In my last post I touched upon the fact that the future becomes uncertain towards the end of the PhD. I’m applying for a Marie Curie Global Fellowship, which is an incredibly intense process and insanely difficult to make sure you hit all the key points that the examiners are looking for when marking your proposal in the tiny 10 page limit. I’ve luckily received a lot of assistance from Tory over in the EU office who has provided me with funding for undertaking training in writing the perfect application (that’s right, it’s so competitive that there are training companies who make their living from teaching people how to try and write the perfect Marie Curie application!!) So I’m going through these processes, writing drafts and getting feedback from friends, peers and academics. It’s slow, it’s long and it’s hard. But hopefully it will all pay off and I’ll be rewarded with 2 years in Perth, Australia, working with James Speers and his team developing my technology, ready to build it during a third year back at Leicester. Please everyone cross your fingers and toes for me!