January spanned 5 weeks and it feels like it’s been a long long time since it was Christmas! I tried not to do so much outside of work as one of my new year goals was to save up but now having written it all up, I think I managed a fair bit!
Recently a colleague asked me what to write in a personal statement for a travel grant application to attend a conference. As a junior scientist (PhD student or young postdoc) it’s good to go to conferences (more about conferences another time) and it looks great when you can raise some funds to go there by way of travel grants or presenter bursaries. Most societies or universities or funding bodies have calls for applications all year ’round. If you have a great abstract and your supervisor’s support, the only other thing you might need is a convincing personal statement!