Fellowship application process
Step 1 - Initial contact
We accept enquiries about fellowship proposals from internal and external candidates all year round. In the first instance you should send a short academic CV and an expression of interest to Dr Stew Plaistow, Prof Caroline Dart or Prof Jay Hinton (Institute Fellowship mentors). Stew, Caroline and Jay will be able to informally advise on career stage, fellowship scheme suitability, your fit within the IIB as well as internal deadlines. External candidates may also be invited to come and visit the IIB and give a research seminar at this stage.
Step 2 - Senior Management Team evaluation
Candidates that are suitable for a particular scheme will then submit a one page document outlining their research idea and its fit within the research expertise and facilities within IIB. The need for any co-funding of equipment in the proposal must also be mentioned at this point. The strengths and weaknesses of the candidate and the proposal idea and its 'fit' with IIB's main research foci will then be discussed by the IIB's Senior Management Team, who will decide whether to support an application further or not. All candidates will receive written feedback about the decision from the IIB's Dean.
Step 3 - Mentoring
All candidates selected to proceed with an application will be assigned a dedicated mentor with appropriate research expertise. The mentor will help the candidate develop their proposal and negotiate the administrative side of submitting a proposal. The mentor will act as the first point of contact and also coordinate the peer review of drafts of the proposal. If selected for an interview, the allocated mentor will liaise with the fellowship advisors to arrange a mock interview to take place and to prepare the candidate for interview.
Step 4 - Conclusion
If the fellowship application is successful, the assigned fellowship mentor will continue to advise the candidate with respect to moving to Liverpool, setting up their lab and establishing themselves as an independent researcher. Assigned mentors, along with the broader fellowship mentoring team, will also continue to support and advise unsuccessful candidates with respect to alternative options and next steps.