"Despite these [administrative] obstacles, I feel privileged for having had the opportunity to experience so many various ways of doing science and meeting so many different and dear people, as well as learning another foreign language."
"It also struck me that it was a terrific opportunity to do something for other young researchers, and, based on my own experiences of research and mobility, I really felt that I had something to offer!"
My colleagues and letter-writers, who were surprised by the 40-plus applications I sent out last year, might have doubted my sanity (and perhaps their own) after this years final count of 110 applications.
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