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Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship

This scheme is for scientists who would benefit from a period of full-time research without teaching and administrative duties. It is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Antarctic glacier. See the work of Fellowship holder Professor Tavi Murray

Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. For a full list, please see the breakdown of subject groups and areas supported by the Royal Society. The Royal Society does not cover clinical medicine (such as patient orientated research and clinical trials), social sciences or humanities, other than when working in partnership with organisations.

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • have a PhD or equivalent
  • hold a permanent post at a UK university or not-for-profit institution
  • be at a stage in your career when you would particularly benefit from a period of full-time research

Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.

What is the scheme’s value and tenure?

The award lasts between one term and one academic year.

The applicant’s employing institution will be reimbursed for the full salary cost of a teaching replacement (up to the equivalent of the minimum point on the lectureship scale as paid by the host university).

Research expenses up to a maximum of £2,500 are available to cover the costs of consumables, equipment, travel and communicating science.

What is the application process?

Applications should be submitted through the Royal Society’s Grants and Awards management system Flexi-Grant®.

Your application will go through the process detailed on the Making a grant application page overseen by the Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships Panel

Applications are initially reviewed by members of the Panel with the most appropriate expertise, and are then shortlisted. The shortlisted applications are reviewed by two independent referees suggested by the Panel members. The selection panel considers each application taking into account the nominated and independent references at a Panel meeting.

We are committed to supporting applicants with disabilities. If you require a reasonable adjustment during the application process, please contact the team seniorfellowships@royalsociety.org to let us know.

For more information regarding the scheme, please contact the Grants team on seniorfellowships@royalsociety.org or call us on +44 20 7451 2666.

Case studies

Dr Juliet Coates

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