More postdoc fellowship corruption stories.
Yes, this weekend I heard two more examples (from different labs), with a twist.
In the past, I've mentioned the postdocs who get fellowships because their advisors write the whole thing for them. And the postdocs who get fellowships just because of their advisor's NAME. I'm pretty sure some of my funding was awarded to me as much because of my advisor's name as anything else. But at least I wrote it myself.
This time, I heard about one postdoc whose advisor told him he has to write a fellowship that will be submitted in another postdoc's name. He basically told him he has no choice about this, and made a not-so-veiled threat alluding to recommendation letters and the like.
The other postdoc found out her data is being submitted as supporting material for another postdoc's fellowship application. Although her work is being reviewed for publication, it is not yet published. I guess they figure (probably rightly so) that chances are slim anyone will realize whose data it is. Nobody checks. And there's nothing she can do about it.
This stuff just makes me furious. The system is SO FUCKED UP, and nobody notices.
And then these people, who are apparently incapable of
a) doing their own experiments
b) writing their own proposals
get prestigious fellowships.
Why does that matter, you might ask? It's just a fellowship, right? Only a few years of funding?
The thing is, that one fellowship can make ALL the difference in who gets what job later on. The right fellowship can lead to all kinds of opportunities. It opens doors.
Because they have this nice line on their CV, everyone just assumes they're smarter and more capable than the rest.
What a bunch of bullshit.