How can we help you get a Fellowship?

We will help you prepare as well as possible for the application by guiding you through the stages using expertise gained from writing our own applications and/or serving on evaluation panels.

Note that planning a fellowship application well in advance of the deadline is crucial. Don't just wait for a call to be announced. Instead, you should be thinking about it 12 - 18 months before the submission deadline.


18 – 12 months to go

Your job

  • Identify your 'big question'
  • Identify your target fellowship schemes
  • Plan how to optimize your CV
  • Formulate hypothesis and specific aims of application
  • Work out what preliminary data are needed (if any)
  • Scrutinise potential supervisors/sponsors:
  • Are they suited to your project?
  • Funded by competitive awards with well staffed groups ?
  • Recent, internationally-leading publications?
  • Strong track record with externally-funded fellows?
  • Important: Fellowship panels look seriously at the supervisory / sponsorship teams. Getting the right team behind you is half the battle.
  • Try to get key national and international collaborators who will raise your application to internationally leading. This also provides a wonderful training opportunity.
  • Start to discuss your data, plans and ideas at national /international conferences; try to engage the leading figures with your ideas (they may end up reviewing your application)

Our job

  • Advise on which schemes are most appropriate
  • Put you in touch with:
  • previously successful applicants and their applications
  • senior staff with experience of relevant panel(s)
  • Arrange a visit to Liverpool.
  • Advise on the suitability of your proposed research question and aims.
  • If necessary, direct you to the key people who will make your application more competitive.


12 - 6 months to go

Your job...

  • Review progress:
  • Have manuscripts been submitted to get your CV up to date?
  • Are preliminary data on track?
  • Is your big question still unanswered?
  • Establish supervisory / sponsorship team
  • Agree plan with national / international collaborators
  • Prepare one page on hypothesis, research question, specific aims and experimental plan
  • Draft the sections on your CV, background and career aspirations
  • Plan your training requirements
  • Important: Identifying your needs and being specific adds credibility to your application (courses, dates, venues & research visits). This is a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity for bespoke training with you as a unique resource - think beyond the same (local) courses open to all-comers

Our job...

  • Review progress with you and offer advice on refinement
  • Arrange expert peer review of your outline research plan


6 - 3 months to go

Your job...

  • Review the latest funding call information
  • Submit full draft of research plan for peer-review (rule of thumb: approximately one-third background; two-thirds on what you will do)
  • Contact the research support office (RSO) for a research costing.
  • Complete finance sections and have them approved by your RSO

Our job...

  • Review progress with you and offer advice on refinement
  • Arrange peer review of your draft research plan


3 months to go

Your job...

  • Submit near final version of entire application for internal peer review

Our job...

  • Review progress with you and offer advice on refinement
  • Arrange peer review of your near-final application


Post submission

Your job...

  • Continue work on publications
  • Advance your preliminary data to demonstrate momentum
  • Prepare an update for the panel if significant advances are made (e.g. if the manuscript is now in press or if a grant or prize has been awarded)
  • Respond to referees comments (if given an opportunity to do so)
  • Start to prepare interview 'pitch' and accompanying slides
  • Work out likely questions, potential weaknesses and spot new publications from others

Our job...

  • Advise on responding to referees comments
  • Advise on process for shortlisting and interview


Shortlisting & interview

Your job...

  • Immediately inform the School and your mentor.
  • Prepare slides (if requested)
  • Practice your opening pitch
  • Ensure background knowledge on every word in your research plan
  • Practice repeatedly with your supervisory / sponsorship team

Our job...

Interview advice and arranging practice interviews

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