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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2020, University of Cambridge, UK

Publish Date: Nov 18, 2019

Deadline: Dec 18, 2019

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2020

The Department of Archaeology welcomes applications for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships. The Leverhulme Trust Board is offering approximately 100 three-year Fellowships in 2020. These are post-doctoral awards. The Fellowships provide career development opportunities for researchers with a proven record of research at a relatively early stage of their academic careers (within 5 years of submitting their PhD). The objective is for Fellows to undertake a significant piece of publishable research during the tenure of the award; the project proposed should therefore not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate’s doctoral research.

The Leverhulme Trust provides half the Fellow’s salary costs, demanding matching funding from the host institution. For applicants wishing to be hosted by Cambridge University, the Isaac Newton Trust (INT) has agreed to provide matching funds of £25,000 p.a. to cover the remaining half of the salary costs. Applications will initially be ranked within the Department and two will be submitted to the Isaac Newton Trust.  It is expected that successful applicants will be notified by late January and advised to prepare an application to the Leverhulme Trust by their deadline of 27 February 2020.

Applications should consist of

(a) a cover sheet

(b) a brief CV (not exceeding two sides)

(c) a list of your major publications (maximum one side)

(d) a detailed statement of your proposed research (maximum two sides)

(e) a statement of your current research (maximum 250 words)

(f) a brief statement (maximum 150 words) explaining why the Department of Archaeology is the best place for this research to be undertaken

(g) two letters of reference, at least one from outside Cambridge

Applicants must give the dates on which they took their PhD viva and on which they were awarded the PhD. Applicants are not eligible for the Leverhulme competition if they submitted their PhD before 27 February 2016 (unless they have had a career break) and no later than 4pm on 27 February 2020.

The research carried out in the Department of Archaeology and at the McDonald Institute primarily falls within six research themes that foster links across periods, regions, methods, and theoretical approaches. We welcome applications from the following themes

  • Environment, Landscapes and Settlement
  • Heritage
  • Human Evolutionary Studies
  • Material Culture
  • Rethinking Complexity
  • Science, Technology and innovation

All wishing to be hosted by the Department of Archaeology should email their applications (including the requested references) to Nicholas Ward ( by 4.00pm on Wednesday 18 December 2019.

Successful candidates would join a large and dynamic group of postdoctoral research fellows at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.  In addition to research funding from the Leverhulme Trust, they would be eligible to apply for up to £5,000 a year from the McDonald Grants and Awards Scheme to cover any other research expenses.

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