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Thread: Postdoc application misery...

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08-Nov-18, 11:06
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Thank you for your kind words :) I already feel better with all of this encouragement. I will keep searching and hoping...

And if there are any other prospective post-docs out there, good luck with your search!

Thread: Postdoc application misery...

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07-Nov-18, 12:22
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Thanks, Tudor_Queen. It's a great suggestion but I'm actually working as a part-time research assistant now. It's pretty meagre pay as it's only one day a week and I find the topic very boring but at least it's something relevant on my CV so it could be a lot worse.

My colleague who finished the PhD at the same time as me was basically given a post-doc at our institution (there was no advert for the post) because his research interests align closely with the dept head. I guess I'm just feeling a little bitter that I have to slog through all of these applications...

Yes, hopefully something will come through and I can pursue my own research topic!

Thread: Postdoc application misery...

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07-Nov-18, 09:23
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Thanks for the encouragement :) Fingers crossed...

Thread: Postdoc application misery...

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05-Nov-18, 14:19
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...loves company!

Any other struggling postdoc applicants out there? Just had the first round of rejections and feeling a bit stung. I know we need to have thick skins in academia but mine's still growing I think. I'm just trying my best not to fall into a "I'll never get a job" anxiety spiral.

Anyway, I'm starting this thread in the hopes that we can provide support to each other in the difficult times ahead.

Thread: What to put in a funding cover letter?

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13-Aug-18, 12:06
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Hi all,

I've written loads of cover letters for jobs but never one for funding. I'd really appreciate some feedback on what are the best things to put in it. The application is for research support funding and requires:

1) Cover letter
2) CV
3) 2000-word research proposal
4) written work

There are no details about what exactly should go in the cover letter or research proposal.

So far, I have three paragraphs in the cover letter:

1) brief info about me/my current position, brief outline of the project and why the funding is necessary ('I'm poor!')
2) how the research aligns closely with the funder's interests
3) highlighting why the project is a original/significant contribution to scholarship and some prizes awarded for previous stages of the project

Does that sound about right? Is there something important i'm forgetting? Thanks for your help! Couldn't find anything on Google!

Thread: British Academy / Leverhulme postdocs - sending more than one internal application?

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04-Aug-18, 09:13
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Hi, thanks for responding! Yes, you understand my question. Thanks a lot for your input!

Thread: British Academy / Leverhulme postdocs - sending more than one internal application?

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02-Aug-18, 13:15
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Bump! Sorry - hopefully someone has some advice?

Thread: British Academy / Leverhulme postdocs - sending more than one internal application?

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01-Aug-18, 16:11
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Hi everyone,

I'm looking into applying for these postdoc schemes this and possibly next year (I'm a little late for the BA now I think).

I think in all(?) cases, the university at which you want to do your project has to nominate you as one of their candidates.

I managed to get nominated by a uni for the BA last year and ultimately wasn't successful in the main competition but was invited to apply again. I would still need to get through the internal competition though. For the Leverhulme, I didn't get past the internal stage. My research record is stronger now so I'm hoping for a better outcome!

My question is this: I want to maximise my chances of getting through the internal stage which is already very competitive. Would it be wise or possibly unethical to submit internal applications to a number of universities? Not dozens, maybe 2-3. I'm really don't know if this is common practice or whether it's very much frowned-upon.

I'm aware that I'd need to contact a mentor in each institution, so in the event that I managed to succeed in more than one internal application (hah), I'd have to contact those mentors and say I was going somewhere else (which could be awkward I guess).

Anyway, sorry if this is a stupid question - I'm a bit new to the world of postdocs, so any advice would be really helpful! Thanks for reading.

Thread: Networking? Tips for meeting a more senior person in the field...

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18-Jul-17, 19:33
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Hi Tudor_Queen,

Your initial ideas are all good and I think they'd get conversation going unless this senior person is super awkward and shy which hopefully won't be the case! If the conference is in an interesting location, you could also ask whether they're visited the place before and/or whether they'll have any time for sightseeing? I've had success with that in the past, as sometimes people do like to take a break from academic matters.

You could also ask about more 'technical' things like experience with fieldwork or whether they've been to a certain library/archives (sorry, I don't know what field you're in...but I'm guessing history from your username?). I have to access lots of collections for my field (art history) and people love trading 'war stories' about dealing with difficult staff! Asking for their opinion about specific conference presentations or papers you've found interesting might work too? This can stress me out a bit but if you're more confident than me, it could be a fruitful line of enquiry. Or maybe if you're thinking of submitting an article, they might be able to tell you about their experience with certain journals? Sorry, I'm rambling a bit but just trying to think of some options! Hope I helped!

Thread: Familiarising myself with examiners' work...?

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12-Jul-17, 10:09
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Hi chickpea,

Thanks a lot for this. I'll try to focus on where our work overlaps or where they have a strong POV rather than trying to skim read everything they've ever written...

It feels like I've forgotten everything in the three months since handing in my thesis but hopefully it'll all come back to me with the adrenaline rush!

Thread: Familiarising myself with examiners' work...?

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11-Jul-17, 12:48
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Hi everyone,

I'm preparing for my viva which is next Monday. I've read advice recommending that you should be familiar with your examiners' work, which makes sense.

However, I don't know exactly what that means in practical terms. I've referenced my examiners (both external by the way) several times in my thesis but I wouldn't say I know their work inside out. They're both pretty senior as well so I don't think I'll have time to read loads of article by both of them!

I'm also not sure how to translate what they've written about into potential questions they might ask. Maybe I'm over-thinking this? I just want to be prepared and not make a fool of myself.

I'm also 8 months pregnant so I feel like my brain is slowly turning to mush D:

Thanks for your help!

Thread: Asking examiners questions at the end of the viva

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06-Jul-17, 09:11
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Thanks everyone for your replies.

Yeah I thought it was a bit weird that I hadn't come across anything about asking the examiners questions...clearly I need to do a bit more reading!

Either way, it's good to know that I could have the opportunity to ask a couple of questions after the main discussion is over.

Thread: Asking examiners questions at the end of the viva

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05-Jul-17, 16:14
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After the main discussion is finished, I was wondering whether it was normal for the examiners to ask the candidate whether they had any questions. Or, if they don't ask, whether the candidate could ask if it's okay to ask a few questions (assuming it hasn't gone terribly and I just want to run away and cry). I couldn't find any information on the internet/in books about this and wonder whether it's purely up to the examiners.

For example, since I'm being examined by two senior, respected scholars, I'd like to know their opinion on turning my thesis into a monograph and what advice they might have. I thought it would also be a good opportunity for some general careers advice from someone other than my supervisor. However, I don't know if it's inappropriate during the viva or whether they might think it's a bit weird.

Thanks for your help!

Thread: Mentioning difficult family members in thesis acknowledgements

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16-Mar-17, 10:16
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Great, thanks a lot Hugh!

Thread: Mentioning difficult family members in thesis acknowledgements

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15-Mar-17, 14:29
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Hi TreeofLife,

Thanks for this. I've started drafting in the meantime and have come up with this (not dissimilar to what you wrote):

"Thank you to my family for their love and support, particularly my brother (xxx), for (silly joke that I won't put online)."

I've thanked my mum on a separate dedication page.
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