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DCTXK

Ford Foundation Predoctoral fellowship 2017

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I'm starting this forum for those who applied to the for fellowships predoctoral competition. If you want, comment with your field and standing (e.g. Non starred, first year etc)! 

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Hey! 

First time applicant here, my field is Bioarchaeology - joint between biological anthropology and archaeology. 

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First time applicant -- Political Science 

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Second time applicant, first year PhD student in human-centered computing
 

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Well, today is the last day to upload supplemental material. How is everybody feeling about their applications? @bposadas What did you change about you app from the first time you applied? 

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First time applying as well. I think it is a long shot at this stage in my career but I will be satisfied if I at least get honorable mention.

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First time applicant!

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On 1/10/2017 at 9:20 AM, DCTXK said:

Well, today is the last day to upload supplemental material. How is everybody feeling about their applications? @bposadas What did you change about you app from the first time you applied? 

I changed the whole thing...

When I first applied, I was a master's student in one discipline preparing for a PhD program in another. One of my weaknesses was that I didn't have enough guidance at the time to write a strong proposal in my new field. The other glaring weakness was that my master's adviser wrote one of my letters. At the time, he and I had a falling out and he knew nothing about my new field. One of the reviewers actually mentioned how I need to share my essays with my letter writers so they would know what I wanted to do... which I had done... that's how much he didn't know about my new field. 

I actually got pretty good reviews, just not enough to get anything. That's one tip I learned, if you don't get it, ask for the reviews immediately after its announced so you can address the issues and try again.

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First time applicant here too!! I am happy everything is in, but the waiting game will be a struggle.

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15 hours ago, dillwithit said:

First time applicant here too!! I am happy everything is in, but the waiting game will be a struggle.

If it helps, I got my notice last year around March 30th. So only 2 1/2 months to go!

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The website says April 2017 is when the notifications go out.

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