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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Leverhulme Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowships 2020

The Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics welcomes applications from potential applicants for the Leverhulme Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2020.

The scheme provides prestigious three-year fellowships awards for researchers who are near the start of their post-doctoral career. Leverhulme specify that all candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship. Those who are or have been registered for a doctorate at any time may apply only if they have submitted their doctoral thesis by the closing date of 4pm on 27 February 2020.

Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the application closing date. Hence those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination before 28 February 2015 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break.

The Leverhulme Trust will contribute 50% of the total salary costs for three years up to a maximum of £25,000 per year. The other half must be provided by the institution at which the grant will be held.  In Cambridge, an internal competition provides matching funding from the Isaac Newton Trust.

Applications are made over two stages. As the Leverhulme Trust provides only 50% of the salary cost for these fellowships, application must be made initially to the Isaac Newton Trust for 50% match-funding. The Isaac Newton Trust runs an internal competition to decide which candidates can be offered matching funding.

If you hope to hold the award in the Faculty of MMLL you should apply to take part in the competition for INT matching funding by the deadline of 5pm on Monday 6th January 2020.

Applications should consist of the following documents:

• A completed cover sheet, available from the Isaac Newton Trust website
• A CV (not exceeding two sides of A4)
• A draft of the three items required for the Leverhulme application:

  1. A list of major publications (not exceeding one side of A4)
  2. A statement of current research (maximum 250 words)
  3. A statement of proposed research (two sides of A4)

Two letters of reference are needed, one of which should be external to Cambridge. Please ask your referees to send references directly to Rachel Plunkett, Faculty Manager  by the closing date (5pm Monday 6th January).

In line with the Leverhulme Trust's intention that these fellowships should encourage mobility between institutions, we welcome applicants from outside Cambridge.  Since we need to demonstrate the relevance of research to the Faculty, applicants are encouraged to state briefly why it would be beneficial to them to work in Cambridge, and what they would hope to contribute to our research culture and (where appropriate) teaching.  For this purpose they should normally expect in advance of their application to contact a member of the Faculty with interests in their field; (that person, however, need not be a referee for the applicant).

Applications should be sent to Rachel Plunkett, Faculty Manager (  

Applicants should provide a hard copy or electronic copy of their application by the closing date, 5pm Monday 6th January, to Rachel Plunkett at this address:

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages and Linguistics
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue

Full details of the Leverhulme ECF scheme including eligibility criteria are available on the Leverhulme Trust website.