Thank you for your application for the position of one of ‘5 PhD students in Culture Studies’, vacancy number B043-47218. We obtained 229 applications for these positions. We regret to inform you that you have not been selected for an interview. All candidates were judged on the basis of their CV and grades, the originality of their proposal, the methodology suggested for the research, the feasibility of the research in a time frame of four years, and the fit with existing research in the Groningen Research Institute for Culture Studies (ICOG). Other candidates satisfied these selection criteria to a greater degree. The university thanks you for your interest and wishes you every success for your future career. With kind regards, M.R.B. Wubbolts, secretary to the selection committee.