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We Regret To Inform You...
Episode 3414th June 2023 • Academic Aunties • Ethel Tungohan
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"We regret to inform you..." Five words that academics read a lot. But no matter how many times you see it, it still hurts. On this episode, Dr. Ethel Tungohan is joined by Academic Aunties producer, Dr. Nisha Nath to talk about grant rejections, the feelings of sadness and disappointment that accompany rejection, and why often these things have nothing to do with merit.


Tweet from Dr. Ethel Tungohan on May 8, 2023:

"A few PhDs are writing me sadly because they didn't get the SSHRC scholarship. A reminder to everyone: not getting it DOESN'T mean that you're not qualified or that your project lacks merit. The allocation of awards depends a lot on WHO is sitting on the committee."


Shout out to podcast Who do we think we are? by Dr. Michaela Benson


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