I applied for this fellowship prior to joining QUB in November 2012, and I found out in December 2012 that I had been awarded the fellowship. QUB granted me a secondment to take up the fellowship at the University of Exeter where I worked with Professor James Brownjohn and the rest of the team at the Vibration Engineering Section. The title of the fellowship was “Monitoring of Structural Performance (MOSP) and so far my work in Exeter has resulted in the preparation of seven journal papers (two published, five submitted) with another three in preparation. These are prestigious and highly competitive fellowships, e.g. last year there were 8,946 applications from across the EU, of which 13% were funded.