Postdoctoral Funding Workshop

31st May 12 noon to 3:30 pm (including lunch between 12 and 1)
Scarman House

This event has been designed to give attendees the ability to produce competitive Post-Doc funding applications by giving them the chance to listen to, and interact with, more experienced colleagues who have won Post-doc awards.

Matthew Watson is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies. After a period running the department’s PhD programme and trying to incorporate advice on professional socialisation into the day-to-day running of that programme, he became the department’s first dedicated Director of Postdoctoral Programmes.This is a post he held for three years before passing it on to a committee of colleagues to oversee its future development. The department has been extremely successful since investing its staff time heavily in nurturing its postdoctoral programme, and this year it has eighteen fully-funded postdocs working for it.

The main points that Matthew will address will be those that relate to the all-important question from the prospective applicant’s perspective of ‘what do I need to do to put myself in the best possible position to secure postdoc funding?’.

More specifically the issues that he will talk about will be those of:

  1. Mindset
  2. CV management before the application stage
  3. Departmental support
  4. Tailoring the application to the demands of the particular funder

Three winners of Post-Doc funding awards will also be sharing their experiences and insights. This event will be interactive in style and attendees will therefore get a chance to ask their more experienced colleagues the questions about the issues that are most important to them

Register for the workshop here

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