CfA: The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships (John Rylands Research Institute and Library)

Call for applications (post-doc)

The John Rylands Research Institute welcomes applications to The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme for research projects from any discipline that are linked to the world-class Special Collections of the University of Manchester Library. Early Career Fellowships are tenable on a full-time basis for a period of three years, and offer exceptional career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven track record of research.  

Fellows will undertake a significant piece of publishable work, which must be distinguishable from their PhD project, during the period of their award. They will have access to our unique collections and be able to draw on the expertise of our curators. Fellows will also become part of a network of outstanding Special Collections scholars who are currently based at the Institute.

For more information about the scheme, including eligibility criteria, please visit the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships page.

We are happy to provide advice and to talk about ways that the application might draw on the rich Special Collections of the University of Manchester Library. Any queries can be directed to the JRRIL Manager, Kat Lowe (, in the first instance.  

We advise all applicants to consult the Guide to Special Collections and the searchable A-Z on the University of Manchester Library website for more information on our significant and extensive holdings. We also strongly recommend that applicants get in touch with relevant curators early on in the application planning process. Information about curators and their subject specialisms can be found on the 'Our people' page. Those interested in applying will also need to contact a University of Manchester academic who can act as a sponsor for their application. Do get in touch if you would like help suggesting a possible mentor.