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Application and selection process

Crucible is aimed at junior academics with potential to become research leaders. It is suitable for those who have at least three years post-doctoral experience and/or their first lectureship position. It encourages applications from those who are already well published in their field and who are eager to take advantage of cross-discipline working.

The application form for the Crucible programme needs to capture core data about the applicant, their reasons for applying for the Crucible programme and their prior experience and achievements. A suggested framework that has previously (successfully) been used by NESTA is detailed in this section to provide the framework for your own application form which can take into account local requirements as well as the core requirements for the programme.

You should ask participants to fill in an application form and attach a CV and publications list. The application form should, in particular, gain the applicant's commitment to being available on specific dates for each of the Labs. It should make it clear that all parts of the programme are compulsory and therefore a prior commitment is needed. As much as possible you should stress this is not a conventional conference or training course but a participatory process where the input you give to other participants is as important as what you may gain yourself.

There are also samples of process with some key milestones including application dates, information for the panel and notifying applicants.

It is wise to leave up to six weeks to generate applications, with approximately one month between the closing and final notification dates (the application process should be completed at least two weeks before the first Lab to allow successful participants time to prepare), though if possible we would recommend leaving yourself more time. You should take promoting the programme as a core activity you will have responsibility for as it will succeed or fail based on the quality of participants. If you cannot attract the right participants then all your efforts after this are wasted so do take this part of the process very seriously.

There is also a lot of information on applicant communication and the use of waiting lists, as well as ensuring you secure the right number of applicants.

More detailed information on the process is included in the downloadable document.