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School of Geography

Leverhulme ECF 2019 Expressions of Interest

We will support a number of applications to the Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowships (ECF) scheme in the 2019 competition and are looking for expressions of interest from early career researchers interested in working with us.

The ECF programme offers an excellent source of funding for outstanding early career researchers, who have not held a full-time permanent post in a UK university. Fellowships are funded for three years and include an allowance for research expenses of up to £6,000 per year.

The School of Geography offers a rich research environment and was ranked highly in REF2014, with almost 80% of our research outputs rated as ‘world-leading / internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The school is looking to support applications that fall under our four research themes: Culture, Space and Power ; Economy, Development and Social Justice; Health, Biosciences and Security; Earth Surface Science. In addition, we would welcome applicants interested in working with one our interdisciplinary research centres: The City Centre; Centre for Studies of Home; Centre for the Study of Migration; Centre for the Study of Global Security and Development; Centre on Labour and Global Production., and the Centre for Childhood Cultures. You can find out about our current research fellows here.

Interested applicants must contact a potential supervisor in the school prior to submitting an expression of interest to establish whether their research fits with our interests (staff profiles are here). Informal enquiries can also be made to the school’s Research Manager, Andrew Loveland, at

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must hold a degree from a UK university, or hold a non-permanent academic position in the UK (e.g. a fixed-term lectureship).

Full details on the scheme are available on the Leverhulme Trust's website here. Interested applicants should read this information, especially the eligibility requirements, before putting together an application as strict conditions apply.

Selection Process

Expression of interest should consist of:

1. An academic CV of not more than 2 pages.

2. An outline research proposal including, name of potential supervisor, title, abstract (250 words), statement of past and current research (250 words) and 2 page (A4) project outline.

These should be submitted as a single PDF or Word document by email to by 12pm on Monday 17th December 2018.

Assessment will take place at school and faculty level. Successful applicants will be contacted in early February to work on their applications further before the final deadline (28th February 2019).