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Applications for Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships are now open

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology invites applications for these prestigious awards.

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology (part of the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London) invites applications for Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships. These prestigious awards provide postdoctoral researchers with an opportunity to undertake a significant project of original research and to progress their academic career. The fellowships are for three years and are based upon a matched funding agreement between the Trust and the host institution. Birkbeck is keen to build upon its past success with this scheme by selecting outstanding candidates to support for the 2020-21 call.

Birkbeck will sponsor two exceptional candidates: one working in the field of classical archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean (with a preference for projects engaging in Greek material culture, broadly conceived); and the other in the field of medieval/early modern history (with a strong preference for projects with a non-European focus or which explore Europe’s global entanglements). If successful, the fellowship holder(s) will carry out their own research project and also have the opportunity to develop and teach advanced BA and/or MA option modules in their field of expertise, as well as contributing to team-taught introductory courses where appropriate.

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck has a long and distinguished record as a centre of research and teaching excellence and a longstanding commitment to research-led teaching. HCA is one of the top History departments in the UK, ranked 7th out of 83 in REF 2014 (Times Higher Education research intensity table), with 85% of its research portfolio deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. 

Potential candidates must contact their preferred mentor in the first instance, ideally by the first week of December 2020. Candidates should work with their mentor to prepare a short pro-forma application which should be submitted by 1 January 2021. The pro-forma, along with details of the application procedure, are available on the Birkbeck fellowships webpage.

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