Applications are currently being invited for the Philip Leverhulme Prizes for Early Career Researchers in the UK in 2021.

For a fact, the Philip Leverhulme Prizes are for researchers at an early stage of their careers whose work has had some international impact. It’s also for those whose future research career is exceptionally promising.

Worth of Award

This explains why each prize is worth £100,000 and the funding is available over 2 to 3 years.


In order to be eligible for the Philip Leverhulme Prizes, nominees

  • must hold either a permanent post or a long-term fellowship in a UK institution of higher education or research. This post or fellowship is expected to extend beyond the duration of the Philip Leverhulme Prize. However, those otherwise without salary are not eligible to be nominated.
  • should normally have been awarded their doctoral degree not more than ten years prior to the closing date for nominations. The award date is considered to be the date on which the degree was confirmed by the awarding institution.
  • Yet again, it is important to note that prizes are awarded to individuals. Thus, the Trust Board will not consider making an award where two (or more) nominations are received for substantially the same body of work.

Very Important

But that’s not all, applications will be considered within the six broad subject areas available each year. These rotate on a 3-year cycle. To this effect, you may not be nominated for more than one prize subject in any 3-year cycle.

The subject areas for 2021 include

  • Classics
  • Earth Sciences
  • Physics
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Visual and Performing Arts

It is equally important to know how the funds are to be judiciously used. Thus,

Eligible items of expenditure include:

  • research assistance
  • teaching replacement
  • travel and subsistence
  • consumables (including specialist books, databases and similar materials)
  • technical support
  • computer equipment and software

Ineligible items of expenditure are:

  • capital equipment
  • augmentation of the Prize Winner’s salary
  • institutional overheads

How to Apply

Are you wondering how you can make a nomination? Well, here’s what you need to know:

  • Nominations are to be made by the nominee’s head of department (or equivalent).
  • No institution may submit more than three nominations in any prize subject.
  • To make a nomination, please access the Leverhulme Trust Grants Management System. The recommended browser to use is Google Chrome.
  • Institutional approval is required both from the head of department and from an administrative officer on behalf of the institution.

Finally, nominees will be informed of the result of their nominations by the end of November following their nomination.

Deadline: It would interest you to know that the application window stays open till May 17, 2021, by 4 pm.

Click here for more details and to apply