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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships (University of Exeter)

January 15, 2016

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Exeter’s College of Humanities is inviting expressions of interest from post-doctoral researchers considering making an application for the 2016/17 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships scheme.

About the Fellowships

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2016. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

Exeter is a centre for world-leading research across the Humanities. Their departments are consistently placed in the top flight for research nationally and internationally: under REF 2014 Theology was ranked 2nd, Archaeology 3rd and History 8th in the UK; English was ranked in the top-50 in the QS World University Rankings.

Exeter is a portal to a rich variety of resources for Humanities research. The University’s Special Collections hold unique archives of modern and contemporary literature including the papers of Henry Williamson and William Golding and the library of John Betjeman; they also hold the medieval manuscripts and early printed books of Syon Abbey.  Active partnerships with a network of national and regional heritage organisations, museums, archives and libraries including the Historic England, National Trust, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and South West Heritage Trust give their researchers access to further exceptional facilities and materials for study.

The College of Humanities offers a dynamic, creative and, above all, supportive environment for research. A wide variety of dedicated research centres present opportunities for cross-disciplinary exchange; Humanities researchers lead on several themed projects which connect with research groups in the Social Sciences and STEMM. From this environment their doctoral and post-doctoral researchers have an enviable track record of onward employment in the sector.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university.
  • Applicants must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the fellowship.
  • Applicants with a doctorate must have had their doctoral viva after 10 March 2011 unless they have had a career break.

Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest, including a 100-word abstract, a concise outline of the proposed research programme/plan of action (maximum 800 words), a summary of the intended outputs and a CV should be sent no later than 15 January 2016. Applicants to be supported by Exeter will be confirmed no later than 22 January 2016.

Further information

For further information on pursuing a Leverhulme ECF application please contact:

Archaeology Oliver Creighton
Classics & Ancient History Lynette Mitchell
Drama Cathy Turner
English Nicholas McDowell
History Jane Whittle
Modern Languages Adam Watt
Theology & Religion Morwenna Ludlow 


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