I'm applying for a new fellowship, and I'm wondering what senior lecturers and/or professors of a research group/department look into, for evaluating the fellowship candidates, before accepting them to join their research group/department?

  • Sadly, one of the more common reasons I have seen lately is that a lab wants to jump on the bandwagon of a current research trend (i.e., "Big Data" currently in CS) when the current members of the lab are actually not at all interested or knowledgeable about this new trend.
    – xLeitix
    Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 11:59
  • @xLeitix Yes, this is unfortunate at many levels.
    – o-0
    Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 12:07
  • @xLeitix I think it is legitimate for a professor to take someone that has expertise in a research direction they want to expand in.
    – Bitwise
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 14:09

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I would say several points related to the candidates such as

  • How much in average do candidates publish per year?
  • Where do they publish?
  • What conferences they presented their papers in?
  • What are the impact factors for journals they publish in?
  • What new research questions or directions do they have?
  • How much citations did they received?
  • With whom in the group they can collaborate?
  • What funds do they have or can bring?
  • What experience in writing proposals do they have?
  • What are some similar proposals that received funds?
  • Where their research is going in the next 5-10 years?
  • What industry or academic experience do they have?
  • What skills do they have?
  • Can they enhance research group diversity?
  • Can they teach, present and discuss well?
  • I think this answers a completely different question (how do you evaluate a research group).
    – xLeitix
    Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 16:41
  • By they I meant candidates and not the group. So what advantages can the candidates bring to a research group, will be answer to at least some of these questions.
    – Thomas Lee
    Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 16:45
  • Good list. I think you could add: 'Does the candidate know a technique that could be useful to answer the issues encountered in the lab' (examples: a type of computational model or a specific microscopy technique, etc.)
    – Cape Code
    Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 19:04

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