Making an effective enquiry

Whether you are enquiring about available positions (and perhaps funding) or have a funding scheme that you would like to apply for (to be held in Owen’s group), there are a few things you can do to make it more likely that you get a useful response from Owen, or any other potential supporter.

  • Include your CV with your enquiry, including names of any previous supervisors.
  • Include a short statement of research interests and motivation, highlighting any outstanding acheivements.
  • Include a statement about the research you propose and how this research fits well with the supervisor’s / group’s.
  • Be explicit about the funding source(s) you have in mind. Link to the funding scheme web pages you have identified.
  • Begin enquiries at least one month before any deadlines; more time may be needed in many cases.

Many enquiries to Owen do not adequately address the third or fourth point!

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Owen Petchey
Professor of Integrative Ecology

Interested in ecology, diversity, prediction, quantitative methods, a bit of programming, and making beer.