- The William Leech Trust keenly invites applications for both types of William Leech Research Fellowship.
- In accordance with the Trust Deed, Fellowships are awarded to individuals for projects “to undertake high-quality research (and to disseminate the useful results of such research to the public) in order to develop theological reflection on the nature of Christian hope, the discharge of Christian responsibility, and the communication of the gospel in the contemporary context of the U. K., and to engage with the life and churches of the North East of England”.
- This remit will be generously interpreted by the Fellowships Management Committee that is responsible for recommending appointments to the Trust, and supports and monitors the Fellows. It is seeking adventurous and novel ideas.
- It is intended that Fellowships will be attractive both to scholars at a relatively early stage in their career, and to established scholars or clergy on sabbatical leave, or to lay people with appropriate interests and experience. Consideration may also be given to a research proposal that contributes to a larger project and satisfies the Leech objectives.
- Fellows are expected to have clear aims for the completed research and its out-put, and explicit goals for their end of tenure; and to submit reports to the Management Committee.
- Fellows are appointed with the agreement of their proposed host. Where prospective applicants do not already have an appropriate link the Management Committee may be able to facilitate one.
- One-year Leech Fellowships are normally full-time, with remuneration equivalent to that of a university research postdoctoral position, plus an agreed contribution towards study/ travel/ engagement expenses. Applicants should have suitable qualifications.
Durham University has a distinguished Theology Department, and Newcastle University has a new major Social Renewal Societal Challenge including the theme “People, Place and Community”. There are other possible bases in both universities, and in St Chad’s and St John’s Colleges, Durham.
- Shorter-term Leech Fellowships are designed to help cover accommodation, academic support and facilities, and study/travel/ engagement/dissemination expenses. The total value of an award will usually be less than £10,000. Support may be given either to those wishing to study and engage in the North East, or to those already resident in the North East who wish to undertake relevant research elsewhere that will be disseminated on their return. Applicants intending to study outside the North East will need to satisfy the Committee about suitable hosts and facilities.
- In exceptional circumstance other financial arrangements will be considered; or a Fellowship may be renewed up to a maximum of two years.
- Fellows are required to meet regularly with representatives of the Management Committee to discuss the progress and dissemination of their work.
- Formal agreement is needed from the Committee to undertake any other paid employment or duties while holding a full-time Fellowship.
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