A good friend of mine summed up my life goals rather succinctly recently. She said that for as long as she’d known me (which has been quite a few years now), the goal has always been to go somewhere interesting and be a scientist. This has not been the easiest of tasks to embark on; this year has been a tough one so far. I’ve had a lot to do. I’ve been busy with all manner of things. At times, it’s been exhausting, both mentally and physically. Evidently, my hard work has not gone unrewarded, as yesterday morning I received an e-mail informing me that I’ve been nominated for a research fellowship!



March was by far one of my busiest months, with my thesis in the endgame stage, and a fellowship application to write. Needless to say, I haven’t written a great many of these in the past, so this was a learning curve. The application in question was to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), who annually award funding to researchers across the world to go and work in Japan. This is the funding which is to be my income for the next two years.

So depending on how my PhD viva goes, in September I’m due to move to Tokyo to spend two years looking at infrared data to study interstellar PAHs and how their structures vary with different interstellar environments. And I am extremely excited about this!

Now, I need to investigate where I’m going to live in Tokyo. And brush up on my Japanese. Oh, and for those who may be interested, you can expect any and all updates on this to find their way onto this blog. I have a feeling it’s going to become rather interesting!

Yes, there are all kinds of awful “Fellowship of the Aromatic Ring” jokes which I’m actively not making right now. Aren’t you proud of me??



About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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