Hello, I am a second year PhD student. Recently I got rejected from a scholarship opportunity where candidates are judged on a 9.0 scale on three areas: 1) Academic Excellence 2) Leadership 3) Research Potential. In the results, I scored 6.5 in Academic Excellence and 4.5 in Leadership but a mere 2.25 in Research Potential. I was neither surprised nor disappointed by the result. I have done few oral and poster presentations at conferences but I don't have any journal publication in my name. I have been doing simulation work for a subatomic physics experiment in development since my undergraduate studies. It got me thinking. If I can not get enough publications in my name, does that seriously hamper my chances of landing an academic position? I have a feeling that my academic excellence and leadership experience won't amount to much. I am not exactly sure how to boost my research potential.