Fellowships Dr Mark Barnett, Research Support Services, University of Warwick
Content • 30 minutes – 20 minute talk, 10 minute questions • Career Paths – Academia, Industry • Route to Academic Career • Typical Fellowships • Application Process • University of Warwick Research Support Services • ResearchResearch.com • Other options • Do-s • Do Not-s • Concluding Remarks
Typical Career Paths • School – GCSE’s, A-Levels (General subject, knowledge specialism low) • University – Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral (increasingly specialised subject and knowledge) • Then what? – (Teaching – can be University-course relevant) – Industry – can be University-course relevant – and will typically broaden your skills – University – will be very course relevant and knowledge specific… • Salary and Benefits – Industry and Academia now (post-2006 Framework) very similar in this respect. • Specialist or Generalist - Many more Generalist positions than Specialist positions – hence, to be a specialist one must be really good!
Route to Academic Career • Several Typical Routes: • Industry (initially) – Academia (20 years Industry – Academic Chair) – (most people that leave never come back…!) • PhD – PostDoctoral Position – PostDoctoralPostion – Postdoctoral Postion etc – Lectureship (3-4 PostDoctoral positions, 8 years to full Academic position) • PhD – PostDoctoral Position – Fellowship – Lectureship (2 years of Postdoctoral, 3 years of Fellowship, 5 years to full Academic position) • Typically 1 in 100 PhDs will become an academic….99 will leave for ‘other employment’…
Typical Fellowships • Between 2-5 years • Will likely fund your Salary costs – if not, Warwick likely not to look favourably… • May fund some consumables and some travel, perhaps even some staff (PDRAs and PhDs) • Several examples, Arts, Social Studies, Sciences – • Will need to demonstrate Exceptional Capabilities, at a Nationally- (and sometimes Internationally) leading level (1 in 100 success rate…) • Typical Fellowship Application Months – September/October; February/March • Some schemes require ‘Outline Application’ – “Wood-Chaff” process – can be more useful. • Other schemes require full application – despite no “Wood-Chaff” sifting, application process can also be useful.
Application Process • Processes all quite similar… • Proposals all quite similar… • Processes – (Outline Proposal), Full Proposal, Referee Comments, Interview, Success (…failure…) • Proposals – Individual Track Record, Institution Track Record, Identify the Problem, Identify why you are well placed to fix it (TR), Identify how you will fix it and in what time frame, identify how your work will be helpful to advance knowledge…
Do’s • Talk to your RSS Research Development Representative straight away - (Physical Sciences and Engineering, Dr Chris Veal; Life Sciences, Ms Elizabeth Cromwell; Arts, Dr Liese Perrin; Social Studies, Ms Nikki Muckle) • Gauge their opinion of likely success and whether to apply – RSS won’t/can’t say ‘NO’ – but can say ‘INADVISABLE’ – it can be a lot of effort for no outcome (remember when you ‘applied for jobs’? – lots of efforts – no outcome?) • Talk to your HoD – also gauge their opinion. Ensure they are supportive of your application • Read very closely the scheme guidelines – build your own view, as well as that from your RSS representative and HoD as to whether the scheme is suitable for you. • Check http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/rss/
Don’t • Apply for a scheme without contacting both HoD and your RSS representative. • Apply for a scheme, and by doing so ‘invent’ the finance numbers – RSS mandate. • Apply for a scheme without having your application checked and re-checked – by yourself, RSS, your HoD, and any other colleagues you think can help. • RSS see hundreds of applications every year – many bad, few good – we know what the successful ones should be hinting at – we certainly know what the bad ones absolutely look like. • RSS are experts at grant proposals, and many staff have PhDs in the subjects which they support – hence we can help you form the text of a good proposal.
Other Options • Not applicable to all disciplines or subjects…. • ….and, not always necessarily under the banner of ‘Fellowship’…but… • If an award can be won, which covers all ‘significant costs’ to keep you employed at Warwick…. • ….The University will look seriously at continuing to provide employment • Where to find funding-opportunities :-
Research-Research.com • The University subscribes to this Website – • Described as the ‘Newspaper for the Research World’ – contains literally thousands of funding opportunities • Search engine can be a little ‘challenging’ – Monday 27th April – rollout of new interface.
Concluding Remarks • Think Hard about what you ‘Want to do when you grow up?’ • If Academic Fellowship is the decision – check : • Do you have a chance? (still worth a try – weigh up the risk and time investment…) • Scheme Details – (reasonable? achievable?) • Deadlines – don’t underestimate time required to write a proposal… • Financials • RSS – Use us – we are here to help!