This is a collection of some of the resources I use for research and teaching. Some are my own, some are my takes on other people’s work, some are just links to external sources.
I hope you find them useful!
In 2012 I submitted around a dozen applications looking for a PhD post: some were for unfunded positions, some for funded posts, and some for funding to support an unfunded position. Over the years I had several people show me their old applications, so - in the vein of paying it forward - here are some of mine. I’ve cut out a lot of the personal details, and mostly left the Project Descriptions. The text was generally pretty similar, so I’ll only make some applications available here. All but two were rejected!
- Háskóli Íslands: unfunded post/accepted. I didn’t get any offical feedback, but unofficially I was told the reviewers were pleased with my concerete goals/timeplan.
- Eimskip: funding/rejected. I got a small amount of feedback that suggested I’d not been concrete enough when describing how I’d "gather my data".
- Icelandic Research Fund for Graduate Students: funding/rejected. Feedback was generally very positive, but the application was criticsed for its somewhat vague methodology.
- Aarhus University: funded post/accepted. This was the post I accepted, but I never got any feedback on my application.
As I’m still a post-doc, I’m not going to put up many of my applications for post-doc positions and funding. (As with PhD funding, I’ve applied several times for variations on the same project.) For reference, I’ve now applied more than 15 times in under two years, with two successes, and much less feedback than I received at PhD level.
- Speculum: defined role/rejected. This was a post looking for a post-doc to work on a prominent Medieval Studies journal in the US. I didn’t receive any feedback.
- The Bernadotte Programme: undefined research project/accepted. This was a small-project grant for non-Nordic researchers to visit Sweden for a short period to work on their research. I proposed a small project tying up some loose ends from my PhD research.
- Aarhus University, Assistant Professor in European Medieval History 700-1500 AD: defined role/rejected. I got positive feedback on my application and CV, but was simply too junior to make the shortlist - I’d not even been able to include a proper writing sample, as the proofs of my first full article only arrived the day after the deadline!