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  1. Hi everyone, Hope you can help me. I'm currently a senior at Northwestern University studying political science with minors in Spanish (did it for the language skills) and marketing (did it for the quantitative research skills). I want to get a PhD in political science eventually but want to spend (at least) a year working before applying to graduate school. I will likely apply this fall to PhD programs. I applied to several fellowships and was even made a finalist for a couple of them but nothing has panned out so far, I've applied to a couple of jobs and have also been rejected from all of them and I feel quite. I'm a first-gen college student, and only child, and my parents don't even speak English so that's no help. I just feel like there are no entry-level positions for me. I'm super interested in studying conflict and my research experience supports that but really I would take anything related to research or political science, at a think tank or something like that. I have a good GPA (slightly above 3.75), and quite frankly a lot of research (honors thesis, independent research grant on a separate topic, and I work as a research assistant; have taken two graduate-level courses in quantitative research, one in the poli sci department and one in the marketing department) and student leadership experience. I don't know where to continue searching, what to look for, or how to improve my luck. All of my friends have jobs and I feel very discouraged. Really any sort of advice would be helpful to me, I'm happy to share my resume or CV via PM. What should I be looking for in order to improve my profile? I hope this post is okay and I'm sorry if I haven't been more specific, but like I said even being pointed in a good direction would be so helpful for me. Please let me know if there is any other information I should provide on here and I will edit accordingly. Thank you in advance for the help!
  2. Hello Dear Fellows who want to overcome Nihilism! ANYONE HEARD BACK FROM COLUMBIA FREESTANDING MA in POLITICAL SCIENCE? I submitted my application on the 26th of January and hope to hear from them before 15th of April. What do you think? Anyone applied to that program?
  3. Haven't seen a thread for the 2017 cycle so I thought I'd initiate one here. Anyone in the process of applying? I have just submitted my application to UBC and am currently working on ones for U of T, McGill, York, Calgary, Alberta and possibly Queens/Victoria. Here are my stats: Undergrad GPA: 3.6/4.33 (3.88 in last 2 years) MA (International Studies- Course Based): 3.55/4.33 MA (Political Science): 4.0/4.0 Scholarships: 5 in second MA (including SSHRC); 2 in first MA and and 3 in BA Other Awards: Rhodes Finalist, Dean's Honor Call, Best Poster Presentation Award Publications: Three published, one of them is single author; 3 submitted Conferences: Presented at two academic conferences Research: Worked as an RA in 2 semesters Enthusiastic reference letters I would appreciate any comments/evaluations? UBC is my first choice but the profs that work in my area aren't taking on PhD students so I'm not sure about what my chances are. Of course would be happy to have an offer from Toronto and McGill as well. Where is everyone else applying to?
  4. hello, not sure if a lot of you guys are familiar with Sciences-po but it's quite big in IR/Development/Political science. I got accepted in the international development(ma) and was wondering if there was anyone else. one thing to mention is that i'm not sure if i'll accept the offer because i'm interested in educational development and it seems that Sciences-po doesn't have a lot of courses in education.. seriously considering if i have to apply for the 2018-2019 term for American GSEs (+European schools too such as Oxbridge GSEs specializing in education development) thanks
  5. I'm currently working on my applications for the 2017-2018 cycle, and I'd appreciate any input regarding my chances. Some information: Undergraduate institution: large, mid-tier public university GPA: 3.95 overall, 3.98 in major Majors/minors: Political Science major, theology minor Grad school: N/A Gre: 164 Verbal/160 Quant/5 AW Research experience: one published paper in the university undergraduate journal (the paper pertained directly to my research interests), completion of an honor's thesis, one semester in a research course where I primarily organized data Likely LoRs: one from thesis advisor (fairly well-known in the field, got to know him well), one from a top poli sci professor whose upper level course I took (attended office hours regularly for paper advice, but no RA experience), one from another well-known professor whose interests aren't all that close to mine (again, office hours but no RA experience), and the final one from the director of the research course I previously mentioned. All four know I'm capable of advanced analytical thought, but only two actually advised me in a research capacity. Research area (IR): political violence, intrastate conflict, human displacement/migration patterns Top school choices: Johns Hopkins, MIT, USC, U-Minn, U-Penn My primary concern is that my research experience is limited. Additionally, I wasn't able to study abroad during undergrad. Any thoughts/comments are appreciated.
