My university has a fellowship open for competition. On the official website, they wrote:
The primary deciding factor is student's research publications. For fairness, the application portfolio of the awardees will be publicized for all our students to verify.
However, now the result is announced and no portfolio is publicized for us to check. I asked the university and they said it was a clerical typo: "No portfolio is going to be shared, only the names of the awardee will be shared".
I feel like the university is being hypocritical. Universities punish people who get caught cheating, but when the university goes back on its promise, it is only a "typo."
I find it fishy, so I searched the top three names of the awardees on Google Scholar and other platforms. None of them have any research publications, while some failed applicants have strong research publications.
What can I do here?
Fighting against the institution is an up-hill battle. I am not intending to reverse their decision, as they create the rubric and even if all portfolios are publicized, they can still make a grading rubric to explain their choices.