Call for Applications for the GetAMoveOn Fellowship

Call opens: 20th February 2019
Deadline for applications: 22nd March 2019

About the GetAMoveOn Fellowship

The GetAMoveOn Fellowship programme aims to provide support to the next generation of researchers whose research interests and activities align with the aims of the GetAMoveOn Network+

It is aimed at Early Career Researchers (within 10 years of PhD) and PhD students intending to pursue an academic research career.

The aims are to enable Fellows to:

• Participate in and help to develop a supportive community of scholars in a spirit of collaboration
• Broaden their network of potential collaborators across different disciplines to increase their opportunities to contribute to projects and apply for grant funding
• Improve their success in applying for grant funding
• Raise awareness of their work and enhance their academic profile
• Interact confidently with the media
• Maximise the impacts of their research

Programme content

Media training workshop

Workshop date: Thursday 16th and Friday 17th May 2019

Learn how to interact confidently with media and non-specialists to get your key messages across:

  • communicate science in writing to non-specialist audiences
  • use story telling techniques to get your messages across
  • understand which stories are picked up by the media and why
  • interact confidently with the media
  • use social and digital media to promote your research
  • record a video of you talking about your research

The workshop will be delivered by Helen Pilcher and Jonathan Sanderson.

Helen Pilcher is a professional science communicator, journalist, performer and author. A former scientist, she has worked for Nature and the Royal Society, and her writing has appeared in outlets including New Scientist, BBC Online and the Guardian. Drawing on her experiences in the worlds of stand-up comedy, storytelling and science journalism, she now specialises in teaching researchers how to deal with the media and communicate their work to wider audiences.

Jonathan Sanderson is an outreach specialist and academic. Following a physics degree, Jonathan fell into television initially by accident. He worked on documentaries, engineering challenge series, and particularly with children’s audiences, for all the major UK broadcasters and several internationals. He received an RTS award and a BAFTA nomination.

Impacts workshop: how to maximise the impacts of your research

Workshop date: Wednesday 12th June 2019

A workshop to provide you with powerful tools you can use immediately to create a step change in the impact of your research. You will learn how to:

  • Write better impact sections for your grant applications
  • Maximise the impacts of research arising from your successful grant applications
  • Write a top-scoring impacts case study
  • Identify and work with the right people in the policy community so that you can disseminate and keep control of your research messages, write effective briefings, and get your research into policy
  • Improve how you record and communicate your impacts

The workshop will be run by Prof Mark Reed from Fast Track Impact https://www.fasttrackimpact.com/ Mark is a recognized international expert in research impact with more than 150 publications to his name that have been cited over 13,000 times, and he has won awards for the impact of his own research.

Writing retreat & sandpit

Date: t.b.c.

An opportunity to spend dedicated time with other Fellows developing an idea for an multidisciplinary project and then pitch it to a panel for the chance to win project funding.

Profiling and promoting your work

• We will create a Fellows section on the GAMO website, including a profile of each Fellow and the videos created on the media training workshop. We will promote Fellows through our media channels.
• Fellows’ videos will also be showcased and promoted on the GAMO YouTube channel.
• Fellows will be able to update their own profiles and add additional videos.
• Fellows will use the techniques learned in the media training workshop to promote their own profiles, and will be encouraged, in a spirit of fellowship, to take opportunities to promote the work and profiles of other GAMO Fellows.

Who can apply

Applicants should be:

• A PhD student, Post Doc or Early Career Researcher (within 10 years of completing PhD) at a UK university or similar Higher Education Institution (HEI) that is eligible for Research Council funding; please see the EPSRC website for eligibility. If you completed your PhD more than 10 years ago but have taken a career break, you can still apply if the total number of years you have actually worked as a post-doc is less than 10 years.
• Actively researching in an area aligned to the GetAMoveOn Network+ aims
• Committed to an academic research career
• Able to attend the workshops that have already been scheduled (Media Workshop and Impacts Workshop)

We aim to create a diverse and inclusive community of Fellows.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is Friday 22nd March 2019

Email your application, as a PDF document, to gamo@ucl.ac.uk

Your application should consist of:
• a 2 page letter of application (size 12 font) and
• a 2 page CV.

The application letter should demonstrate:

  • Your commitment to an academic research career in an area aligned to the GetAMoveOn Network+ aims.
  • Your recent and current research activity in this area.
  • What you think you would get from the Fellowship: how would this benefit your research and your career?
  • What would you bring to the GetAMoveOn Fellowship community: how would you contribute to the community in a way which would benefit other Fellows and advance the broader aims of the GetAMoveOn Network+, including beyond the lifetime of our grant funding?

What we are looking for

You can download the selection criteria here

Assessment process

Applications will be reviewed by members of the GetAMoveOn Network+ investigator team.

The goal is to identify a set of researchers that will benefit significantly from being part of the community of GetAMoveOn Fellows, and will actively contribute to it and support each other.

It is our intention that as a group, the accepted applicants will reflect a diversity of backgrounds and relevant research interests.

When you will hear back from us

We aim to complete the assessment process by 29th March and get back to successful applicants in w/c 1st April 2019.

Any questions?

Please check the FAQs page and if you don't find the answer to your question, please email gamo@ucl.ac.uk