  6. So I've received offers from Carleton and Calgary, but I'm very torn. Carleton: -Practical; Engineering focused courses -Co-Op, part of the Ottawa network -Courses are very interesting Calgary -More funding -I've heard that the faculty is tightly knit and definitely supports students -But isolated from Ottawa connections -Higher cost of living -Courses are theoretical Can anyone speak to either of these programs?
  7. Hello everyone, I am kind of new here. I am junior studying PSC at a US college. I want to go to grad school and study Authoritarianism-Public Opinion- Voter Behavior mainly. I started preparing for my application so I have a couple of questions for you. 1. Although I am in a good range in Q (163-166) , my verbal is not that good (around 153-154). I will do my best to improve it until I take the test this summer but I don't know how hard I should study for it. Do you think having a lower score on Verbal would hurt my chances a lot given that I am an international student? 2. I am searching for grad schools with a focus on Middle East-Authoritarianism as I suggested above, do you have any program recommendations for me? 3. Lastly, I am so desperate about my chances for getting into a T20 school. My profile is below, what do you think? Major:Political Science Minor: Statistics GPA=3.98 LoR= All from tenured professors. One with a professor that I RA'd before. Research: I will be doing a research this summer on a grant from my school and am hoping to use it as my writing sample. I speak Turkish fluently and German at an advanced level.
  8. Hello everyone. I hope everybody is having a good cycle. I am interested in critical theory and democratic theory. UCI is a great fit. But people have advised me to choose UCLA or wait at least for Cornell waitlist result. I am a bit confused. As a sidenote, I will not be staying in the U.S after finishing my Ph.D. Any advice on how to move forward?
  9. Greetings everybody! I am a second-year graduate student and I intend to apply for PhD programs in the 2017-18 cycle. I am specifically interested in the area of IPE. I would appreciate if anyone could evaluate my profile and give me some insights in application. Below are some of my experiences Undergrad: a Chinese university that is famous for IR research Major: English Language and Literature Undergraduate GPA: 3.60 Graduate School: a famous US university with top ten ranking in IR (according to Foreign Policy survey) Graduate program: MA International Trade and Investment Policy (Concentration: International Economic Policy Analysis) Graduate GPA: 3.80 (still in progress, hope to maintain and improve it) Quant prep: Statistical reasoning, a variety of economic courses, econometrics (plan to take it during the summer) Publication: One book review on a renowned peer-review Chinese journal; one article in an English academic journal managed by graduate students; one column article on a famous Chinese media outlet Presentation: Presented part of my research project in a graduate student club event at renowned international relations university in the US Research experience: BA thesis and a variety of papers for classes; plan to start a personal research project focused on IPE topics after finishing my studies Letters of Recommendation: Now I have four candidates: 1. My professor for international trade class. I am also doing program assistantship with her, so hopefully she will write me a good reference; 2. My professor for the class Corruption, Governance and Development who is a renowned scholar in the area of trade; 3. My professor for international finance who is among the top economists in the US (but I am not sure if it is useful for political science application); 4. My professor for international political economy. GRE: 151V, 165Q, 3.5W (plan to retake it and improve the scores) Scholarship: The Chinese government scholarship for graduate studies abroad; several scholarship of outstanding students in undergraduate studies SOP: Will start to work on it after graduation Writing Sample: Will be the personal research project focusing on IPE Field: IR, IPE, globalization, trade theories, China's role in the international economic system, identity politics and globalization Please give me some suggestions on how to improve my profile and what would be fatal disadvantages? Thanks for reading and evaluating my profile!!
