Postdoctoral Research

Current calls

The internal deadline for the 2019 call has passed.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2020

Offering 50% match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research position, the scheme enables early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Limited funding for research expenses is also available. Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment in the UK. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2020.

Due to the requirement for matched funding it is only possible to support up to two exceptional candidates for this call. We will therefore be running a departmental selection exercise.


Candidates wishing to apply to the department’s gathered field must first ensure that they meet the LT eligibility requirements for this scheme (detailed here). They must then submit the following to the Research Development Officer by 5pm on Monday 6 January 2020:

  • A draft research proposal (maximum 2 pages, 12 point, 1.5 spaced)
  • A CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • A statement of support from the proposed SAME mentor

Selection will be made by a panel, on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Potential for research excellence
  • Viability and quality of project in conceptual and practical terms
  • Closeness of fit with departmental research priorities and benefits to department of hosting project/Fellow
  • Significance of project
  • Potential to lead to permanent academic employment for Fellow

Candidates will be informed of the outcome of departmental selection by Friday 10 January 2020.


Any queries should be directed to the SAME Research Development Officer via

This call is not currently open.

General information

The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography supports postdoctoral and 'early career' fellowships from internal applicants and from applicants outside of Oxford.

If you are interested in making an application, the first step is to seek a mentor or sponsor who is an academic member of the School. You should then contact our Research Co-ordinator who will arrange for the School to assess your proposal (see Step 1, below). You must have the agreement of both the individual academic and the School in order to make an application.

It is strongly recommended that you contact the School in good time (8-10 weeks before funder deadline) if you wish to make an application to a particular scheme or schemes. Links to the funder schemes usually supported by SAME are given below. The list is not exhaustive and other schemes may be considered.

Step 1. Obtaining support (note that there is often a scheme-specific deadline and gathered field evaluation for this step)

All prospective applicants must initially provide: 

  • a cv
  • a summary of the intended project (1-2 A4 pages max)
  • details of the funding scheme (or a link to the online details)
  • a brief statement of support from the mentor

The proposal will be considered by the Research Committee which recommends support or otherwise to the School. All applications will be assessed on academic merit, the viability of the proposed research project, the extent to which the work fits with existing interests of the research cluster, and the extent to which the research speaks to broader interests within SAME. For calls attracting a gathered field, applications will be ranked. The School will also consider its research priorities and resource or space implications when reaching a decision and it does not necessarily support all applications. Please note that School funding in support of post-doctoral positions is not normally available.

Step 2. The application

All external funding applications require the support and approval of both the School and the University's Research Services Office (RSO). Therefore internal deadlines for completion of the application are usually at least two weeks earlier than the funder deadline. The Research Development Officer will assist in completing the financial information for your application.

We strongly recommend that you engage your mentor in the application process and consider carefully any feedback. You should visit the relevant section of the funding body's website and regularly check it for any changes to the scheme or the funding rules.

Please click on the links below for information about applying to the following postdoctoral schemes:

We will also accept applications to other schemes subject to eligibility criteria and funding rules.

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