Bourse de recherche, Oxford

Bourse de recherches de la Faculté de théologie d’Oxford, Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2012.

Applications in all areas of Theology and the Study of Religions are invited for this Fellowship, from suitably qualified researchers in the early stages of an academic career who wish to base their research in the Faculty of Theology of the University of Oxford. Applications from outside Oxford are particularly encouraged, but the Fellowship requires the support of a member of the Faculty willing to act as Mentor.

The Humanities Division and the Faculty of Theology believe that providing early career opportunities for researchers is a continuing priority. It is expected that as in previous years the applications will be supported by funding from the John Fell Fund.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships are aimed to support those at a relatively early stage of their academic careers (defined as having had their doctoral viva no more than five years prior to the closing date) but with a proven record of research. Fellowships are tenable for three years on a full-time basis. From 2012 Fellowships of 24 months will no longer be offered, but requests to hold the award part-time over a proportionately longer period may be considered. Applicants must normally be under 35, not hold or have held a permanent academic position in a UK university or comparable institution, and have a doctorate or equivalent research experience.

For more information on the scheme, including eligibility, please see the Leverhulme Trust website. The Leverhulme online application process will open on 4 January 2012 and its deadline for the 2012 competition will be 4pm on 8 March. See below for internal deadlines.

The Faculty Board will receive applications and forward a recommendation to the Humanities Division from a selection committee which will consider the gathered field of applications. In assessing the applicants’ research records the Faculty selectors will take into account the varying amounts of time that candidates will have had since completing their doctorates.

How to apply to the Faculty of Theology

Applications, which should be sent electronically to Dr Mike Froggatt

( at the Theology Faculty by Friday 10th February 2012 marked ‘Leverhulme ECF 2012’ in the subject header, should


1. a maximum two-page CV including education, publications, any awards, thesis title and examiners; 2. a maximum two-page draft statement of research (which may use similar headings to that in the Leverhulme scheme’s notes of guidance); 3. a 150 word abstract summarising the research for a general audience; 4. an indication of what additional research expenses may be claimed.

Candidates are in addition asked to identify:

a) A Mentor for their project from among the academic staff of the Faculty of Theology and confirmation that they are willing to act as a Mentor. More details about members of the Faculty of Theology can be found at

b) A referee who should be asked to provide a reference, addressing the significance and originality of the research project and the candidate’s fitness to undertake it, which should be sent directly to Dr Froggatt by the above date.

What happens next?

Once the Faculty has considered the applications it receives and forwarded the recommendations to the Humanities Division, the successful

applicant(s) will then be supported by the Divisional Research Facilitators in the completion of the full application to the Leverhulme Trust. Further details will follow.


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