I am being offered a research award at a university in a western europe country, and it's a quite known one as well in that country (well you can say in Europe as well). The research award is not from the university directly, it is from a research center within the university. The award is a funding for a short research stay and I have accepted it. However, I have never heard back anything and my e-mails are not replied; it's been months since my acceptance email, and a month from my last e-mail (asking about the next step).
Is it possible that I am being ghosted? I don't mind if it's being cancelled (it's unpleasant, but what can I do, right?) at least there is a news.

Note: I don't know if I am ghosted. It is my question if it's possible that I am being ghosted? Because there is no response or news from the people that offered me this research award. Or is this a normal thing?

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    Hi. Welcome to Academia SE! I'm not sure what is your question exactly, could you please clarify a little?
    – The Doctor
    Commented May 9 at 20:12
  • My question is: is it possible to be ghosted after being awarded a research award? I meant, is it normal not to get any news from them concerning the award? and no response to my emails like in months? I am not expecting a quick one day email response. Is this clearer now? Commented May 9 at 20:30
  • Bureaucracy in some EU countries (not all) can be quite slow and unresponsive. Commented May 9 at 23:15

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You're being too passive. Call them today and get some kind of status update.

  • Indeed, sometime email gets blocked. Phone, fax, send via an different email account on a different server. Commented May 9 at 22:06
  • You guys think so? because I dont wanna come across to be a nuisance.. I meant I know that people get lots of emails and my email can be buried among other emails. But, I did get reply before I accepted their offered.. It just frustrating that I get no news.. but, yes thanks, I will think about it. Commented May 9 at 22:19
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    @TerryLoring Fax ?! Commented May 10 at 12:16

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