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The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Internal Competition 2024 will open on the 1st September 2023. The University of Cambridge provides matched funding for successful candidates through its Isaac Newton Trust. Full information for applicants may be found at and

If you would like to apply through the University of Cambridge, please submit a draft application to the Faculty of Music by 3pm on THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER 2023 . Applications will initially be scrutinised by the Faculty but the final decision as to whether we can host your application will be made at University level. The deadline for receipt of applications in the University is FRIDAY 17TH NOVEMBER, and we would hope to send you news within four weeks thereafter. If you are successful in the University competitions, we shall ask you to commit to applying through Cambridge alone, and we will work with you to refine your application in advance of the national deadline of 4pm on FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2024.

The documentation we require for LECF applications is as follows:

  • an academic CV (maximum two sides of A4)
  • a list of your major publications (maximum one side)
  • a statement of your current research (maximum 250 words)  
  • a detailed statement of your proposed research (maximum two sides). This should be structured as shown below.
  • two references, one of which should be from beyond Cambridge, sent directly to the Faculty of Music by the deadline below    

These documents should be supplied as Microsoft Word documents (not PDFs) emailed to the Faculty Manager Alex Drury by THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER 2023. You may also use this address for any general queries.

Please note that current or previous holders of full-time permanent academic posts in UK universities or comparable institutions, and current or former stipendiary JRFs at Cambridge or Oxford, are not eligible to apply.


Title of proposed research

Abstract of proposed research (about 200 words)

Proposed programme
Please give a detailed description of the research programme, including methodology. Applicants should be aware of the importance that assessors place on the viability, specificity and originality of the research programme and of its achievability within the timescale, which should be specified below under Plan of Action.

Planned research outputs
Please indicate here what the expected output(s) from your research programme might be. As appropriate, please state as follows: monograph, journal article(s), book chapter(s), digital resources, other (please specify). Details of your plans for publication should be stated under Plans for publication/dissemination below.

Plan of action
Please indicate here a clear timetable for your research programme over the three years of the Fellowship. Try to be as realistic as possible, but keep in mind that research programmes will develop over time and this plan of action is not something that is expected to account for every minute of the three years, and is not unchangeable. But your chances of award will be affected by the assessors' perception of how viable and realistic this plan is.

Plans for publication / dissemination
Please state in more detail here what plans you have for publication or other dissemination of your research, including potential publishers, journals, conferences etc. that are appropriate for your research subject.

Name of preferred mentor
Please indicate whether you have contacted them and/or whether they have agreed in principle: see