  10. Hi everyone, I've been accepted to both Columbia University and Yale University's PhD program in Political Science. My subfield at Columbia would be Comparative Politics with a minor in either American Politics, Law, or Economics, and I'd be concentrating in Political Economy at Yale. I like the faculty from both, was an econ major in undergrad and am very interested in studying voting behavior and electoral politics. It appears both departments have professors I'd be thrilled to do research with in this area. I love New York City, but also don't mind New Haven and don't want to make my choice based on location. Money is about the same for each program. How would you choose between them? A few questions I have with respect to both programs: 1) Does either program have a political leaning (more liberal faculty, more conservative faculty, etc)? 2) Which program has the better reputation in-field (not just the US News ranking), and which will be more respected by the everyday public? 3) How rigorous is the empirical research requirement in each program? 4) Which is better if you DON'T want to go into academia (I'd prefer to work for a think tank, research org, or the government/UN)
  11. Curiously, I want to know if anyone applied, stats, or heard from the Jackson Institute from Yale for Fall 2017. I thought someone would put a thread about it, but I haven't heard anything about it for this cycle, so that makes me cautious . Anyone else have a clue?
  12. I have admits from both GSU and UH, What do you guys recommend. Its so difficult to pick GSU - Tuition 12k per semester - Professors are super friendly UH - Tuition 8k per semester - Professors are (lets not use that word here) Any pointers would be helpful
  13. Hello GradCafe! I'm a Fall 2017 applicant for U.S. political science PhD programs. I really appreciate the camaraderie and kindness displayed in the applicant discussion forums, as well as the invaluable pieces of advice and information. To that end, I'm here to ask for some more advice! As the application cycle is wrapping up, my most likely options will be Michigan and Columbia. I haven't made a decision yet, but one thing that holds me back from Michigan's otherwise outstanding program is their funding situation: they have a so-called ten-term rule (http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/graduate-education/policies/the-ten-term-rule.html) that limits funding from the College General Fund for doctoral candidates to ten semesters. Could any insiders provide some insight on: 1) how realistic it is to get funding beyond the fifth year; and 2) anything else about Michigan or Columbia that might help in making a decision. For example, I'm wondering what the departmental culture is like at each institution. I have heard that faculty at some top-ten departments overwork their students--as in this thread (http://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/86719-some-words-of-caution/#comment-1058436012), some students work 70+ hours every week and are told that they are "falling behind if they're not reading in the shower." In contrast, another poster in that same thread states that a (well-focused) 9-to-5 work schedule was sufficient. I of course understand that a PhD will not (and should not) be a picnic, but I'm trying to get a sense of whether the coursework component at either school is more like an excuse to torment students than an opportunity to prepare students for their dissertation phase. 3) the relative strengths of the international relations departments in each school. Thank you all very much in advance!
  14. Greetings fellow forum goers, I just found out that I've been accepted to the PhD program in political science at Washington University in St. Louis. Given that the majority of my interests fall under the categorical confines of empirical legal studies and judicial politics, I'm fairly certain that I'll end up attending WashU for graduate study. That being said, I'd love to get a head start in getting to know my (potential) cohort, so if you or anyone you know has gotten in to the PhD program in polisci at WashU, please let me know! Best, CS
  15. Greetings fellow forum users, I just found out that I've been accepted to the PhD program in political science at Washington University in St. Louis (beginning August 2017). Given that I am primarily interested in empirical legal studies and judicial politics, I'm fairly certain that I'll end up attending WashU for graduate study. That said, I'd like to try and get in touch with other individuals that have also been accepted by WashU just so I might get a head start in getting to know my cohort. So, if you or anyone you know has also been accepted to the PhD program in political science at WashU, please contact me! Best, CS
  16. After multiple e-mails, calls, and a verbal confirmation that she had sent in my reference, I just saw on an application portal that one of my referees actually did not send it in. I've e-mailed both her and the school to ask if it is still possible for it to be considered, but is there really any hope of that happening at this point? It is my top choice and even though she has a reputation for being down to the wire, I never expected her to put me in this situation. Honestly just so hurt and worried right now. Is there anything more I can do besides e-mailing and calling on Monday? Also any experiences of late references being considered? Thanks in advance!
