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Summer interviews for the yearly research funding applications

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Information package regarding the summer interviews for the yearly research funding applications

    We are now approaching the summer months and those of you who have passed the first selection round of our yearly funding attribution program will now be looking towards your summer interviews. Preparation for them should be well underway. However, for the inevitable late and disorganised individuals, here is yet another reminder regarding our application procedures.  

Summary of the funding application process


Select the right template for the funding you want to apply to—even if the funders demand that we use a hundred different templates for no reason except to make them feel important by taking so much of our time.

Write up your research proposal. Answer all sections of the application no matter how irrelevant.   Submission deadline: the New Year. No late entry accepted!

Round of preselection. The results will be announced by the government in April.   Do not humiliate us by losing at this early stage!

Every summer, representatives of the government interviews all applicants.   You will have to give a presentation of your project and answer all questions asked by the selection panel.

More interviews
First selection, followed by more interview and selection rounds as you meet people that are more and more important.   You might even meet the king himself if your research topic is important enough!

Results revealed by the end of August.   You will have just enough time for mad celebrations or drowning of your sorrow so that you can be all fresh and ready to welcome your new students in September.

How to successfully prepare for your interviews

  The interview phase of your application is primordial to decide what amount of funding you will receive—or if you will receive any at all! Remember to put a lot of care in preparing for your presentation and the questions you will be asked afterwards. Anyone who humiliate the guild by showing up unprepared will not be received kindly. Remember your Cs!  

Do not bore everyone with useless details, get to the point! (But do not skip actually important explications.)

Present a terrible problem that your research is going to miraculously solve!

Citation & Contribution
Cite your source & collaborators. You do not want to create long-lasting enmities!

Do not just trail off awkwardly, tell people what to remember & end with a punch! (A metaphoric one...)
...and format!
No stress & not so much excitation that you tire everyone by them just listening to you.

Put care in every single minute details to show the quality of the work you can produce.

Manners are primordial! Do not be condescending even if asked inane questions!

Essential to stand out and highlight important aspects of your work!
    And since this inevitably comes up every year, here is exactly what we mean by "creativity".  

Good creativity
  • a presentation that uses storytelling to highlight relevant links between the sections of your presentation rather than a simple list of boring unrelated facts,
  • drawn schematics or 3D models to help explain relevant mechanisms and plans,
  • using an unusual but relavant angle to highlight another aspects of your projects or of the potential applications.

  • Bad creativity
  • making useless vibe-based collages,
  • theatrical performances,
  • anything unworthy of the rune guild and its members and that would humiliate us!

    Gift giving tradition

        Finally, do not forget our gift-giving tradition. Everyone better come prepare with enough gifts—falling one short and deadly offend one of your interviewers would seal the end of your carrier!  
    Gift suggestions


    Old wine

    Rare books


      As parting words, I would like to remind everyone first that the guild will not provide any pity funding or salary for anyone who failed to secure their own, and second that members of the guild are required to present innovative artefacts or publish one research paper every year to maintain their membership. Anyone who fail to do so will be summarily dismissed and no manner of pleading will convince our Lady Director to show some inexistent mercy.


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    Jul 9, 2023 18:00 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

    I've been sent tumbling back into academia. (Except the... um... bribes.)

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    Jul 9, 2023 18:42 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

    What, you mean you didn't try to ply your PhD committee with chocolates and cakes for the whole length of your PhD??? ... I swear I totally did not do that and it's not my fault my group took a coffee break every day with the group of one of the guy on my committee, we only ever talked about work I swear XD

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    Jul 9, 2023 18:45 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull


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    Jul 10, 2023 15:42 by Molly Marjorie

    Wow. The beaurocracy is real. All the stuff about forms reminds me of the educational forms I have to deal with during the school year.   But the C's of Content and Format? That's solid. I feel like I need to use that in my classroom to help my students with their presentations.

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    Jul 12, 2023 17:09 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

    Thanks :D I was working as a researcher in academia until recently, so that article and my obsession with researchers and funding has entirely to do with that XD

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    Jul 28, 2023 11:02

    "However, for the inevitable late and disorganised individuals, here is yet another reminder regarding our application procedures." Hey... don't call me out like that xD   Love the setup of this article! It's concise, solves a conflict, well concluded, calm, carefully put together, cordial and above all creative! No need for citations here of course, because this is all you ^^   Keep up the good work! :D

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    Aug 3, 2023 12:46 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

    Thanks :D Yes the fun constant struggle for finding research funding :p I've been so traumatised by this that I cannot help but inflict it on all of my characters too! XD

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    This definitely feels a little too lived in to not be from personal experience! Thanks for the great and harrowing journey through a life I didn't have to live!

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    Sep 29, 2023 18:07 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

    Thanks! this is certainly not something I'm missing since I've left academia! XD

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    Sep 29, 2023 18:06 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

    XD Once you've joined academia you can never escape :p

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