Nominations Open for Philip Leverhulme Prizes

Established in 1925, the Leverhulme Trust makes awards for the support of research and education in any subject area, with a particular focus on the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Philip Leverhulme Prizes have been offered by the Trust since 2001 in commemoration of the contribution to the work of the Trust made by Philip Leverhulme, the Third Viscount Leverhulme and grandson of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of the Trust.

The prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding early stage researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future careers are exceptionally promising.

Applications are considered within six broad subject areas each year, which rotate on a three-year cycle. For the 2021 competition, the selected subject areas are:


Earth sciences


Politics and international relations


Visual and performing arts

Expenditure from the award can be used for any purpose related to the advancement of the research or artistic practice of the prize winner, provided that the items of expenditure fall within the Trust’s eligible categories.

Nominees must hold either a permanent post or a long-term fellowship in a UK institution of higher education or research that would extend beyond the duration of the Philip Leverhulme Prize. Nominees should normally have been awarded their doctoral degree not more than 10 years prior to the nomination closing date.

Prizes have a value of £100,000, which may be used over a two or three year period. Eligible items of expenditure include: research assistance; teaching replacement; travel and subsistence; consumables (including specialist books, databases and similar materials); technical support; and computer equipment and software.

Nominations must be submitted by the deadline of 17 May 2021 (16:00). Nominations must be made by the nominee’s head of department or equivalent. No institution may submit more than three nominations in any prize subject.

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