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  1. Are you sure you don't need to be in an enrolled PhD program to receive this kind of short-term grant? I was rejected (and that was after printing 30 pages and paying $30 postage to NY!). I found a "sponsor" by writing to him and telling him what I was interested in doing in Germany and if he would write a sponsor letter. German academics do this all the time. It's just a formality. You are not actually expected to participate in the host institution's life or whatever. Finally, it sounds like unless you use a transnational approach to your proposal, you are not within the targeted area of research. While I have not read DAAD's new initiatives, there is a strong push within German studies to explore Germans' and Germany's interactions with Asia, Latin America, and Africa. If you are coming from an Asian country, you could write a topic about interactions between your country and Germany, perhaps during the decolonization period? Or the development of trade partnerships?
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    Transfer credits

    it depends on the PhD program you're applying to. I had an interdisciplinary MA. I was accepted to 2 programs. My current program: All of my MA credits transferred so I didn't have to take a MA exam but I still had to do 2 years of coursework like most people, regardless of they came in with BA or MA. My other accepted program: My POI didn't think the credits will transfer because most weren't in history and the program really wanted to form me (as @telkanuru said) but my POI was interested in looking into waiving the MA thesis requirement because my MA thesis was already historically based. It varies from one program to another. Still, no matter what, you'll likely still have to do 2 years of coursework, primarily to prepare for your doctoral exams and teaching and getting to know faculty members who might sit on your committees.
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    Chances of Entry?

    Talk to your history professors. See what they think and follow their advice. They do go through the PhD admissions themselves after all....
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    Can I get in to grad school?

    For PhD or MA? What is your end goal?
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    Selecting PHD programs Art History

    You're obviously not paying close enough of attention to what we are saying. This isn't the right place for you to be asking questions. Go to Art History fora.
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    Selecting PHD programs Art History

    @PHD! I think you are using the wrong forum. For history PhD, you'd want to look for programs that are strong in public history or American Studies. Those programs will have professors more sympathetic to your career goals. History PhD programs, even with all the talk about preparing for non-professor positions, still hinges on the tradition.
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    @urbanhistorynerd Been there done that. If nothing else, you have this professor to keep in touch with after (hopefully) you get into a PhD program elsewhere. That person could potentially write a letter on your behalf or look at fellowship application materials or even serve on your dissertation committee as an external reviewer. Just focus on this as an opportunity to network, not only to get into Harvard.
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I agree with @Sigaba Most professors aren't comfortable with reading reviews of their own books unless they're glowing. However, a book review written by a student/prospective applicant who doesn't have a strong grasp of the historiography and history, it's unwelcoming to them and can come across as brown-nose-ing if full of praise. My own adviser was quite reluctant to discuss her book with me until I was actually preparing for my exams when I began writing books that influenced her own work, even though I read the book in my first year (on my own). I had another professor who was nervous about assigning her own book in our seminar because she didn't know what to expect but her book fit so well with the theme. One of my examiners assigned two of her books on my list without question because she was comfortable and aware of her contributions to the field (and that they're likely on plenty of others' reading lists in and out of my program). It's just an ego thing, nothing against you, really. Everyone is different and you don't know who these people are you are applying with, as in human beings. Choose another book that equally excites you.
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    @OHSP I agree with your take and would say the same for other "big city" schools, particularly that one can receive research/summer funds to conduct research later on. It's quite challenging to conduct archival research during a very busy semester of coursework (and TAing if applicable). When I applied to NYU, the only thing that did not excited me about the school was having to live in/near NYC! (At the time, I wasn't fond of NYC but now I'm more warm to it after several months of living there for research.)
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I've done that for NYU, Stanford and University of Maryland and still got rejected Perhaps I should have devoted more space to my questions and ideas and the specifics of the school/department offerings... 😒
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    Is getting a PhD worth it?

    Yes, but not everyone wants to abandon doing historical work for non-history positions.... One has to be willing to leave their history career behind to be willing to go into kinds of jobs (unless they're willing to continue research/writing outside of their regular work hours).
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    Is getting a PhD worth it?

    Always depends where you are living in NYC and how many roommates you've got...
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    Is getting a PhD worth it?

    The answer never changes If you cannot absolutely see yourself doing anything else, then you can try the PhD route. If you can see yourself doing other things, which you obviously can, then no. If you don't try other things first, you will likely spend time in a PhD program wondering "what if i done this? Or that?" It is a consuming process that affects your entire life and many of the relationships you have at the moment. Do you want to spend a year away working in Italian archives, which I've heard aren't exactly the best organized? Are you willing to keep up with your readings during the holiday "breaks" that you're supposed to have to spend time with your family, only instead to be reading to stay on top of coursework and studying for the exams? Are you willing to bite your tongue when you receive feedback from professors (and reviewers) that make you feel defeated (although generally not the intention) or that you just don't like? Do you have the patience to explain 1000x to your (non-academic) family and friends exactly what is it that you're doing and how you're actually being paid (and justify why) to study what you love? Are you willing to endure 2-3 days of conferences with 4-6 sessions a day while schmoozing in between? Are you willing to be told by a superstar you admire in your field that your project isn't good enough? There are really a lot of questions out there that I can keep asking that relate to the reality of being a PhD student and academia. The process itself will continue to challenge your desire to finish. There is no "I defeated that obstacle, now there won't be any more..." There will always be something that will make you doubt (and that actually extends into academic careers as well). I've been challenged "bigly" after not getting in after 2 cycles of PhD admissions and after failing my first PhD exams but my support network (academics AND non-academics) told me to give it all another shot. I did. And I'm glad that I did. Also consider the reality that the PhD is really, really tough on those who do not have enough financial resources beyond their stipend (i.e. savings, Bank of the Family). There are so many hidden fees/costs that pop up over the course of the PhD.
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    What's a good GRE score?

    Developing work ethic, stamina and tolerance for tedious tasks is the key to getting through your doctoral exams. After 75 books, things do become a bit.... dare I say it? Mundane.
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    Best places to apply?

    What is your goal of obtaining a PhD?

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