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TMP last won the day on November 29 2020

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  1. Congrats on this unofficial offer. I'd se what the funding package looks like. I would ALSO communicate that you have a full funding offer to attend Oxford for a year and see how they react. $17K is definitely UNLIVABLE in the SF Bay Area. $28K is pushing it, but I'd consult the funding spreadsheet to see if that's typical.
  2. Significant revisions to your writing sample should include your awareness of the historiography. Your SOP will be very important -- as it has been repeated many times on this fora, become familiar with the historiography of the area(s) you're interested in exploring for your PhD and pose interesting questions and ideas.
  3. I would not apply to CU Boulder next year if there are that many faculty leaving. it usually takes several years to get new lines, especially at public universities (Our last modern Japanist retired back in 2012? And still haven't gotten an OK. And it took a good 4 years, I think, for us to get Modern Middle East). I would simply try to get in a funded MA, work on your writing sample to show off your skills as a budding historian including incorporation of foreign language(s), and continue to read on your own.
  4. Don't worry. Wait until after April 15th. You'll usually be given a little time to accept the offer if they make it to you then. @bakesealactually, having a full-funded studentship at Oxford is a *very* big deal and possibly just as good as getting a PhD acceptance at Berkeley. Had you gotten into Berkeley, I would have advised you to defer your admissions if you could and take advantage of this studentship. (I actually had to explain to my non-academic family that my cousin's funding for Cambridge was like winning a lottery and should be celebrated. Not just "oh, that's nice tha
  5. Truthfully, I would really have a one-on-one conversation with history professors on your campus, especially those who have gotten their PhDs after 2008. They will answer a lot of your questions and concerns about how you can be prepared for a PhD in history and give you a realistic picture of what being in PhD is like (2-3 years of coursework, exams, and then 3-5 years of research and writing.... not to mention working avg of 20/wk as a teaching assistant as part of the funding packaga, unless you got fellowships to release you from that obligation). If you want to speed up your Russian,
  6. Dear X, Thank you for all the support that you have given during this process, including the many questions that I had to help me make an informed decision. I have decided, however, to attend Y. I hope that our paths will cross again in the future. Best, Z Then hit send. That's all you have to do. It's all part of the game.
  7. Do they actually email the right applicant?? Can you ask about the purpose of this Spanish oral exam?
  8. One comes to mind is Michael Cohen at Tulane who has written extensively on Southern Jews and the economy throughout the 19th century. @APwent there for PhD. I know it's a bit far out of your preference but can't hurt to reach out.
  9. It doesn't hurt -- you need to know before making a decision and this is getting a bit late in the game for (funded) PhD programs to be sending out first-round acceptances.
  10. Yes because you have a funded offer in hand (I assume this is funded offer). You can simply write, "Dear X, I am writing to inquire when the decisions will be released. I have an offer from Y and your program remains of interest to me. Your response will be appreciated." This is short and sweet and keeps the message to the point without all the unnecessary information.
  11. Honestly it depends on the program. I had some programs tell me right off the bat, others kept me in the dark until I contacted them after April 1st to inquire.
  12. You can certainly contact your POIs at your waitlisted institution -- but be sure to ask "How does the waitlist work? is it ranked or by fields?" In my case, it was really a matter of luck and timing along with simply having a clearer sense of what questions I really wanted to ask broadly, not just the project that I had in hand. This year just sucked more than any other year, that's all. All you can do is take a total break from your application (and anything with history) for a couple of months and then re-write your SOP with more clarity once you start reading again.
  13. TMP


    It didn't work in my case. My examiners were pretty fast to poke holes in my "knowledge" during our meetings. So I had to go back and... well, actually get the books and "gut" them.
  14. You might want to consider teaching in private schools/prep schools that do generally prefer PhDs. Take a look and see what the qualifications are. Also you'll want to think about where you'll ultimately want to teach high school -- most states require certification for teaching, which is *not* part of any PhD teaching training and is something you'll have to do on your own on the side.
  15. Ask about living expenses, funding opportunities for conference and research travels. Ask if their 9-month stipend is livable for 12 months (spoiler alert: most grad students don't think about stretching their 9 month payments over 12 months). Ask about summer support. Ask about unexpected expenses of attending that PhD program. Also, ask about how easy it is to get mental health support.
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