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My winning proposal: A first taste of grantsmanship

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Many young biologists’ first bids are to the Federation of European Biochemical Societies’ Summer Fellowships

Top tips:

  • Put your first draft away for a couple of days before looking at it again; it will be easier to pick up errors and redundant sentences if you have a break.
  • Always get your application checked by a senior lab member and others.
  • Don’t be shy about getting in touch with a lab you are interested in; they will almost certainly welcome your approach.
  • Regarding the Federation of European Biochemical Societies’ Summer Fellowships—this is one of the few schemes to which masters students can apply.

The Federation of European Biochemical Societies’ Summer Fellowships allow graduate researchers who have not yet been awarded a PhD the chance to gain experience working in another laboratory in any one of 35 countries in and around Europe. Fellowships are worth €3,500 and each year the author of one FEBS fellowship report is awarded €500. Applicants do not need to be part of a FEBS member organisation. The deadline for applications is 1 April.

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