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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.

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

The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. It is funded by the Leverhulme Trust

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 electronic grant application system (e-GAP). Applications are initially reviewed by members of the Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships 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 meeting held in May. Applicants are informed of the result by the end of May.

Case Studies

Dr Juliet Coates