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2016 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London would like to invite applications to the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships scheme.

The scheme provides three year fellowships for early career researchers within five years of submission of PhD. Fellowships are tenable in all fields, except for projects which would be better funded by the MRC. Approximately 100 fellowships will be available in the 2016 round.

Each year the four Arts and Sciences Faculties support a limited number of applications. Those who are successful will join a vibrant community of postdoctoral research fellows at the university who have been supported through this and other external and internal competitions in recent years. The university is fully committed to supporting the scholarship and career development of these fellows, and each will be assigned an academic mentor and will be fully integrated into the life of the School.

The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship competition closes on 10 March 2016.  Any candidate wishing to apply for this Fellowship to be hosted at King’s needs to submit their applications by email to the Arts & Sciences Research Office by Friday 15 January 2016, from where they will be passed on to the Law School’s review team. 

The final decisions about which applications will be supported in the 2016 round will be made by Friday 5 February 2016.

If you have any questions please contact the Law Research Development Manager, Dr Camilla Darling (

Applications must include the following information

1. Eligibility confirmation

  • Date of doctoral viva or anticipated date (Only candidates who have submitted their doctoral thesis by the Leverhulme deadline of 10 March 2016 will be eligible; and those whose doctoral viva was earlier than 10 March 2011 will be ineligible unless there are special circumstances such as a career break, maternity leave, illness or carer’s leave which can be documented.)
  • Current employment details and career history. Please include details of your current salary. (Applicants must not yet have held a full-time established academic post in a UK university)
  • Evidence of association with UK academic community (Applicants must hold a degree from a UK HEI, or at the time of application must hold an academic position in the UK such as a fixed term lectureship or fellowship)

2. Academic track record

  • CV (two pages maximum to include publications)

3. Research record and plans, to include:

  • Project title
  • Proposed host department
  • Abstract written in non-specialist language (250 words)
  • Details of current and past research (250 words)
  • Proposed research project (2 pages): This should include aims, objectives, methodology and outcome (e.g. publication plans). Include any bibliographic references in full, including page numbers where relevant. This statement and the bibliographic references may not exceed two sides of A4. 

Supporting information

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