with immediate effect. RIS colleagues will be able to assist with the final preparations for the online application, which must be submitted online to the Leverhulme Trust on the 1st March 2018.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to contact me, if you require any further information or advice.

With best wishes, 

Professor Mark Philp
History Department Director of Research