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My winning proposal: Leverhulme to the rescue

A failed wide-ranging bid to the AHRC turned out to have the perfect ingredients for a smaller International Academic Fellowship proposal to the Leverhulme Trust, Fiona Handyside tells Sophie Inge.

Fiona’s top tips

  • Don’t be afraid to recycle larger unsuccessful bids into a proposal more adapted to the Leverhulme Trust
  • Consider applying to foreign funders in your host country to build on your activities
  • Make sure you have a good spread of referees who are experts in their field and give them plenty of notice
  • Think about how the host institution can contribute to your research for a stronger case

The Leverhulme Trust’s International Academic Fellowships enable established researchers to spend a period of time in one or more research centres outside the UK.

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