I am a finishing doctoral student (graduation in ~7-9 months) and I would love to get an year or so of postdoctoral experience. I've come to understand that a postdoc is generally paid by funds created for the project (s)he is a postdoc for.
How should I go about "growing my own" postdoc opportunity? In other words, how should I go about soliciting for funds for research ideas? I know it is a rather daunting task. Although I have participated in writing several proposals (some of which were accepted), I have never been the PI or co-PI for any of those projects -- generally just one of the grad students working on it.
I am at a US university and have already taken at look at NSF's website.. Being an international student, I don't have all the options available to domestic candidates.
This is what I've thought of so far:
- Come up with feasible research idea and approach advisor.
- Discuss idea and possible collaborations.
- Try to categorize it into NSF's or any other funding agencies categories.
- Write a proposal in the summer and submit it during the next window of opportunity.
Any pointers, tips or funding agencies I might also look at?
Some background: I am a PhD candidate in Mechanical engineering with emphasis on fluid dynamics, applied mathematics, energy systems and space systems.