Gah! Just got this in my inbox.
I'm sorry to have to let you know that you will not be among our finalists for this year's [Major West Coast Resarch School] Humanities Fellows.
We had over five hundred applications for six places, and this large number of applicants, together with their high quality, made this an unusually competitive year for the program.
Nevertheless, we appreciate the opportunity to have read your work as we considered your application. Thank you, once again, for your interest in the program, and best of luck with your future plans.
Well, congratulations to whoever makes the cut! I'd say that's at least as impressive as a Gold Medal at the Olympics.