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mckenna81 last won the day on March 16

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  1. Ughhhhhh looking like another weekend without knowing what my life will look like come July. I was supposed to hear today about a job I interviewed for last week - no word from them, either. The only thing I know for sure so far is that my lease ends on June 30...
  2. You should DEFINITELY put this on your resume. You weren't an alternate - you were the recipient of a Fulbright award. You could always list as "Fulbright Grant, 2016-2017 (program cancelled)."
  3. Absolutely put it on your resume. It's a BFD. Particularly if it's an academic CV, or an application to graduate school, it should be there.
  4. That really, truly sucks. I'm sorry. When the initial hurt and disappointment subside, I hope you'll keep in mind that being an alternate means you are totally Fulbright-worthy. It's probably an issue of matching people to opportunities, but you are Fulbright-caliber.
  5. I was so hoping Canada would come through with notifications this morning so I could cancel the job interview I have in half an hour. Guess I'll have to continue to plan for my future.
  6. In terms of the politics thing...Maybe it's just because I'm older and slightly more established, but I am not interested in hiding my political stance on the current administration. If the Fulbright program becomes so politicized that an applicant's level of devotion to the president is a consideration, that's not a program I want to be part of anyway. It's one thing to be professional and relatively apolitical in your application and interviews (just as you would with a job) but my Facebook and Twitter pages remain staunchly opposed to the Trump administration. My project is also about global migration, and I did write briefly about the need for Fulbright projects to help humanize immigrants in a period of growing xenophobia. Again, if that disqualifies me, then it's not a program I want to join anyway.
  7. Let's all get Mexican food to celebrate, what the hell.
  8. It's so nice to live vicariously through everyone who has received closure!
  9. Right, I totally understand why people are trying to use any prior information in order to figure out when they might hear. Human beings are terrible at waiting when they don't know how long the wait will be! This is why the DMV is so excruciating. But I encourage everyone to keep in mind that every email is sent by a person, not a machine - it would be almost unsettlingly creepy if the emails went out on the same general day at the same general time every year. Ultimately I think this is the natural outgrowth of very smart people put into a high stakes position. No judgment - I'm stalking this board and the spreadsheet right along with y'all! But really, we're trying to read tea leaves about what it means that an email was sent on one day and not another, and meanwhile the person who's responsible for sending the email is probably, like, trying to figure out when to schedule a dentist appointment and wondering if there's still cake in the break room. Not to mention that since they work for the State Department, they're literally working under a guy who's like "I've been on this job 40 days and North Korea still won't back down, guess it's war time!" This is not a normal year.
  10. As someone who was responsible for admissions for a very large university program, maybe I can help shed some light on the notification gaps. Granted, I was working on a much smaller scale than Fulbright in terms of people to notify, but I was responsible for sending 600-800 notifications each year via email. This also involved multiple emails to those accepted, sort of like the emails to principal candidates. It is an excruciatingly slow process, even when you're using automated mail merges and things like that, which I'm sure the Fulbright coordinators are. Each letter has to be checked, and often the emails have to be individually crafted. If I was in charge of sending the emails, I would separate the awards (student/ETA/scholar/etc) in order to ensure that the work was being done in batches and that people weren't being unnecessarily kept waiting. Someone mentioned that maybe it means that they're deliberating more about the ones that haven't gone out. I doubt that's the case. I would imagine it's more organizational than anything and - though I understand people's instincts - the coordinators are likely slowed down by all the people calling. Like I said, I was an admissions coordinator, not a Fulbright coordinator, so I'm sure they have different processes. But I want to encourage people not to try to prognosticate too much based on the order or timing of notifications. It's probably got nothing to do with us. I also understand the instinct to call (I, too, am going nuts waiting to hear) but really the best thing is to let the coordinators do their work, particularly since we've seen that calls rarely yield useful info.
  11. I've applied to both the Fulbright and the Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellowship. The IRC has an online system where you can check your status, AND IT'S CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Between that and waiting on Fulbright notifications, my nails are bitten down to nothing.
  12. Anyone else having trouble opening the spreadsheet?
  13. As expected, Trump did want to completely eliminate the Fulbright Program and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Fulbright has been spared, but only through reductions to other important international programs. Fuck everything about this administration. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/state-departments-28-percent-cuts-hit-foreign-aid-un-and-climate-change/2017/03/15/294d7ab8-0996-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html?utm_term=.952bd6fb0bfa
  14. Some awards have earlier deadlines. Mine was due August 1.
  15. "Better" is relative. It really all depends on a. what you want to do with the degree and b. what field you're in. I'm in a field where it's very unlikely that I'll get a tenure track faculty job, even with my PhD - there simply aren't enough jobs, and those in "better" programs really don't have much of a leg up at all. I'm better off with my second tier PhD with very little debt than with a first tier degree and $100k in loans. I say this having already gotten my PhD and having worked in admissions for a first tier graduate program in the sciences. The "name" school is not necessarily always the best option, nor does it correlate to long-term success. And though a Fulbright might help you get a first year fellowship to attract you to the school, no award is going to guarantee you full funding throughout your entire degree, especially given the current higher ed climate in the US. In my experience, people who have yet to go to grad school tend to be not so great at understanding or predicting the realities of grad school, particularly when it comes to finances.