Writing a grant - how it works

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06-Oct-18, 10:16
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Hi postdocs

I have some questions about writing grants - more the application side of things than the actual writing. Do you need to be affiliated with a university / institution? I am just wondering how this sort of thing happens in reality. Might it be that you are working as a postdoc and at the same time putting together a fellowship application to do a postdoc at the same or another university? Do you need to have named supervisors on it etc, a bit like with a PhD application? Or can you apply for a fellowship AT a university - so you don't necessarily need to have that stuff sorted already (a bit like if you were applying for a PhD scholarship at a university with your own idea for the project but not much more than that?)

Hopefully my questions make some sort of sense.

Thanks
Tudor
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07-Oct-18, 01:54
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by pm133
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posted about 1 week ago
It's a great question TQ and I would be interested to see what others have to say about this.
I have no experience of postdoccing or applying for funding but would the specific funding application process itself not provide details on all of this? I imagine they are all different.
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07-Oct-18, 07:19
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posted about 1 week ago
Quote From Tudor_Queen:
Hi postdocs

I have some questions about writing grants - more the application side of things than the actual writing. Do you need to be affiliated with a university / institution? I am just wondering how this sort of thing happens in reality. Might it be that you are working as a postdoc and at the same time putting together a fellowship application to do a postdoc at the same or another university? Do you need to have named supervisors on it etc, a bit like with a PhD application? Or can you apply for a fellowship AT a university - so you don't necessarily need to have that stuff sorted already (a bit like if you were applying for a PhD scholarship at a university with your own idea for the project but not much more than that?)

Hopefully my questions make some sort of sense.

Thanks
Tudor


A post-doctoral fellowship is iprimarily intended to fund a researcher's development. As part of this, it will usually fund a programme of research.

A key part of the funder's review is ensuring that the host university and mentorship arrangements are sufficient to support this development.
posted
07-Oct-18, 12:31
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posted about 1 week ago
Thank you pm133 and Thesisfun.

So it sounds as though you identify a host university and person or team, and then you write the funding application. Much like applying for PhD funding.

Good point pm133, I should indeed check the individual websites and guidance. It just seems a bit mystical to me (a bit like how it was when I was trying to understand how applying for PhD funding worked), so I thought people on here might be able to shed some light on the process for me.

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