Fellowships database, job listings, a two-second rant, and St. Martin of Tours

Posted: October 11, 2011 in Uncategorized
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No time to comment on the dearth of blog posts lately–that will come later (and soon-ish, I hope).  I just discovered a nifty fellowships database, which seems at first glance to perform on par with some of the other ones recommended by the university’s fellowships programs.

The Scholarships Database seems to pull a considerable number of scholarships and fellowships from around the globe. And its search settings seem to allow you to limit your search to useful results–much more so than the SMARTS summaries I’ve been getting.    On the other hand, probably THE most useful database to date has been UCLA’s GRAPES site.

Also note that the School of Advanced Studies, University of London, has announced their various fellowships for the coming year or two; the Leverhulme Fellowships  and the Visiting Fellowship look to be well worth the trouble, if you are eligible.

Now, am I permitted to rant for just a couple seconds on the artificial qualifiers placed on so many job and fellowship applications?? Yes? Thanks. Well, I was going to anyway… Take a recent medieval job listing at an unspecified university, located somewhere in the Land of Lincoln (oops…)–you have to have your PhD by March 12, 2012. Pardon my French, but WTH is that???  Nice that obtaining it by June puts you beyond the pale of consideration… And post-doc fellowships are about the same; there are some really choice ones that require you to have the degree at the time of application. Granted, they’re probably swamped already, but still…

Ok, I’m done with that for now…

Last quick note–Medievalists.net recently posted a link to a thesis on the “making” of St. Martin of Tours. Since Saint Martin’s shrine was one of the most important in northern Europe, it’s worth reading through.

  1. tanya.roth says:

    I think it’s entirely that they’re swamped. One postdoc to which I applied last year had 500+ applicants for 1 or 2 positions.

  2. Yeah, I think you’re right. There’s a Wisconsin post-doc fellowship that apparently had nearly 1200 applicants last year!! And I thought faculty search committees had it bad…

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