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The Faculty of Architecture and History of Art


The Faculty of Architecture & History of Art invites applications to the 2021 round of the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship competition.

This prestigious scheme aims to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research.

Applicants should contact Head of Department and an academic who works in their area of research, and who could act as their mentor, to discuss their proposed project as soon as possible.

The Faculty operates an initial internal selection process whereby two applications are shortlisted.
Full information is available from the Trust’s website:

Full details of the Leverhulme Trust scheme including rules on eligibility and the application requirements are available from:

Before you apply to the internal competition

  • Check whether you and your subject are eligible on the Leverhulme Trust’s website. NB: If you are a JRF or have held a JRF at a Cambridge College you are not eligible to apply. Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution, nor may Fellows hold such a post concurrently with the Early Career Fellowship.
  • Read the full instructions for the Leverhulme Trust’s national competition
  • Identify a Cambridge academic as a suitable host and find the appropriate Cambridge Host Institution in host list;
  • Discuss your plans with your intended host and check the Host Institution will be willing in principle to accept you if you are successful in the national competition;

Applications for the internal competition consists of:

  • a cover sheet
  • a brief c.v. (not exceeding two sides), and
  • a draft of the three items required for the Leverhulme application:
  1. a list of your major publications (maximum one side)
  2. a statement of your current research (maximum 250 words) and
  3. a detailed statement of your proposed research (maximum two sides).
  • References

Two letters of reference are needed, of which one should come from outside Cambridge (note that the national stage of the Leverhulme competition requires a third reference as well, but this is not necessary for the internal INT competition)

Please ask your referees to send their letters directly to the Host Institution by the deadline 15th December 2020, 4.00pm, not to the Isaac Newton Trust.


  • Candidates must send their applications for the internal selection process to by Tuesday 15 December 2020, 4.00pm
  • Departments will send supported applications to the Isaac Newton Trust to arrive no later than Monday 11 January 2020
  • The Trust will inform candidates and departments of those selected in good time for them to be able to apply for a Leverhulme award by the national deadline of 25 February 2021, 4pm

Please contact the Faculty Research Office with any general queries: