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My winning proposal: Stepping up in public engagement

To win a public engagement fellowship researchers should first accept their lack of engagement expertise

Top tips:

  • With public engagement proposals, accept and do not be discouraged by the fact that while you are an expert in the science, you are not an expert in public engagement.
  • Work closely with your institution’s public engagement team to help you shape your proposal; they are the experts.
  • Do not consider your bid as an attempt to promote your research but rather as a genuine collaboration where all parties learn and benefit.
  • Major bids like Leadership Fellowships should build on a portfolio of public engagement work which can often be funded by comparatively small sums from your institution.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Leadership Fellowships in Public Engagement enable researchers in an STFC-funded area of science and technology to deliver a programme of public engagement at an institution.

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