The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 at the wish of William Hesketh Lever, the first Viscount Leverhulme. The Trust makes awards for the support of research and education in any subject area. The Trust is traditionally a major funding source for those conducting research in British universities.
The Trust’s Research Fellowships are for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline. They are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education. Applications are considered in all subject areas with the following exceptions: studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications.
Awards are not restricted to university graduates and/or academics but applicants should be:
- Experienced researchers, particularly those prevented by routine duties from undertaking or completing a research programme.
- Resident in the UK at the time of application.
- A permanent member of the UK scholarly community and able to demonstrate an established track record in their chosen area of research.
Candidates who have held a Research Fellowship may apply for a second award, but at least seven years should have elapsed since the previous one. Candidates who have held an International Academic Fellowship are eligible to apply if at least three years have elapsed between their application for the International Academic Fellowship and the Research Fellowship.
The maximum value of a fellowship is £55,000. Awards provide research expenses over and above normal living costs and/or provide a contribution towards reasonable replacement costs or loss of earnings. Fellowships are tenable for between three and 24 months.
Applications should be made online by the closing date of 9 November 2017.