What Leverhulme Trust fund
The Trust will contribute 50% of the Fellow’s total salary costs (including National Insurance and superannuation) up to a maximum of £26,000 for three years, with the balance to be paid by the host institution. The Trust’s maximum annual contribution will be pro-rated if the Fellowship is held on a part-time basis. Each Fellow may request up to £6,000 per annum in research expenses to further his or her research activities (see the Leverhulme website for more details).
Arrangements for the remaining funding
Your department can apply to the University's Fellowships Coordination Committee (FCC) to match-fund some of the remaining salary costs (the process can be found here: Financial support for Early Career Fellowship Applications from the Fellowships Coordination Committee).
For the 2024 call, FCC has committed to match funding up to 1 Leverhulme Fellow per Department. This means that, in practice, Departments can put in as many applications as they wish, but if they have more than one successful application, they will have to cover the cost of the 2nd/3rd/etc Fellow themselves.
The Faculty/Department will provide the remaining match funding, so you will need to check with your Department and Faculty Research Support Team to ensure that they are also willing to match fund any applicant.
There is no University-level selection process for this scheme, with Departments, Schools and Faculties taking the lead on reviewing candidates' suitability for this scheme.
To try to support effective selection processes, we’ve compiled a short guide for Departments and Schools, to assist in choosing candidates.
You may also wish to use our example Expression of Interest template when undertaking any Departmental/School selection process.
The following information relates to funder and University processes and is intended to assist members of Research Support teams.
- The RGO deadline for applications is 8 February 2024
- Expected starting salary grade: 7.1
- If the fellow wishes to include Research expenses in their project, these should be processed through the University (i.e. included in Worktribe) rather than claimed directly from Leverhulme Trust.
- Example Worktribe costing
The FCC will cover 50% of the salary shortfall (i.e. 25% of the overall salary costs) for all Leverhulme applications. To calculate this from Worktribe, click the 'Budget' tab, and from the dropdown box on the right hand side of the screen click 'Export Budget', then download 'Staff Costs'. You will need to calculate the figures by Financial Year, not Project Year, so look for 'Academic Year (1st Aug - 31st Jul)'.
If you have any queries, please get in touch with your RGO contact.