Fellowship application success depends on PPPTS:
Person (P) Project (P) Place (P) Training (P) Supervision(S)
Important things to consider:
1. Allow plenty of time: You should be planning your fellowship bid at least a year before you plan to submit it. A fellowship application is complex and takes time to get right. You need to think about the component parts and plan in a structured way to avoid gaps and problems.
2. Get your ‘pitch’ right: What is the problem or question you have identified and how are you going to address it? You need to be able to explain your proposal clearly and succinctly in no more than 2 minutes. This helps to focus on the key issues.
3. Who will your collaborators be? Having the right team around you is crucial. You need to find the right people to talk to about your ideas and find out who might be right to support and advise you as a mentor, supervisor, collaborator. You will also need specialist and public involvement depending on your research area.
4. How will you implement your findings and what impact will they have? Think carefully about how the team around you can help you to get your findings, or what you have developed, implemented. The people you have on board will be vital for this.
5. Get advice and support from the Research Design Service as early as possible. The RDS can help with advice throughout the development of your application and with practical support such as guidance on the right fellowship for you and by offering mock interviews. You can request help through our online system below.