The purpose of these awards is to give an opportunity for extended research leave to a small number of the most outstanding established scholars to enable them to concentrate on a significant research programme, while freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments.
Emphasis is also placed by the Academy and the Wolfson Foundation on the importance of award-holders communicating their plans and results to a broad audience.
PLEASE NOTE - For the 2016-17 round of competitions, applicants may not apply to the BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship (deadline 16 November 2016) in addition to applying to this year's round of the Wolfson Research Professorships.
Scheme Timetable - Wolfson Research Professorships 2016-17
Scheme Opens - 28th September 2016
Deadline for Applicants - 23rd November 2016
Deadline for Institutional Approval - 24th November 2016
Deadline for Referees - 1st December 2016
Final Award Announcement expected - 31st March 2017
Earliest Award Start Date - 1st September 2017
Latest Award Start Date - 1st January 2018
The Academy takes no account of an applicant's age or current status (e.g. Professor, Lecturer) in determining eligibility for these awards. Rather, in all cases, award-holders are expected to be established scholars with a significant track record of publication. Any field of study in the humanities and social sciences is suitable for support.
The awards are of a fixed value of £165,000 (£55,000 p.a. for three years). Funding is expected to be used primarily to meet the costs of replacement teaching, with any balance available to the award-holder as research expenses. These awards are not covered under the Full Economic Costing (FEC) regime.
Wolfson Research Professorships are held for a period of three years.