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Career planning and big-picture thinking are essential for success in the BBSRC’s Discovery Fellowship

Top tips:

  • Don’t worry about your publication record not being world class; success in this scheme is more about showing potential for leadership in other ways
  • Applications should display confidence and demonstrate big-picture scientific thinking
  • Negotiations with the host university should not just focus on money—ask what support and mentoring will be available to you and detail that thoroughly in your bid
  • Use the text boxes on the application to supplement information in the supporting documents, not just repeat it
  • Tailor your career plan to your situation and the work you are proposing

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s Discovery Fellowship scheme offers around £300,000 for early career researchers looking to embark on a three-year project. The fellowship is currently open for applications. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 round has had its deadline extended from 12 May to 11 June.

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