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Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2019

Applications in all areas of Classical Studies, including Classical Archaeology, are invited from suitably qualified researchers in the early stages of an academic career who wish to base their research in the Faculty of Classics of the University of Oxford. A previous connection with the University is not required: indeed, according to the Leverhulme Trust website,

The Research Awards Advisory Committee believes that the development of an academic career is best served by gaining experience at different institutions. Applicants who have not already moved institutions in the course of their academic career (i.e. between their undergraduate university and proposed host institution) should nominate a new host institution, or otherwise demonstrate clear evidence of the academic and/or personal reasons for remaining at the same institution, such as access to highly specialist equipment or a highly specialised research team

Thus applications are particularly welcome from those who are currently working elsewhere. The Faculty will hold an internal competition to decide which application(s) will be put forward under the scheme, so applicants should not approach the Leverhulme Trust directly until Faculty support is confirmed in writing.

The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme is aimed at scholars who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers; they are defined as those who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK institution and who submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the application closing date of 28 February 2019. Candidates must check that they are eligible for the scheme before proceeding with the application process described below. Candidates should have a proven record of research. The objective is for Fellows to undertake a significant piece of publishable research during the tenure of the award; hence the project put forward should not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate’s doctoral research project. For more information on the scheme, including eligibility, please see the Leverhulme Trust website.

Applications, which should be sent electronically to the HR Administrator ( at the Classics Faculty by the end of 7 January 2019, marked ‘Leverhulme ECF 2019’ in the subject header, should comprise:

1. a maximum two-page CV including education, publications, any awards, thesis title and examiners;

2. a maximum two-page draft statement of research (which should use similar headings to that in the Leverhulme scheme’s notes of guidance);

3. a 150 word abstract summarising the research for a general audience;

4. an indication of what additional research expenses may be claimed.

Candidates are in addition asked to identify:

  • (a) A mentor for their project from among the permanent members of the Faculty of Classics and confirmation that they are willing to act as a mentor. More details about members of the Faculty of Classics can be found here.
  • (b) A referee who should be asked to provide a reference, addressing the significance and originality of the research project and the candidate's fitness to undertake it, which should be sent directly to the HR Administrator by the above date.

What happens next?

Once the Faculty has considered the applications it receives and forwarded the recommendations to the Humanities Division, the successful applicant(s) will then be supported by the Divisional Research Facilitators in the completion of the full application to the Leverhulme Trust.

St John's College, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford

in association with the

Official (Tutorial) Fellowship in Classics and Associate Professorship or Professorship of Classical Languages and Literature

Salary range: £46,336 to £62,219 p.a. (pay award pending) (plus additional College pensionable benefits of up to £18,600, including a Housing Allowance (currently £13,730 p.a., provided the Fellow does not occupy residential accommodation wholly provided by the College) and a Supplementary Duties allowance of £4,870. Associate Professors who are awarded the title of full Professor may receive from the University an additional salary payment of £2,700 p.a. (without change to the
duties of the post). 

Start date: 1 October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

St John’s College, Oxford and the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford propose, if a suitable candidate applies, to appoint to an Official (Tutorial) Fellowship in Classics and an Associate Professorship or Professorship of Classical Languages and Literature with effect from 1stOctober 2019. This is a permanent position, subject to completion of a successful review.

Applications are invited from candidates who are active researchers of outstanding ability in Greek and/or Latin languages and literature, whose areas of research specialisation are in one or more of the following three areas of expertise: Greek and Roman comedy; Attic Oratory; Imperial Greek Literature, and who have the ability to provide excellent tutorial teaching, classes, and lectures. The successful candidate will be required to engage in scholarly research and publication, and to enthuse and inspire students at both undergraduate and graduate level through tutorials, classes, lectures, and supervision. They will be expected to give tutorials in Greek and/or Latin language and literature as agreed with the College. Teaching will include Classics Honour Moderations options in either Homer or Virgil or both, the Classics Honour Moderations option Texts and Contexts, and the Final Honours School options Greek Core or Latin Core or both.

Candidates should normally hold a PhD or be near completion. They should show evidence of the potential to attract external funding for research, and evidence of experience at, or potential for, participating effectively in the other work required by the College and Faculty, including administration.
Applications should be sent in the form of a single pdf document to They must include full contact details, a covering letter or statement explaining how you meet the criteria for the post, a full CV and publications list, and the names and contact details (postal and e-mail addresses and telephone number) of three referees. Candidates should ask their referees to send references directly to Both applications and references should reach the College no later than 12 noon GMT on Thursday 8th November 2018.

Further particulars, including details of the application process, are available on the college website at:

Futher particulars are also available to download from this website: Further particulars

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

St John’s College and the University of Oxford are Equal Opportunities Employers.

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