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Thinking about a fellowship? @isense_irc Postdoc from @imperialcollege, Dr Chris Wood, shares his top five tips to help you prepare.
Read the full interview on our blog, i-sense corner.
1. Get as many people as possible from as wide a range of disciplines as possible to read and critique your fellowship application.
2. Don’t choose the lab you want to work in solely on the scientific credentials of the PI. The atmosphere and the personalities of the people in the lab are as or in some cases even more important to how your fellowship or postdoc will turn out.
3. Try and plan your research so that there are some early publishable results even if the impact is not that high.
4. As you progress through the stages of an academic career soft skills like mentoring and project management become more and more important.
5. Following on from this, if there are key skills that you feel you are lacking, be they soft skills, lab skills or data processing skills you have yet to master, find a course and ask your supervisor if you can go on it.