I have started a postdoc position very recently. I have funding for now, however I wanted independence, my PI encouraged this idea and we are working on a fellowship for me. On the other hand, I have been nominated by my PhD institution for a different fellowship that is by nomination only and is by far the best option I can imagine. I would like to ask my current PI to write a letter of recommendation for this application but I am afraid to render myself as opportunistic or misleading (since we were working on a different option together right now). I would be grateful to know PIs perspective on this subject:
- Is asking for this letter appropriate or will I damage my relationship with my PI?
- Is it possible that my PI writes a bad letter for me because I'm pursuing a different option?
- What is the best way to approach my PI?