Yesterday evening, I uploaded my application to a postdoc at one of the Oxford colleges. It took me hours to prepare a research proposal just for them, since I would generally prefer to keep my research options open to ethnography as well as archival work, and this postdoc would require me to park myself in Oxford for years. Then I emailed my referees with my statement of proposed research, and explained to them the particulars of this fellowship.
Oxford emailed me a rejection letter before I even woke up this morning. I'm sure that's a personal best (?) in my career thus far. At least it came from a school that I associate with snootiness and haughty self-regard. It would suck if the insta-rejection came from almost anywhere else.
I guess I may as well get started on another application now. Sigh.
1 year ago