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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Competition 2009


Thanks to the generous support of the John Fell Fund, the Oxford Philosophy Faculty is able to support one Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship application in the 2009 competition. The Fellowship requires the support of a senior member of the Faculty who is willing to act as mentor and is made by competitive application to the Leverhulme Trust.

The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme is aimed at scholars who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but who have a proven record of research. Fellowships are normally tenable for two to three years on a full-time basis. Applicants must normally be under 35, hold an awarded doctorate (or have equivalent research experience), and must not hold or have held a permanent academic position in a UK university or comparable institution.  Further details about the scheme can be found on the Leverhulme Trust’s website at

In addition to the salary (which will normally be at stage one of grade seven of the University’s salary scale: £28,839 p.a.), the applicant will be able to request personal research expenses of up to £6,000 p.a. from the Leverhulme Trust.

In 2008, three Leverhulme Early Career fellowships were awarded to applicants supported by faculties within the Oxford Humanities Division.

The Application Process

If you are interested in applying for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to be hosted by the Oxford Philosophy Faculty please contact at the earliest opportunity the Secretary to the Philosophy Faculty Board ( and/or the Humanities Division Research Facilitator for Philosophy ( Potential applicants should note that the Oxford Philosophy Faculty can put forward only one application to the Leverhulme Trust. All applications will be considered as a gathered field by the Philosophy Faculty Board or a committee set up on its behalf. The final decision will rest with the Faculty Board.

Candidates must submit the following application materials by email to no later than 5pm on Monday 19 January 2009. The materials should include a note of support from the candidate’s proposed mentor. It is the responsibility of the candidate to line up a potential mentor from among the Faculty’s senior academic staff: see

i) a maximum two-page CV including education, publications, any awards, thesis title and examiners;

ii) a maximum two-page draft statement of research (which may use similar headings to that in the Leverhulme scheme’s notes of guidance);

iii) a 150 word abstract summarising the research for a general audience;

iv) an indication of what additional research expenses may be claimed;

v) three academic references: candidates should ask their referees to email copies of references directly to Tom Moore by the deadline.

The successful candidate will be informed of the Faculty Board’s decision no later than Friday 6 February 2009. The Humanities Division Research Facilitator for Philosophy, Dr Lindsay Rudge, will provide advice and guidance to the successful candidate on how to prepare and submit the final version of the application to the Leverhulme Trust. The final application must be submitted, via the Divisional Research Facilitator, no later than 26 February 2009.

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