Jun. 18th, 2009 10:56 am
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Because I've whined and whined about funding apps, I figured I HAD to say it here, and never mind the fact that I haven't updated in forever: I GOT A FELLOWSHIP!

Date: 2009-06-18 03:15 pm (UTC)

squee yay rah rah rah

Date: 2009-06-18 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alysonl.livejournal.com
So happy for you!

(What's a fellowship?)

Ah looked it up

Date: 2009-06-18 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alysonl.livejournal.com
Found a page of NSF chemistry post-doc fellowship awards (as an example of what a fellowship is), the purpose of which "will support Fellows for two years of postgraduate study." Awesome! Paid chemistry. That was always the goal, right?

{{{big hugs}}}

Re: Ah looked it up

Date: 2009-06-18 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] happychemist.livejournal.com
Indeed, that is the goal! :D

Re: squee yay rah rah rah

Date: 2009-06-18 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] happychemist.livejournal.com
I realized that I might have been vague.

For research positions in academia (predoctoral, postdoctoral), you can be funded by your advisor, or you can secure your own funding. Some postdoctoral positions (but not mine) are contingent on bringing your own funding.

Securing your own funding means submitting applications to review boards who scrutinize over a few things: 1) Who you are, where you've been, and what you've done; 2) what you're proposing to do in this new location, and who you're hoping to work with; 3) the likelihood of success in this situation. There are definitely other factors, but it all adds up to the question of whether or not it's a good use of their funds.

Securing your own funding is important because you now have financial independence from your advisor: in some situations, it gives the scientist more flexibility and freedom in his/her choice of project, etc. Furthermore, of course it's prestigious, and it looks very nice to have on your resume.

Date: 2009-06-18 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mariavii.livejournal.com
Congrats! I feel a celebratory drink in Boston is in order!

Date: 2009-06-18 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] happychemist.livejournal.com
YES, that's what I was thinking! Maybe early next week?

Date: 2009-06-18 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] semioticwarrior.livejournal.com
Hooray! Congratulations!

Date: 2009-06-18 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennlynnfs.livejournal.com

I was thinking about you the other day and wondering how you were doing. (I should've called.) I'm so thrilled for you.

Date: 2009-06-18 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adventurat.livejournal.com
Yay! Congrats!

Date: 2009-06-18 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] worldmaker-13.livejournal.com

Congratulations :-D

Date: 2009-06-18 11:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-mongrel.livejournal.com
omg dude! Big congrats!!!! *SQUEE*

Date: 2009-06-19 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jimmyhk.livejournal.com
Congrads! Does this mean you could travel to conferences and have the school pick up the tab? 'Cause that would be just awesome!

Date: 2009-06-19 08:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bijoux.livejournal.com
This is most excellent news.


(I mean, you'll still have to work hard for it, but at least you don't have to worry as much about it as you did before ;D)


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