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My winning proposal: Becoming a future leader

UK Research and Innovation’s Future Leaders scheme is the natural home for discipline-spanning bids from researchers with unusual career paths, which suited Fay Bound Alberti perfectly, as she tells Sophie Inge.

Fay’s top tips

  • Make sure your project is ambitious and interdisciplinary.
  • Think about how your research connects to the bigger picture in the UK and globally.
  • Use the large amount of guidance published online.
  • Think about what makes you different as a candidate, especially if you have a non-linear career history or have worked outside academia.

Announced to much fanfare in 2018, UK Research and Innovation’s Future Leaders Fellowships offer up to seven years’ funding, allocated on a ‘4+3’ basis with a review in the fourth year.

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