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About remenis

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    History PhD (medieval)
  1. I agree with nhhistorynut - the rating of the MA doesn't matter all that much. Go for one that is funded and has at least 1-2 profs who fit well enough with your interests and who are likely to be known to the people you want to work with at NYU or Columbia. I would definitely recommend applying to MAs because a strong GPA in an MA program will look a lot better in apps to top programs, but I wouldn't personally recommend going into 40k of debt for it.
  2. Wait until you get the email from the Madrid office. At least for Research Spain offers a small amount for set up costs which I didn't know about until they reached out a few days after I got the initial email from the US office.
  3. How low is it? How does it compare with the cost of living in Poland?
  4. Just wanted to say that when I received my acceptance on Friday I had the same thing. First an email saying "Congratulations On Your Fulbright U.S. Student Award", then, about a minute later, an email titled "Fulbright Application Status (P)".
  5. I just got an email - awarded a Fulbright award to Spain (research)!
  6. No we are notified by the Institute of International Education. One of the people on this list: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/contact-us
  7. Definitely do the MA in this case because it is funded, the PhD is not well ranked and you yourself mention worrying about adjusting to the workload. You'll improve as an MA student and then can apply to better PhD programs that will be more likely to eventually get you a job. Top PhD programs generally don't care where you did your MA - but the quality of your PhD institution will have a huge impact on your ability to get a job in academia later. TMP is right that you might end up in school for 7-10 years with the MA, but if you go to a poorly regarded PhD program you might spend 5 years in grad school for nothing.
  8. I work in medieval history as well. In general, most of the formal, well-advertised, year-long research positions are only available to people who have already completed a graduate degree. Remember that many of PhD graduates in medieval history do not find jobs as professors and seek out these sort of positions, so unless a job or fellowship specifies that it is for someone holding a BA only, they're going to be pretty hard to obtain. In my experience, the best way to find a research assistant position as a postgrad is to email people who work on something related to your interests and ask if they need a research assistant. In my last year of undergrad I sent out emails to nearby professors whose work I had read but who I had never met explaining my interests and asking if they needed a research assistant - one happened to be looking for a new researcher and was able to pay me (part time - I did have to get a second part time job as well). My advice would be to email assistant professors, because they are highly motivated to get research done (in time for tenure review) but do not have their own graduate students (professors who are advising students will almost always have those students as their research assistants if they need one).
  9. Hi chelsie - have you not heard anything back yet? Two other Spain ETA applicants posted that they heard back on March 16th. I also applied to Spain (but research) and have heard nothing.
  10. You too TotheBalkans! I hope we both hear this week
  11. I'm still waiting on Spain (research).
  12. Yes, it is very likely having an online degree could hurt your chances of acceptance to PhD programs. Whether they're right to or not, many academics have strong negative opinions of online education.
  13. Often, yes - but the Spain ETAs found out on March 16th this year and I'm still waiting for the Spain Research decision - so maybe don't get your hopes up.
  14. There are two ways I know of that enable people to write book chapters - typically you have to know the person who is editing a volume to be invited to contribute a chapter to it, or you have to have participated in a conference in which all the attendees papers are collected and published as a book. In my understanding it is very rare for graduate students to publish book chapters and not even necessarily recommended. For example, if you do attend a conference where they wish to publish all the papers in a book - this is often not "peer-reviewed" which is less distinguished than publishing in a peer-reviewed journal.
  15. Yeah, I agree - emailing once a week would annoy them. But if you haven't written or heard anything since February it would be fine to send your POI a note. If you haven't heard from them, emailing is not going to result in you finding out that actually you're in and they never told you - but best case scenario, maybe they'll tell you they're waiting on a decision from one person, you're the next choice and the odds are something like 50/50. Worst case scenario, they've already closed the waitlist and never told you (this happens) - but at least then you'd know. When I was waitlisted, I'd received a note from my POI informing me of the status and that the program rarely took people off the list. But I never received anything (even after April 15th) letting me know the outcome one way or another. By then I didn't care anymore, because I accepted another offer but it seems to me that often a program will never contact you to let you know if they are not going to be taking you off the waitlist.