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  1. I'm also an early modernist waitlisted at UT, so that right there means that there are likely multiple students waitlisted in all subfields. That said, lyonessrampant, you should know that the odds of me ending up at UT, even if I'm eventually accepted off the waitlist, are about 1%. (based on family considerations, NOT the quality of the program.)
  2. Sorry, I realize that was really vague; more ECF's will be given out as the first round of acceptees begin to decline them, I was told.
  3. It seems like one's chances of getting in off a wait list would depend on the way the school sets up their wait list. For example, being wait listed at a school that admits 12 students and looks for a class of 8 would be far worse than being wait listed at a school that admits only 8 students and looks for a class of 8. In addition, if the school has large teaching obligations for grad students or a particularly poor stipend, one would expect many students to decline offers, opening them up for waitlisters. it might be helpful to email the DGS and ask gently if he or she might be able to pr
  4. I was told in an email that they are definitely not done giving out ECF's.
  5. Are there any Vanderbilt admits or alternates out there working in Early Modern/Renaissance studies? I'm on a sort of second waitlist, and I'm desperate to find out if I have any chance at all of making it in eventually. If so, could you maybe send me a personal message? Unfortunately, due to family circumstances I would need to know before this Wednesday at 8 pm. Send me a message, and I'll explain all. Thanks!
  6. Yes. Last year, their fellowship offer covered out of state tuition, if it was necessary.
  7. Seconding this. In general, I was advised (I think rightly) to avoid mentioning specific names as much as possible, if only to avoid turning off AdCom members who might irrationally dislike this or that theorist. Instead of using a proper name as a shortcut, it's preferable just to describe your own approach and interests with precision and verve, which will demonstrate that you know more than just the big names, but that you can engage their ideas and the critical and theoretical problems they address or raise. In sum, I would say that proper names shouldn't be verboten, but should
  8. I recall being told last year that there were 22 fellowships available- so most students, but not all, received one. As I recall, the offer was for year 1 as an RA, years 2-4 as a teacher (either 2-1 or 2-2), and year 5 as some kind of writing guru administrator for 15 hrs a week. I know that there were some students without fellowships who taught 4 classes a semester at different CUNY colleges, which is something I'd prefer not to do.
  9. Note also that UVA insists upon 2 different papers: "Applicants to the MA and PhD programs must submit two critical papers. Applicants may submit an excerpt from a thesis or longer paper as one of these samples, but are still expected to submit a second writing sample."
  10. Are MA and BA holders judged the same? Most people say no; and often, that can work in your favor as BA holder. I can pass along, for example, that Rutgers told me (an MA holder who was rejected last year) that the bar for MA holders is much, much higher than for BA's, and that not a single MA holder was admitted last year. Hope that gives you some confidence!
  11. The GRE general scores, at least, do change over time-- which is very strange. Apparently, my 5.0 writing was 71st percentile four years ago, but is, as of today, all the way up to the 84th percentile. That suggests that people are performing less well on the test, which would suggest that your percentile is likely to rise over time. That said, however, you might actually do better on the subject test this year, simply because it seems to have changed dramatically, I think beginning with last fall's tests. Everything I had ever been told -- all message boards, all prep books, all the materi
  12. I’m a bit surprised that this article hasn’t come up here, but I was struck by this comment from Peter Conn (UPenn) in the Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/article/We-Need-to-Acknowledge-the/64885/ “How have humanities faculty members and their administrators responded to this cluster of threats? They haven't. In 1987, the first year for which tallies of humanities doctorates were computed according to the preferred CIP (Classification of Instructional Programs) methodology, humanities departments graduated 2,991 doctoral students. In 2007, the most rec
  13. Intextrovert, you’ve inspired me to post. I’ve been following gradcafe for several months now, but haven’t said anything yet. My own experience confirms what you’ve said. I went to a school much like yours for undergrad, except that mine wasn’t even prestigious. I then applied to a few Ph.D. programs with what was hardly even an SOP, was somehow admitted to a pretty poor school or a rather directionless MA, at least until my last semester there (a bad decision, I realize now, but at least it gave me a little time to figure out a few things I wanted to study). The professors there had
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