  17. I am currently a PhD student at another UC school in the political science department. Not quite getting the institutional support I need for my research interests, so looking to transfer to Berkeley in order to (hopefully) get that support. Berkeley has a lot more faculty working in my area of interest. Is it worth the repeat of application pain to transfer? Any suggestions, insight, or tips would be greatly appreciated.
  18. I am currently a PhD student at another UC school in the political science department. Not quite getting the institutional support I need for my research interests, so looking to transfer to Berkeley in order to (hopefully) get that support. Berkeley has a lot more faculty working in my area of interest. Is it worth the repeat of application pain to transfer? Any suggestions, insight, or tips would be greatly appreciated.
  19. Hello, I am obnoxiously checking on The Survey on this website and realizing folks who are identifying what sub-fields they are intending in pursuing, while some are not. This is making me worry as I am realizing I never explicitly identified my intended sub-field in my statement of purpose. Is this something to be worried about? I feel as though my intended sub-fields (comparative) was implicitly implied in my letter. Does this sort of thing make a big difference in application review? Thanks! Mark
  20. Hello everyone, I am trying to get a feel if I am competitive for the International Affairs or public policy programs I want to attend, and if there is anything else I can do to help my admission chances. Here is a basic look over my resume/ transcript. Program: UPitt GSPIA, Korbel, Fletcher, NYU any other suggestions would be nice Field of Study: International Security University: Senior Military College/ regional public university Major/Minor: B.A in International Affairs, Minor in Organizational Leadership and European History GPA: 3.2 GRE: 165 V 163 Age: 23 Experience: 6 month internship to NATO School Oberammergau working with the academic department in Germany. I also had a 3 month internship at NATO LANDCOM HQ in Izmir, Turkey working with public relations. Enlisted in the National Guard out of high school as an Infantryman (no skills there), and I am commissioning into the Army national guard as a CBRN officer (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear). I have received a ton of certificates from time with the NATO School from all different areas of interest. LOR: I have one from the dean of academics at the NSO Oberammergau, Germany writing a letter. My department head for my program is also writing out a recommendation. I also have other professors who could write stellar LORs. Activities: Model UN president, Allied club secretary, along with other leadership positions in ROTC that don’t matter that much. I had a few part-time jobs and a study abroad to the Baltic nations for a semester. Languages: Fluent English, intermediate Turkish, and basic level German and Russian picked up from courses and travel. I have a rather low disappointing GPA, this and my unknown regional university will probably keep me from going that far. What should I do, retake the GRE? Take a few graduate courses? Any input will help. thank you!
  21. When asked which are the best (or proper) universities to study, we are usually tempted to repeat the mantra: "if you are not able to say whether the university X is a top 5/10/20, it means it is not". Nonetheless, for some of us, especially foreigners, it is quite hard to identify the best 5/10/20 universities in the U.S.. Things get even harder if we are supposed to assess the quality (in terms of employability) or compare less known universities. Let's say, to decide whether to do a PhD at UC Irvine or UC Santa Barbara, or between UC Riverside and UC Merced. There are some rankings available out there: US News, Times, QS, etc. Still, in many cases, especially after the top 20, the ranking disparities are so large that it gets quite hard to make a decision. In this sense, what's the proper ranking to use? Or, what's the best way to choose the university when you have more than one letter of acceptance?
