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My winning proposal: Team effort needed for independence

Image: Tom Keene

How a successful NERC fellowship bid was honed during three iterations and plentiful interview practice

Top tips

  • A successful Independent Research Fellowship bid will require plenty of support and help.
  • Although the funding and duration are substantial, it’s still possible for bids to be too ambitious.
  • Think about how principles of open science and equality, diversity and inclusion can enhance your bid.
  • Repeated practice is by far the best way to improve your performance at interview.

The Natural Environment Research Council’s Independent Research Fellowships are its primary grant mechanism to propel early career researchers into mid-career independence.

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