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My winning proposal: Persistence pays off

Tips from a linguist who secured Marie Curie fellowship on fourth attempt

Top tips

  • Identify your unique selling point – what makes you more attractive than your competitors?
  • You increase your chances of being funded if your host institution’s country takes part in the EU’s Seal of Excellence programme.
  • Small mistakes can make the difference between success and failure, so pay attention to details of project management.
  • If you are rejected and want to resubmit, try to only take on work which will add to your next bid.

For Tomislav Stojanov, the road to a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions fellowship was a rocky one. He won his fellowship in 2019 on the fourth attempt, only to have to postpone the start date three times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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