How to handle multiple postdoc fellowship applications
- Always keep the fellowship reviewers’ ‘three Ps’—person, project and place—in mind as you draft your bid.
- Time your application wisely if you are about to publish a paper and consider posting on a preprint server if you cannot wait to bid.
- Ask your proposed hosts for assistance with your bid; remember that they want you to succeed as you will bring in funding.
- Combine a pre-fellowship site visit with an ‘invited talk’ at the institute to boost your CV.
Many final year PhD students opt to maximise their chances of finding a postdoc placement or fellowship by applying to several simultaneously and Daniel Hurdiss, a researcher at Utrecht University, was no different.