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  1. Do you *have* to apply now? Can you just wait? A lot of the schools you're interested in are very likely not to admit anyone for F'21.
  2. News: UNC is not accepting students for fall 2021. Except a real trend here.
  3. PM me for more on J'lem's neighborhoods if you haven't found a place yet. I've lived there several times and studied at Hebrew U.
  4. I know it sounds really discouraging. But honestly, do you want to enter in a PhD program when departments are fighting for funds to help people finish their degrees once those people have exhausted their 4-5 year funding packages? Departments do want to be able to commit to their PhD students to the fullest extent, thus not abandoning those further along. To do that, they would prefer not to admit (w/ blessing of the Powers to Be) new students who they cannot provide the same amount of support for the next 5-8 years. They are also freaking out about graduate students who have recently passed
  5. Just a FYI, from the grapevines, There *is* strong consideration by a number of PhD programs, including at private schools and Big 10, to suspend admissions for Fall 2021, and perhaps 2022, to focus on supporting the current graduate students and helping them finish. Final decisions won't be made just right now but I'll expect to see them roll around October. Take this as you want in the way of how much effort you want to put in into writing your application materials between now and late October when most decisions should be made in time for December deadlines.
  6. At the same time, you can certainly frame your emails to ALL of them (individually!) along the lines of : Dear X, Blah, blah, blah. The department appears to be a strong fit to me. Professors Y and Z have research interests that complement mine. Do the graduate students in South Asian history typically work with all three of you in one way or another? How does this field function the way of offering seminars and preparing reading lists? etc. Then you can get a good sense ahead of time how organized the field is. Trust me, not all fields are organized, cohesive, an
  7. Can you read classical/traditional Chinese handwriting on top of simplified? Are you familiar with how Western scholars understand China and have analyzed Chinese and non-Chinese materials coming out from Western, Chinese, and Taiwanese archives?
  8. They do not need to be perfect. The scholars-- Boyle, Kruse, and Brick (as far as I'm aware of their work/grad students)- will be willing to work with you. The most important thing is that you can build a dissertation committee. Who else in the department would be able to work with you? When you write that fit paragraph, you need to be able to demonstrate how the department's offerings fit your intellectual needs. Take a look at recent graduate seminars being offered and identify which ones you'd take and who's teaching them. Those persons should be in your SOP. Also, when you do US histor
  9. it is worth bringing up the issue of the GRE. You won't be the only one figuring out whether to study for it at all when your time could be better spent continuing to revise your SOP and writing sample. Right now, everyone is very tied up with the fall semester preparations (including the latest drama over international students) that graduate admissions may be sitting on the back burner. Truthfully, I think you may be best off asking the Graduate School administration about the GRE, it's the one that usually wants it, not the departments (at least not in History).
  10. In my decade (yikes) of being a member of this forum, almost no one ever goes to an online program. So we don't have much in the way of resources. Google will be better off assisting you. But we're open to hearing why an online graduate program in history rather than traditional brick-and-mortar.
  11. Ditto to @Sigaba's points about TA responsibilities. Since TAing for online classes actually involved MORE work than in-person, do your due diligence to keep track of your active hours so you are not going beyond the maximum time limit (generally 20 hr/week for 50%/.5 appointmnt)
  12. I'm jealous that your university has gone online. Trust me, you do not want to be on campus with thousands of undergrads who will not let COVID19 stop them from socializing and partying. As a friend puts it, campuses are petri dishes. There is no harm in emailing grad students and faculty for a Zoom coffee chat You will also see who else is attending Zoom events in your department and try to build conversations from those points.
  13. Yeah I'm jealous too. I feel like a klutz reading @Sigaba's post sometimes... 😄
  14. I think you have posted your situation before around here. (Yes, it's not often that we get Swedes here ). I do think your project is interesting enough and you don't need to narrow your focus further. What. you do need to articulate, however, are your goals. Why the MA? What do you wish to accomplish during the program? What is your next step?
  15. Try not to conflate Personal Statement with Statement of Purpose as some schools use these labels interchangeably. It's important to read the instructions what they are asking for. Follow the instructions. It's fine to open up with a personal story but get to the point quickly-- what are the questions you want to explore? What historians/ideas out there are you interested in engaging with during your doctoral study? Why, specifically, is that department and school the best fit for you? That's it.
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