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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 2023, the University can submit up to 3 candidates to each of the subject areas. Due to the institutional cap, the MPLS divisional office is coordinating an internal selection process for the Biology subject area.

Please note that when considering if your research is within the Leverhulme's Biology remit, the below two research areas are always excluded:

  • studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals
  • research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications

internal selection process - Biology

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 by Friday 21 April (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 within two weeks of the above deadline.


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