14 May 2013 8 Comments
She learned more than she would like about the challenges facing early career researchers (ECRs). While her research focused on what fish and other marine animals can see (taking her to some wonderful locations), she has been passionate about improving the situation for ECRs, and involved in postdoc policy and career development training for many years.
An apparently universal need for accessible and effective career development training motivated Kerstin to leave academia and found PostdocTraining to offer career development training tailored specifically to postdocs and their institutions.
Winning a fellowship is a bit of a holy grail for early career researchers.
When these positions mean an independent salary, often accompanied by funding for research support, it’s no surprise that they are hotly contested and bring well deserved prestige.
Fellowships show you can win funding based on your track record and excel against stiff competition. They can also end up being the key to long-term careers in academia, increasing your chances of continuing on a full-time research path.
Given their potential benefits, it’s worth looking more closely at how to go about securing a fellowship.
Each funding scheme has its own rules and traditions, so the 10 steps outlined here are general observations based on what I – and my peers – wish we’d known when we started applying. Hopefully, they’re practical ideas for your own game plan.