SSHRC Postdoctoral Thoughts (and advice for the interested)

Turns out if you end up on the first page of Google searches, people look to you for information.

I’ve been asked by a few of my web readers now via e-mail for information on SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships. Given that these are people that I don’t know professionally or personally but who came here via Google searches (some variation on “SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship” seems to bring me about a dozen readers a day, more during application season), I thought I might write down a few of the things that I’ve shared with them. I’ll put this on the common landing page for those visitors so they can come on over.

First, as I try to preface my thoughts: I’m not an expert on this by any means. Indeed, my only qualification was to blog about things and put my application online. I only held a postdoctoral fellowship at Western for a few months before moving to Waterloo. But, then again, nobody – apart from people involved in the adjudicating process or the handful of people who study this sort of thing – is really an expert on this.

And second, if you don’t get one, it really isn’t your fault. Take a look at the structural shifts, where we’ve gone from a third of people receiving one to around a fifth. Plus, rejection is the bread and butter of academia. We just don’t talk enough about it, but trust me, it’s going on every day (my consolation to myself is that if you’re not getting rejected enough, you’re not reaching far enough).

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