Particular focus is on individuals who have laboured for a long period of time with little or no prospect of dedicating time towards their project or to produce what, in many cases, hopes to be a career defining work.
Please note - applicants who have already applied to the Academy’s 2020-21 round of the Mid-Career Fellowship scheme should note that they are not permitted to apply to the BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship scheme in 2020-21.
The Academy takes no account of an applicant's age or current status (e.g. Professor, Lecturer) in determining eligibility for these awards. Rather, in all cases, award-holders are expected to be able to disseminate the results of their research not only through publications, but also through feeding into their future academic career after the end of the awards. Any field of study in the humanities and social sciences is suitable for support. Additionally, applicants must be employed in a UK institution.
Number of Awards
The Academy invites applications from serving members of academic staff employed in UK universities, other UK institutions of higher education or Independent Research Organisations. It is expected that up to 11 Senior Research Fellowships will be available to be taken up in the autumn of 2021, seven funded by the Leverhulme Trust and four from other sources. As in previous years, one Thank Offering to Britain Fellowship will be funded by the proceeds of the Thank-You Britain Appeal. The appeal was initiated by the Association of Jewish Refugees as a mark of gratitude to Britain for its provision of a home for Jews persecuted by the Nazi regime.
In addition, for 2021 we are able to draw on recent legacy gifts to enable support to be given in specific fields. We are able to offer this year:
- The Donald Winch Fund Senior Research Fellowship in Intellectual History, endowed by Professor Donald Winch FBA through his Will in 2017
- The Michael Dockrill Senior Research Fellowship in British Foreign Policy
- The Saki Ruth Dockrill Senior Research Fellowship in Contemporary History and International Security Studies
The last two mentioned above are funded by Professor Michael Dockrill through his Will in 2018.
Application is made through the one scheme and all applicants will be considered through the open call. Applicants who meet the overall standard for award and meet the subject criterion of the special awards will be awarded the relevant named Fellowships.