Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships: Call for Expressions of Interest

SPERI is inviting expressions of interest for the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship call.

SPERI is an excellent place for early career scholars to launch their academic careers; it provides a vibrant and collegial intellectual environment, opportunities for mentorship and collaboration, and unique support for policy development and public engagement.

SPERI’s research agenda is available here. We welcome all proposals in the field of political economy but would be keen to receive proposals that connect to the four central themes of our research agenda: Capitalism, Democracy & the State; Finance, Debt & Society; Corporations & the Global Economy, and Labour & Decent Work. We especially welcome proposals from female, LGBTQ, racial and ethnic minority, and international scholars.

To express an interest, please submit a one-page outline of your proposed project and a one-page CV to Dr Liam Stanley, SPERI Deputy Director (l.m.stanley@sheffield.ac.uk) by 5pm October 28th 2019. Applicants will be informed of decisions in mid-November. We will work with shortlisted candidates to develop applications ahead of the scheme’s submission deadline of 27th February 2020.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss an application, then please get in touch with Dr Stanley.


The Fellowship

  • The awards are tenable for 36 months, and will commence between 1 September 2020 and 1 May 2021.
  • The Trust will support requests to hold the award part-time over a proportionately longer period for health-related reasons, disability or childcare commitments. 
  • Up to £6,000 a year will be available for research expenses.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution.
  • Candidates who have been, or are currently a Principal Investigator on a 3-year post-doctoral research project or equivalent are not eligible to apply.
  • All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship.
  • Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who had their doctoral viva not more than four years from the application closing date.
  • A candidate may submit only one application per year. Previously unsuccessful applicants may reapply.