In late February 2022, the annual call for WASP academic doctoral students closed with many registered proposals. A total of 139 admissions were submitted, which will affect the evaluation timeline.

There was a large interest shown in the 2022 call for doctoral students with 139 submitted applications. Already last year the interest broke the record when 89 applications were received. Both years stand out, comparing to the number of applications in previous years.

– The WASP management is very pleased to see that the researchers in Sweden are noticing WASP and find our calls attractive. At the same time, a large number of proposals causes a large work load in the writing and reviewing of the proposal for the WASP community. In view of the limited number of grants that can be awarded the acceptance rate will be affected, says Anders Ynnerman, WASP Program Director.

Next step – reviews

It is a cumbersome task ahead for the evaluation committee to review the applications, while maintaining the highest possible scientific quality.

With the experience from last year in mind, WASP was prepared to receive many applications also this year but the number this year is overwhelming. To ensure a rigorous evaluation for all, the evaluation process will by necessity take longer time than expected. Applicants will be notified about the updated timeline as soon as possible.

Published: March 31st, 2022

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