Leverhulme Trust

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The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 under the Will of the First Viscount Leverhulme, William Hesketh Lever, with the instruction that its resources should be used to support “scholarships for the purposes of research and education.”

Since that time, the Trust has provided funding for research projects, fellowships, studentships, bursaries and prizes; it operates across all the academic disciplines, the ambition being to support talented individuals as they realise their personal vision in research and professional training.

With annual funding of some £50 million, the Trust is amongst the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK.

The Trust places special weight on:
  • the originality of the projects put to them;
  • the significance of the proposed work;
  • the ability to judge and take appropriate risk in the project;
  • the removal of barriers between traditional disciplines.


The Victorian businessman and entrepreneur, William Hesketh Lever first brought his exceptional creativity and energy to the manufacture and marketing of Sunlight Soap which only a decade after its launch was being sold in 134 countries.

Lever extended his business activities in ways that both served and profited from the rapid rise of a mass market for basic consumer products. From the earliest days, he was also a philanthropist, supporting a variety of educational, religious, civic, community and medical causes. His achievements were recognised in 1922 when the...
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