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The Phillip Leverhulme Prize is aimed at researchers at an early stage of their careers whose work has had international impact and whose future research career is exceptionally promising. The Prizes are designed to recognise and facilitate the work of outstanding research scholars of proven achievement, who have made and are continuing to make original and significant contributions to knowledge in their particular field.

Each Prize is £100k per awardee, and full eligibility criteria can be found on the Leverhulme Trust website.

Each year Oxford can submit a limited number of candidates to certain subject areas.

For 2022, the University can submit up to 3 candidates to each of the below subject areas. Due to the institutional cap, internal selection processes are being coordinated by the MPLS, Social Sciences and Humanities divisional offices - please contact the relevant office for the subject area you are interested in.

Subject area Lead division Information on the internal selection process
Chemistry MPLS See below.
Engineering MPLS See below.
Economics Social Sciences Available on the University coordinated bids page.
Geography Social Sciences Available on the University coordinated bids page.
Archaeology Social Sciences and Humanities Available on the University coordinated bids page.

Internal selection process - Chemistry

The internal selection process will be coordinated in two stages:

Stage 1: Expressions of interest 

Departments should contact the MPLS divisional office (research@mpls.ox.ac.uk) by Friday 25 February (12 noon) if they have candidates planning to submit to the internal selection process. Interested applicants must reach out to their departmental research facilitator by this deadline. No paperwork is required for this stage.

Stage 2: Internal selection process 

Departments are capped at submitting up to 3 candidates to the internal selection process. Candidates must contact their local research facilitation team if interested in applying and, if selected by their department, submit the below paperwork to research@mpls.ox.ac.uk by Wednesday 23 March (12 noon):

  • 2-page career history (details of awards, grants and prizes, academic or professional activities, membership of professional bodies, teaching, supervision, keynote conference presentations, etc.).
  • 2-page publications list, identifying the four most significant.
  • 250-word abstract for each of the four most significant publications. These abstracts should mention how the publication contributes to the candidate’s discipline.
  • 400 words on significant research achievements to date.
  • 400 words on future research plans.
  • 400 words on how the Prize funds would be used and what the funds would enable the candidate to achieve that current funding does not allow.

Decisions will be made by a multi-departmental panel (if needed), and shortlisting outcomes are expected to be communicated to candidates by mid-April.

 

internal selection process - Engineering

There is no EOI stage for the "Engineering" subject area.

Departments are capped at submitting up to 3 candidates to the internal selection process. Candidates must contact their local research facilitation team if interested in applying and, if selected by their department, submit the below paperwork to research@mpls.ox.ac.uk by Wednesday 23 March (12 noon):

  • 2-page career history (details of awards, grants and prizes, academic or professional activities, membership of professional bodies, teaching, supervision, keynote conference presentations, etc.).
  • 2-page publications list, identifying the four most significant.
  • 250-word abstract for each of the four most significant publications. These abstracts should mention how the publication contributes to the candidate’s discipline.
  • 400 words on significant research achievements to date.
  • 400 words on future research plans.
  • 400 words on how the Prize funds would be used and what the funds would enable the candidate to achieve that current funding does not allow.

Decisions will be made by a multi-departmental panel (if needed), and shortlisting outcomes are expected to be communicated to candidates by the mid-April.

 

Contact

For queries, please contact research@mpls.ox.ac.uk.