The timeline at the bottom of this page outlines the key dates during the application process.
Before Preparing your Application
You should watch the information video to satisfy yourself of your eligibility for a Skills Development Fellowship and that Exeter offers the right environment for you. Following this you are encouraged to contact a member of our Host Leadership Team and potential sponsors.
Skills Development Fellowship applications are to be submitted through the University of Exeter’s online application system.
In addition to completing the online application form, all applicants are required to upload the following supporting documents as a single pdf:
- A cover letter
- A full CV
- A 4-page research proposal and skills development plan that describes your research ideas, your perceived training needs and who you consider to be potential sponsors. Please complete the Research Proposal and Skills Development Plan Template for this part of your application. You may find our Example Skills Development Training Plan helpful when completing the skills development section.
More information about writing your research proposal and skills development plan can be found on our Fellowship Guidance page.
Your application will be reviewed by the Host Leadership Team. Shortlisted candidates will be paired with at least two sponsors, one from a quantitative discipline, and one with biomedical or clinical expertise (when you submit your application you will have the opportunity to identify potential sponsors). Shortlisted candidates will then discuss their research proposal with their sponsors (in person or via Skype) prior to attending an interview. The interview will consist of a 5 minute 3-slide presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions from the panel.
Successful candidates will meet with their sponsors on a mutually agreeable date after the interviews to finalise their research/training plans and costings. A start date for the fellowship will also be agreed.