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Confirmed with an e-mail exchange this morning:

I went to England, and I went to Cambridge, and I met with the committee, and . . . I knocked it out of the park! I got the fellowship! I got the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Research Fellowship at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge!

This is a fellowship designed for early career scholars, to provide a place to really get good solid post-doctoral research done. It's three years, during which I'll essentially be doing the research and fieldwork for my second book. I'm also, according to my faculty mentor at Corpus, one of only a very few people at Corpus doing research on Jewish topics. She's one of the other very few people, and is thrilled that I'll be there and that we can work together.

Term starts on October 1, but I'll probably move to Cambridge before that, just to settle in and learn my way around. And learn to punt. That's key. I am absolutely going to have a punting party for at least one of my birthdays while I'm at Corpus.

I really didn't expect them to move so fast on this. I had my interview at noon on Friday, and, from the timestamps on various e-mails I received, it seems that they decided to take me less than an hour after the interview. I guess my presentation went better than I thought!



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Mar. 16th, 2014 03:53 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that's fantastic news! Well done! You must be so pleased.

Welcome to England!
Mar. 16th, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
I am so amazingly thrilled. I actually got the news while I was still in London, the day after the interview. I had taken my going-to-England phone* to the store to put more money on it in cash, because the network won't take a foreign credit card. I decided that, since the store was right there, I'd use the last bit of my existing credit to check my e-mail, and there it was! There was an e-mail from my mentor saying congratulations, and two e-mails from the Master of the College saying that they were offering me the fellowship. I was so stunned and excited that I had a Moment right there in the shopping mall, and another Moment in the phone store while the very nice clerk was trying to help me put money on the phone. (Fortunately, he was sweet and understanding about it, and he agreed that getting a coveted new job right then and there was a good excuse for having a Moment in the phone store.)

*Which, it now strikes me, may get a status upgrade to "my phone" come September or so.
Mar. 16th, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
I like this part about the Fellowship: early-career scholars of exceptional promise . They don't use words like 'exceptional' lightly.
Mar. 16th, 2014 06:32 pm (UTC)
It's certainly a big thing to live up to. But, as I told my mentor, if you're gonna dream, you might as well dream big! That's the only way to get anywhere.
Mar. 16th, 2014 04:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's wonderful news! I'm absolutely thrilled for you. Huge congrats! Wow.

I wandered around Cambridge once. It was really lovely. And I got gorgeous pizza there...
Mar. 16th, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
Good pizza, that's good to know. I mean, I'm not surprised that there'd be good pizza in Cambridge -- what's a university town without good pizza? -- but now I know someone who knows the good pizza places.

And, hey, we'll be in the same hemisphere for a bit! Visits could happen!

Mar. 16th, 2014 11:31 pm (UTC)
It's a very easy hop across the water from Cork to London :-)
Mar. 16th, 2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
And then a train ride from either King's Cross (quick) or Liverpool Street (cheap), and bada bing bada boom, you're in Cambridge!

Or, if that trip is reversed, I'm in Cork! The possibilities are limitless. And . . . and I just realized, I'll be in a place where you can get on a plane for two hours and be in any of a whole range of countries that are not Canada. Whoa.
Mar. 17th, 2014 10:39 am (UTC)
You don't even need a plane. Get on a train and you could be in Wales or Scotland or even France :-)
Mar. 17th, 2014 03:50 pm (UTC)
True dat. I'll be in a place with a functioning train system!
Mar. 16th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! :) Good luck with the research!
Mar. 16th, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am so looking forward to this. It's going to be an incredible experience, and I love that I have a chance to do this particular project right now.
Mar. 16th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
You rock! That's wonderful!
Mar. 16th, 2014 09:44 pm (UTC)
It's amazing. I'm finally off the job market, at least for a few years, and I keep pinching myself to remember that that's actually true, that I don't have to keep on looking for positions and filling out application after application. And I managed to land an absolutely plum spot that looks to be a perfect match for what I want to do. I am an incredibly lucky Pony, no doubt about it!
Mar. 16th, 2014 10:15 pm (UTC)
You kick butt! I am so thrilled for you I can barely stand it. Go you!
Mar. 16th, 2014 10:55 pm (UTC)
I've spent all day wandering around in a haze of jet lag and happiness. That one blindingly great day when you leave the job market and land a prize like a fellowship at Cambridge. Yessssssssss.
Mar. 17th, 2014 03:57 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I am so very happy for you!
Mar. 17th, 2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am just buzzing over here, even a few days after the fact. It's a real prize, and I still have to pinch myself to believe that I really did it.
Mar. 17th, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC)
YAY! Wow! So happy for you!
Mar. 17th, 2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
I maintain that it was all that singing of "Cambridge" that did it.
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Mar. 17th, 2014 05:47 pm (UTC)
I did it I did it I did it!!!! *Dances right along with you*
Mar. 17th, 2014 11:53 pm (UTC)
Wow, Pony! Three years at Cambridge! Wow!! Just Wow! Go you. That is so cool. Congratulations!
Mar. 18th, 2014 01:27 am (UTC)
It's going to be a wonderful adventure. Corpus is a beautiful place, and it has the absolutely coolest clock right on the corner. And I'll get to learn to punt, as well.

Oh, and write my second book, too. But what of that?
Mar. 18th, 2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
i'll miss you so much but i'm very very happy for you--congratulations!!
Mar. 18th, 2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The thrill has not yet died down.

We should schedule a Peculiar Four event or two for the spring and/or summer. I'd love to make another recording to take to England with me.

And if your travels take you to Europe, maybe you can devise a layover in London or some place like that, and I could take the train to meet you.
Mar. 18th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
i will actually possibly be in london this summer--but i think it will be before you get there, drat the luck!

yes please to peculiar fouraging!
Mar. 18th, 2014 04:43 pm (UTC)
When will you be in London?
Mar. 24th, 2014 01:10 am (UTC)
Yay yay yay yay!!!
Mar. 24th, 2014 03:32 am (UTC)
Dancing in the streets!
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