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Developing Successful Fellowship Applications Dr Jane Wellens Steven Hardy
What are fellowships? Highly competitive and prestigious funding schemes to: Support outstanding researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their field Foster independent research careers and research career development Contribute towards the researchers salary/stipend and research costs
Characteristics of successful fellowship applications They: 1. Promise excellent research 2. Are of value to potential users outside or within the research community 3. Convince of the ability to deliver research 4. Demonstrate value for money So what could you include in an application to demonstrate this?
1. Promise Excellent Research Convey your genuine interest, understanding and enthusiasm for the work Have a clearly formulated problem. Demonstrate how the work sits within contemporary debates and builds on existing research. Show how you will make a contribution to research in the field (step change vs incremental) Develop appropriate and attainable aims and objectives Provide a clear and considered research design
2. Demonstrate value to potential users Align your work with the funders mission statement or strategic priorities/challenges Ensure fit with the primary aim/purpose of the scheme Identify and consult potential users of your research outside of the academic community Provide a dissemination strategy and impact statement (or equivalent)
3. Convince of your ability Demonstrate: Track record Relevant experience How the research fits with your career development plans
The Nuffield foundation expects applications to demonstrate how the researcher will: Pursue a new body of knowledge Substantially extend their own knowledge or competency Acquire new research skills/methods Develop interdisciplinary skills Attend specific courses Develop academic networks Gain other experiences and responsibilities 3. Convince of your ability
Develop Your Track Record Travel & Conference Grants Professional bodies Universities Conference bursaries Industry Exchange programmes Networks and workshop organisation
Develop Your Track Record Other Grants Facility use Equipment Gifts in kind Industry Undergraduate/postgraduate bursaries Public understanding of science awards
Other Considerations: eligibility Qualifications Nationality Residence Length of experience required for the scheme Employment status Location of supporting institution/researcher
Proposal Essentials (1) Allow sufficient time to develop the proposal and School/University approval and submission processes Study the funding source – is it appropriate? Success rates? Read the rules & guidance Read the rules & guidance again! Read the rules & guidance again!!
Identify and fully justify the costings – why, not what Prepare an outline/summary proposal and discuss the application with experienced researchers Get hold of examples of successful proposals – speak to BDEs Stick to word/character limits, font sizes, margins and other rules – especially for attachments Write for the reviewers (charities may include lay people) Avoid jargons and fully explain acronyms Proposal Essentials (2)