29 January 2013 4 Comments
So, you’ve lost out on the major grant rounds for last year. It only took about eight months to find out, right?
Often, you’ve waited with all of your career possibilities riding on the outcome.
And you got nothing.
As the congratulatory emails, posts, and drinkies ramped up, it was easy to get a little bitter and twisted about the whole thing. Of course, you’re happy for your diligent and savvy colleagues who were given recognition but…what about you?
I can say that I truly understand how you feel. I threw my hat in the major grants and fellowship rings many times; very few times was I successful.
I’m writing this post for you to read after you’ve had a few weeks to get over the angst and disappointment of not scoring a grant, hopefully had a break, and been able to take a step back.
If you’re going to persist in the academic caper, it’s very useful to find a constructively destructive way to channel that post-grant-announcement frustration and anger, that feeling that you’ve been cheated. I would suggest gardening or metal-smithing; anything that allows you to wield tools or make loud noises.
There are no guarantees about winning the grants race, but you can do your best to ensure you make it through the heats.
Top 5 things to pick up the pieces, post-grant-unsuccess: