This is not what has happened to Vincenzo Dimonte, an Italian set theorist who is presently a post-doctoral researcher at the Kurt Gödel Research Center for Mathematical Logic in Vienna. Dimonte was one of the three recipients in the field of mathematics of a prestigious and competitive Rita Levi Montalcini award for 2016. In his application for the award, Vincenzo Dimonte gave a ranked list of
However, when Vincenzo Dimonte won the grant, the department twice refused to host him! Of course, he'll go down his own list and I trust that one of the four other destinations he chose will actually welcome him. The fact remains that such decisions are hard to understand when viewed from a purely scientific perspective and may have a negative impact on the future career of someone who has been deemed to be worthy of a top award for young researchers in Italy.