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Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2021 


Applications in all areas of Classical Studies, including Classical Archaeology, are invited from suitably qualified researchers in the early stages of an academic career who wish to base their research in the Faculty of Classics of the University of Oxford. A previous connection with the University is not required; indeed, according to the Leverhulme Trust website:


"The Research Awards Advisory Committee believes that the development of an academic career is best served by gaining experience at different institutions. Applicants who have not already moved institutions in the course of their academic career (i.e. between their undergraduate degree and current position) should nominate a new host institution, or otherwise demonstrate clear evidence of the academic and/or personal reasons for remaining at the same institution, such as access to highly specialist equipment or a highly specialised research team."


Thus, applications are particularly welcome from those who are currently working elsewhere. The Faculty will hold an internal competition to decide which application(s) will be put forward under the scheme, so applicants should not approach the Leverhulme Trust directly until Faculty support is confirmed in writing. 


The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme is aimed at scholars who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers; they are defined as those who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK institution and who submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the application closing date of 25 February 2021. Candidates must check that they are eligible for the scheme before proceeding with the application process described below. Candidates should have a proven record of research. The objective is for Fellows to undertake a significant piece of publishable research during the tenure of the award; hence, the project put forward should not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate’s doctoral research project. For more information on the scheme, including eligibility, please see the Leverhulme Trust website

Applications should be marked ‘Leverhulme ECF 2021’ in the subject header and sent electronically to the HR Administrator ( at the Classics Faculty by the end of Friday 4 December 2020. Applications should comprise the following: 

1. a maximum two-page CV including education, publications, any awards, thesis title and examiners; 

2. a maximum two-page draft statement of research (which should use similar headings to that in the Leverhulme scheme’s notes of guidance); 

3. a 150 word abstract summarising the research for a general audience; 

4. an indication of what additional research expenses may be claimed. 

In addition, candidates must:

  • (a) Identify a mentor for their project from among the permanent members of the Faculty of Classics and confirmation that they are willing to act as a mentor. More details about members of the Faculty of Classics can be found here.
  • (b) Ask a referee to provide a reference where they address the significance and originality of the research project and the candidate's fitness to undertake it. The reference should be sent directly to the HR Administrator by Friday 4 December.