Apply for the Swansea University Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2024

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Apply for the Swansea University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships scheme.

Closing Date: 10:00am, 4th December 2023

Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at an early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows will undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position.

Applications are being invited for internal and external candidates who wish to be hosted within the faculty. We would like to support a maximum of seven candidates to submit applications.

The Faculty is made up of four schools, each with a wide range of research centres and groups. These are:

  1. School of Culture and Communication
  2. Hilary Rodham Clinton School of Law
  3. School of Management
  4. School of Social Sciences

Applications should align with Faculty priorities. We advise you to look at the research webpages and contact a potential mentor to clarify specific priorities.


  • Fellowships are normally tenable for three years on a full-time basis. Fellowships will commence between 1 September 2024 and 1 May 2025.
  • These fellowships provide three years of full-time salary and £6,000 p/a research expenses (up to £18,000) over three years.

Eligibility requirements

Applications are invited from:

  • Those with a doctorate who had their doctoral viva not more than four years from the application closing date.
  • For applicants to the current round, this means that you must have submitted your doctoral thesis for viva voce examination after 22 February 2020 unless you have had a career break. In addition, anyone who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination between 24 February 2019 and 24 February 2020 whose work has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is also eligible to apply.
  • They must explain their case in their application.
  • Candidates who hold a full-time permanent academic position are not eligible to apply.

All applicants should read the full eligibility notes and visit the Leverhulme web site  funder guidance here.

How to apply

  • In the first instance, potential applicants should identify a potential mentor and contact them. If you would like help in contacting a mentor, please contact [email protected].
  • Potential candidates need to contact us to gain access to an application form. Candidates should then write a draft two-page outline application with the help of their mentor and submit it, together with a two-page combined CV/publication list, by 10am, Monday 4 December 2023. This needs to be accompanied by a statement of support from their mentor of up to 300 words. Inquiries about access to the application form and completed application forms should both also be sent to [email protected].
  • The Faculty Dean will convene a selection panel. We will notify candidates of decisions by 5pm, Monday 18 December 2023.
  • Selected candidates will be offered bid development and mentoring support as they develop their applications ahead of submission to Leverhulme Trust on 22 February 2024.


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