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BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

The BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants are now open for applications. Funds are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. These awards, up to £10,000 in value and tenable for up to 24 months, are provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from a defined research project.

Deadline for Applicants – 24 May 2017

For more information, including scheme notes and FAQs, please visit British Academy.


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APEX Awards

The Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary Research (APEX) award scheme has been launched by the Royal Society, British Academy and Royal Academy of Engineering with support from the Leverhulme Trust.

The scheme offers established independent researchers, with a strong track record in their respective area, an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society.

In particular, this scheme aims to:

  • support interdisciplinary research that is unlikely to be supported through conventional funding programmes.
  • promote collaboration across disciplines, with a particular emphasis on the boundary between science and engineering and the social sciences and humanities.
  • support researchers with an outstanding track record, in developing their research in a new direction through collaboration with partners from other disciplines.
  • enable outstanding researchers to focus on advancing their innovative research through seed funding.

Awards of £100,000 for up to 24 months are available.

The deadline for applications is 13th January 2017.

For more information, please visit the Royal Society.

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Royal Society/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships

The Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust invite applications for their senior research fellowships. The scheme covers subjects in all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

The deadline for applications is 11 Jan 2016.

For more information, please visit:

For advice on applying, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.

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Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships – 2015 call for applications open

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Leverhulme has announced that the 2015 call for their  Early Career Fellowships scheme is now open for applications with approximately 80 awards expected to be made.

The deadline is 5th March 2015. Applications must be made through Leverhulme’s online application system.

Early Career Fellowships provide funding for early career researchers in any discipline (except medical and clinical) who do not currently have and have not previously held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university. The cut-off date is five years from PhD viva, which means anyone who had their viva before March 2010 is not eligible (unless you have had a career break). If you are currently or have been registered for a doctorate then you may still apply as long as you have submitted your thesis by the closing date.

The objective is for Fellows to undertake a significant piece of publishable research during the tenure of the award, and the project put forward should therefore not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate’s doctoral research project.

Funding provided is for 50% of a Fellow’s salary for 3 years (up to £24K/annum), with the expectation that the Fellow is moved into a permanent position after this time. The other 50% of the salary must be contributed by the University so please get in contact with the potential hosting Department at the very early stage. Up to £6,000 per annum may be requested in addition to cover research expenses.

The detailed Guidance notes and scheme descriptions can be found here:

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Major Research Fellowships in the Humanities & Social Sciences – deadline 8 May 14

Leverhulme Trust

Providing replacement teaching costs over two or three years, to allow academics in the humanities and social sciences to focus on a specific piece of original research. The 2014 round opens in February 2014 and closes on 8 May 2014.

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.


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 £5,000. If such funds are required they must be requested as part of the application procedure.


The duration of a Fellowship is for two or three years, to start at the beginning of the 2015/16 academic year.

Applicants must be employed by a university or other institution of higher education in the UK.

Please note the level of experience expected for these particular  Fellowships. Applicants need not be of professorial standing but should  “be able to demonstrate scholarship at the highest level” , and should be “well-established and distinguished”.  You will need three referees (not from this institution) who are able to comment on your research record and standing and on the merit of the proposed research project.

You can find a list of Major Fellowships awarded in last year’s Call here:

The Call opens fully in Feb and all info will be here:

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The Leverhulme Trust provide advice on choosing your referees

Leverhulme Trust  The Leverhulme Trust’s Assistant Director, Jean Cater, explains why references are so important and how applicants to their funding schemes can avoid making common mistakes. According to Leverhulme,  “Peer review is a fundamental part of our assessment process, and yet nominating suitable referees seems to be one of the things that applicants struggle with most”.

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Event: Leverhulme Trust Visit – funding opportunities and making applications

Leverhulme-Trust1-300x168On Wednesday 25th September, the Assistant Director of the Leverhulme Trust will be visiting Staffordshire University to give a talk on funding opportunities and making applications.

Staffordshire University have extend a warm invitation to academic, research and project staff at neighbouring HEIs to attend what should be an interesting and informative afternoon. Colleagues involved in research at any level (including non-academic staff) are all welcome to attend.

The presentation will take place at the Stoke campus, within walking distance of the railway station. There will be opportunities for networking and Q&As after the talk.

Further details including timings will be confirmed in due course.

To register your interest in this free event, please contact