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Video clip: Barbara advises those applying for fellowships to read the instructions carefully, have a clear focus, and prioritise, read successful applications to the scheme and perhaps have some pilot data.

What advice would you give young scientists now if they were setting out to write a fellowship application or a grant application?

I would say that they need to do their due diligence work. You know, look, read the instructions very carefully. Read other applications. Find out what it is really that is important in what they’re doing and worth pursuing further, you know, prioritising. Because, you know, one does ten things, and whilst you’re doing them they all look equally important. But if you take a step back and you look at them, you realise that some things have more mileage than others and you should focus on those and take those forward. And it’s a good discipline you see, because otherwise one could continue to do maybe things, invest a lot of time and energy in things that are not that important. Or, or where there isn’t really a pressing knowledge gap or a very good question.

Mm.

It’s just because one has started to doing and one of course is curious. I wouldn’t say that one has to be draconian in this. But when one is down to write a grant or a fellowship it does help a lot to have a good question.

Mm.

To have a focus. To have some pilot data and to know how other successful people have written theirs.

Hm-mm. That’s…

So I, I think it does help. Yeah

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