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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Competition 2010


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 2010 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. Please note that although there is an option for applying for three years funding, the Fell Fund will only support two-year ECF applications. 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 Candidates must check that they are eligible for the scheme before proceeding with the application process described below.

In addition to the salary (which normally will be set at stage one of grade seven of the University’s salary scale: £28,839 p.a. at October 2008), the applicant will be able to request personal research expenses of up to £6,000 p.a. from the Leverhulme Trust.

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 ( 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 acting on its behalf.

Candidates must submit the following application materials by email to no later than 5pm on Monday 18 January 2010.  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:

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’s decision as soon as possible after the deadline for receipt of application materials. No interviews will be held – selection of the candidate will be made on the basis of application materials alone. The successful candidate will be required to submit the final version of his or her application to the Humanities Division Research Facilitator for Philosophy no later than 15 February 2010. The Research Facilitator will provide assistance and advice to the successful candidate in preparing his or her application.

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