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Fellowships and Research Opportunities

The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme

The School of Modern Languages offers support for applications to the Early Career Fellowship scheme (ECF) on a competitive basis.

The School hosts a vibrant research culture with internationally recognized expertise in its 7 language disciplines as well as Comparative Literature. Areas of interest extend from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary, and we have an established and very diverse profile in fields such as literature, history, film, and other aspects of cultural production

Candidates interested in applying to the Scheme through the School of Modern Languages should, in the first instance, identify and contact a relevant member of staff to act as a mentor. If the member of staff supports the proposal and agrees that the School can offer the resources required to support the research, then the candidate should prepare a proposal to be submitted by the School’s internal competition deadline. The deadline for application is noon on 11 January 2018 and should be submitted as a word file to Professor Derek Duncan, Director of Research, The mentor should submit a separate statement of support using the outlined criteria by the same deadline. The proposal should include the following information: 

•  Title of research proposal: No more than 80 characters including spaces.

•  Fields of study: Select the fields of study which most closely reflect the area of research of the current application.

•  Abstract: This account should be given in non-technical terms so as to be easily comprehensible to a non-expert (maximum 100 words).

•  Details of current and past research: Give details of your current and past research experience (maximum 250 words). If this is too extensive to be summarised in 250 words focus on the research most relevant to the current application.

•  Detailed statement of proposed research: This should include aims, objectives, methodology and outcome (e.g. publication plans). This statement and the bibliographic references may not exceed two sides of A4.

•  Major publications: Please list your publications (maximum one side of A4) under three main headings; ‘In preparation’, ‘Submitted’ and ‘Published’, as appropriate. If a full list of your publications exceeds one page then include only the publications most relevant to the current application.

•  3 Referees:  Name, email address and current institution.  No more than one referee should be from the proposed host institution and no more than one should be from the institution where you obtained your doctorate. The head of department from your proposed host institution may not act as a referee.

Full details of the Leverhulme ECF scheme can be found at: