Attracting your own research funding: writing and applying for fellowships

Online course

Audience: Academic staff, External, PG research, Professional staff, Research staff, Research supervisors

Date: Wednesday 21 June 2023

Times: 09.30 to 12.30

Programme: Passport to Research Futures
Programme: TRAMS Participant Development
Programme: GRADskills

Key details: Zoom meeting. You will be emailed a link in advance for you to join on the day.

Target audience

All staff / Passport to Research Futures Programme participants / Teaching, Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme participants / Research Staff - leavers / Final year PGRs

Course mapped to

RDF Domain B (Personal effectiveness), C (Research gov & organisation): B3, C3

Course information

A career in research is exciting, varied and gives you the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of discovery in your chosen field, but it is a highly competitive environment and researchers from all over the world aspire to reach the top of the profession.

If you are aiming for a career in research it is crucial to publish regularly, be independent and attract your own funding. You can start to do this early in your research career: if you are awarded a postdoctoral fellowship, not only will you stand out from the crowd, but you will demonstrate that you can propose innovative projects that attract research funding - this is a key requirement for a successful academic career.

How do you go about the process of applying for your own postdoctoral research fellowship?

There is more to it than filling in an application form: you will have to propose and design an innovative project, identify a senior researcher to advise you and approach them about being involved in your project, convince the application reviewers that you are the right person, name referees and more. In order to be successful requires planning and preparation and you will need to use your network and be proactive.    

This workshop and will include case studies, individual exercises and the instructor’s own experience of successfully obtaining a postdoctoral research fellowship.

Programmes / Support streams 

Passport to Research Futures - optional ILM subunit

Also open to external Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme participants


Aims and objectives

At the end of this workshop researchers will have:

  • an understanding of what steps are involved, time frames, what a fellowship involves, international options, how to apply, the different types of fellowships available
  • planned out a project and application strategy using the unique ElectvTM funding planning tool.


Dr Joanna Young

Course provider