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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

Applications for the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (ECF) 2021/2022 round have now closed. If interested in applying for this scheme with Queen Mary School of Law next year please be aware that requirements may change and this should be taken as a guide only.

We encourage Expressions of Interest for research work to be undertaken in any of the fields of scholarship in which the School has expertise, whether in the Department of Law or CCLS.

About the scheme

The Leverhulme Trust normally requires that candidates must be within 4 years of their PhD viva as of the closing date i.e. those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination before 24 February 2018 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break (usually parental leave, periods of ill health or other significant personal circumstances; time spent working outside of academia is not considered a career break). Where eligibility is through (non-permanent) teaching or research employment at a UK HEI your position must have commenced at least four months before the deadline (i.e. prior to October 2021). See the Trust’s full eligibility criteria here.

Due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic the Trust will accept applications from candidates who submitted their doctoral thesis for examination up to five years prior to the closing date if they can make a case for their work having been impacted by the pandemic. Hence those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination between 24 February 2017 and 24 February 2018 are eligible to apply if their work has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and they should explain their case in their application.

EOIs should include the following:

  1. Title of research proposal
  2. Abstract (250 words): This should be written in non-technical terms so as to be easily comprehensible to a non-expert
  3. Details of current and past research: A summary description of your current and previous research, normally referring to the doctoral thesis (250 words max)
  4. 2 page (A4) detailed statement of proposed research as per the Leverhulme Trust application guidelines
  5. Reason for choosing Queen Mary University of London as the host institution: This should include details of research being conducted in the School which is relevant to your own proposed project and any other additional reason for choosing QMUL School of Law as your host (150 words max)
  6. Name of proposed School of Law mentor (please confirm whether they have agreed to provide mentorship) and 100 words as to why the identified mentor has been selected
  7. Candidate CV (max 2 pages). N.B. This must include the title of your Doctoral thesis and the date that your doctorate was submitted.
  8. List of publications (max 1 page)
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