Mastering the art of writing a competitive research funding application is essential to a successful research career. The search for postdoctoral research support includes considerations such as support for family members, identifying the best host laboratory, narrowing down the options and identifying the best suited fellowship program, etc. The HFSP Fellowship Primer provides a thorough overview of the challenges and considerations facing postdoctoral fellows, as well as guidance to help smooth the transition from PhD student to postdoc.
- Planning to do a postdoc in the United States? An article written by an HFSP Fellow on the unionization of postdocs at The University of California highlights some of the challenges postdocs can face in the US. Point of view: How postdocs benefit from building a union
- To download the career planning presentation by Guntram Bauer at the 2012 HFSP Awardees meeting in Daegu click the following link: Planning your career
Other sources of information of funding and proposal writing:
- If you don’t know where to find web-based information on funding this general overview of funding organizations & foundations may be of help.
- For the more adventurous grant seekers, this article from the NYAS/sites/www.hfsp.org/files/webfm/PRIMER.pdf Science Alliance gives a short introduction about philanthropic giving: Seeking funds from industry and philanthropic organizations.
- The Right Stuff: Purdue University has established a project known as the OWL (Online Writing Lab). Their website hosts an abundance of writing tips and information for the inexperienced science and grant writer.
- To find out what makes a good fellowship application read the interview with Carmen Gervais on the HFSP Fellowship program (first published on the Research Professional's Funding Insight website).
- A second interview from Carmen Gervais on the HFSP Research Grant program may also be of interest (first published on the Research Professional's Funding Insight website).