  22. Hello, My intention is to attain a masters degree in international studies/relations (or related) within the next couple of years. My aim is for it to be from a prestigious school with a unique experience. Preferably overseas or at a prestigious American university (for example, the dual degrees that SciencesPo offer are probably my top choices). I attained a B.A. in international studies from a Big Ten school almost five years ago. I had a weak overall GPA, but a decent major GPA. Throughout undergrad I was a member of Navy ROTC. This helped me professionally; however, I did not venture into any sort of academic research or even honors courses during my time as an undergrad. Upon graduation I became an officer in the U.S. Military and worked in special operations. My profession had its own prestigious selection process and dealt with numerous international issues from a unique perspective. Some further supplementing information: Undergrad GPA: 3.42 (I took some calculus and physics classes that I struggled hard with and absolutely destroyed my GPA) Major GPA: 3.9 (international studies/history related courses) GRE: Not taken yet, will be taking soon So my issue currently is that I have a relatively weak academic background that does not meet the high standards of the prestigious schools/programs I would like to apply to. Because of my academic weakness, I currently am banking my entire application on my professional background, which I feel will help but is not yet enough. My ultimate question is this: I have some time before I intend to apply (at least 2018). What can I do between now and then that could further supplement my application and particularly fill in the prominent holes in my application? Internships? Jobs? Research? Any opportunities at all really Where/how do I go about finding opportunities that would help bolster my academic credibility on paper? Thanks for the help in advance.
  23. I applied to DAAD's Public Policy and Good Governance Scholarship for Developing Countries. Lately, this program has been renamed as DAAD Helmut Schmidt Program. I applied to two schools- Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and University of Osnabruck. While I have been accepted to both programs, DAAD is only willing to fund me for Osnabruck. Hertie, on the other hand, has offered me a tution fee waiver of 50%. So, I'm caught between the two choices- have an absolute free ride to Osnabruck's Masters in Democratic Governance and Civil Society program. DAAD offers a generous monthly stipend besides contributing towards travel, and health insurance. Tuition fee and semester fee is also paid in full. Hertie's program is however much more reputed and they have connections with elite institutions such as Science Po, LSE, Columbia. Hertie's program has a rather professional orientation compared to Osnabruck's focus on political theory. However, for Hertie, I will have to incur substantial debt to meet my living expenses and pay tuition. After 50% waiver, I will still have to pay € 16000. As for my future plan, I want to do PhD in PolSci at reputable US schools such as NYU or Chicago. I applied to these schools only as test cases without putting in my best effort for the personal essay, recommendation letters, standardized exams etc. I'm afraid by attending a rather average school (Osnabruck's) on full funding might not work out in the long run when I apply for a PhD.
  24. I know it's a bit late in the game, but I would love to hear what people know about the UGA program (looking specifically at American/Methodology) other than the USNWR ranking. Any information at all would be appreciated! TIA
  25. I'm an undergraduate student in University of Hong Kong directly go for PhD in elite universities in the US without MA degree. I'm wondering if I am aiming too high here. Double major in Politics and Sociology. Applying for Comparative Politics in Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, Duke, Michigan and Cornell. Major field is discourse analysis in authoritarian regimes. GPA 3.69/4.3 (we've got very harsh marking system, so this is first honour already); GRE V167, Q165, AW4 (Terrible writing score); TOEFL 119/120. Working experience: RAship for 2.5 years in HKU, 3 months in LSE, 5 months in Chinese academy of Social Sciences, 3 months in a local Hong Kong think tank. Independent researcher for 40 days in Nepal. One semester exchange in King's College London. Reference: one from a tenured professor in LSE; the other two from my undergraduate supervisors, non-tenure but know me really well. Publications: 'Revise and resubmit' from a peer-reviewed journal, but I did not contribute the manuscript: instead I re-engineered it as my thesis. I highlighted this experience in my SOP Conference: presented at a low-rank not-famous conference; invited as attendee for a more famous one (but attendee only) Awards: Undergraduate Awards: Regional winner of Asia; HKU Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programme; 2017 Rhodes Hong Kong finalist; and two other smaller scholarships. I am wondering if I am aiming too high here. Lack of an MA degree; undergraduate from an oversea university; shitty GRE writing plus no peer-reviewed publication... I fear that my evaluation of myself was totally wrong, and that I am not competitive for any of the universities I am applying for at all... Thank you in advance.