Everyone considering applying for an SDF should watch the information video to satisfy themselves of their eligibility for a Skills Development Fellowship and that Exeter offers the right environment for their fellowship before submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).  All EOIs should be received by 8th February 2019. The timeline for the full process is detailed at the bottom of this page.

Submitting your Expression of Interest

Within your EOI, you will be asked to recommend sponsors to support your SDF, and to explain in brief your project summary and skills development plan.  Your plans do not have to be finalised at this point, but should clearly demonstrate how you wish to use the SDF funding to prepare yourself for research independence.  The EOI should be returned to Chrissie Walker as soon as it is complete along with a current CV.

Download the Expression of Interest form.

Application Submission

For full applications, applicants will then be required to upload the following supporting documents as a single pdf:

  • A cover letter
  • A full CV
  • A 5-page research proposal and skills development plan that describes your research project, your perceived training needs, career intentions and who your project sponsors will be.  You may find our Example Skills Development Training Plan helpful when completing the full application.

More information about writing the full research proposal and skills development plan can be found on our Fellowship Guidance page.

Application Process

Your full application will be reviewed by the Host Leadership Team, who will also obtain confirmation from your project sponsors that they are happy to support the project. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to visit Exeter to meet colleagues and undertake a formal interview. The interview will consist of a 5 minute 3-slide presentation followed by approximately 20 minutes of questions from the panel.

The successful candidate will meet with their sponsors on a mutually agreeable date after the interviews to finalise their research/training plan and costings. A start date for the fellowship will also be agreed.