Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships at the Faculty of Music


Applications in any field of music/musicology are welcome.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships are aimed at supporting those at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research. All candidates must have submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the application closing date (23 Feb 2023) (unless they have extenuating circumstances, such as maternity or caring responsibilities, etc); or five years prior to the closing date if they can make a case for their work having been impacted by the pandemic.

Fellowships are tenable for three years on a full-time basis. Requests to hold the award part-time over a proportionately longer period may also be considered.

Applicants must not hold or have held a permanent academic position in a UK university or comparable institution, and must have a doctorate or equivalent research experience. Those registered for a doctorate must have submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination by the closing date of 23 February 2023.

A previous connection with the University is not required; applications are particularly welcome from those who obtained their doctorates from other institutions. The Fellowship requires the support of a member of the Faculty willing to act as Mentor.

The Leverhulme online application process will open on 1 January 2023, and its deadline for the 2023 competition will be 23 February 2023 at 4pm.

For more information on the scheme, and eligibility please visit the Humanities Division Website: http://www.humanities.ox.ac.uk/leverhulme-trust-early-career-fellowships.

Application process

Expressions of interest should be sent to research@music.ox.ac.uk by 9am on Wednesday 14 December 2022, consisting of one PDF document containing:

  1. a one-page CV including education, publications, any awards, thesis title and examiners;
  2. a two-page draft statement of research (which may use headings similar to those in the Leverhulme scheme’s notes of guidance);
  3. a 150-word abstract summarising the research for a general audience;
  4. an indication of any additional research expenses that may be needed for the proposed project, such as travel and subsistence.
  5. a named mentor from among the permanent members of the Faculty of Music, who must provide a statement of support (sent directly to the above address, by the 14 December deadline).

A selection process internal to the Faculty of Music will then determine which proposals go forward to a full application to Leverhulme. Applicants will be informed of the Faculty’s decision whether to support their application in mid-January.