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  1. I know this thread is old, but I went to an unranked, unfunded (do not do this) MA and managed to do pretty well in my application season. Imo the keys to getting into a PhD program are fit, an excellent SOP and a writing sample that showcases your ability to do original research and engage with historiography. And a bit of luck since you'll face fierce competition, even more so in the current climate/funding crunch than when I applied just 7 years ago. You can't control luck, so focus on the rest.
  2. I'm so sorry you're going through this. Rejection is a huge part of academia, but it doesn't mean the sting goes away. Your value isn't tied to an acceptance to a PhD program. I recognize saying that is easy, and feeling the truth of it is much harder in these moments. It is brutal in the humanities right now. Absolutely brutal. And we haven't felt the full impact of it yet. Rejection now can be an opportunity for you to reassess if it's worth it when the number of jobs is becoming vanishingly small--and the number was small pre-covid. I started my program in 2015 fully understanding the
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    You're going to get through this! Try to read the intro and conclusion of each book before turning to reviews. The important thing is understanding how the books work together. How do the arguments intersect? How do they challenge each other? Something that worked really well for me was writing a precis for each section of my comps lists. So, for example, one precis would be on the historiography of WWI based on whatever 4-5 books were on my list, and another precis would be on gender in colonial America, etc. It was useful to have a sheet of paper focused on historiography from which to study
  4. The most important parts of the application: 1. Fit (this is how you figure out where to apply) 2. Statement of purpose that demonstrates fit, engagement with relevant historiographies, the ability to conceive a dissertation-worthy project, evidence of previous research experience and generally showing you understand what a history PhD is all about. For the SOP to be successful, your project needs to be narrow enough to be a dissertation. From what you've described, I have no clue what your project is about. All I know is geography, time period and the very vague umbrella of "social
  5. I wouldn't have joined Phi Alpha Theta as a PhD student, but I did as an MA student after a very mediocre BA career. I figured being part of an honors society would help me find a more serious community of students, form a writing group and have a support network on a campus where I knew no one. I enjoyed my time with PAT and still talk to many people I met through it. Don't join because you think it'll make a difference on your CV--it won't. Most people remove PAT from their CV once they start receiving awards and honors at the PhD level. @starshiphistory is spot on: PAT's worth depends on ho
  6. I'm empathetic to those who want to visit campuses in person--it helped me make my decision! I'm also grateful to my department for being cautious. Our county has had several cases, including of unknown origin (community spread), and for those of us who care for elderly relatives, it's a relief to be part of a department that takes this virus seriously. As one of my professors said, even if we personally are not in a high-risk group, we need to take precautions because of the vulnerable populations with whom we come into contact who cannot effectively fight the virus due to lack of resources,
  7. UC Davis has as well and will be teleconferencing. I'm happy to chat with any prospective students about the program. TMP is spot on (as usual), current grads are an excellent resource! Doesn't hurt to ask your POI to put you in touch with some of their students.
  8. Re: canceled recruitment visits Many airlines are being more understanding than usual about canceled trips and will at least let you transfer what you paid to another trip. I've received emails from United indicating they'll change tickets booked through March 31st for free for 12 months.
  9. The way I see it, your option is to contact the university, say you'd love to attend but would only be able to do so with funding, and hope they offer it to you. The worst they can say is no.
  10. This is my experience, too (my research pulls a bit from political science literature). I do think if a person's research involves quantitative methods, they can make a case for experience in political science preparing them, but this doesn't seem to be the case for OP.
  11. Every applicant should have a reasonably well-defined dissertation proposal (it's not something you'll be married to, my dissertation has changed in both small and big ways every year I've been in grad school. Programs want to see that applicants get what a history PhD is about and how to formulate a proposal, engage with historiography, have some sense of methodology). What you have to do is prove you're ready to take the leap into history after being in a PoliSci PhD for a year, or more if you plan on getting a Master's before making the switch. I think @TMP's suggestion to take a historiogr
  12. There are a few things you should do to make the switch (and I'm sure other people will chime in with more): 1. You need to have a well-fleshed out dissertation proposal and strong grasp of the historiography required to execute it, as well as exhibit understanding of historical research methods. Your interests are many and broad, so figure out how they coalesce into a narrow enough dissertation that makes a compelling intervention in that historiography. 2. You need to think about how your experience in political science (specific classes/research/readings) can be leveraged. How wou
  13. Have you received any other, better funded offers? When I was negotiating, I mentioned a funding offer at a higher ranked program and the program I currently attend offered me a fellowship. If your first choice is higher ranked/more prestigious, you could send an email to the program you're leaning toward and basically say you're choosing between the two and your decision would be easier if you received X (summer funding? other incentives?). You could also email your top choice and let them know you received a funded offer from the other program, but reiterate that they are your top choice and
  14. Doesn't seem like it according to this: https://academicjobs.wikia.org/wiki/Dissertation_Fellowships_2020-2021
  15. On funding: I encourage EVERYONE to start researching different funding opportunities and when you are eligible for them as soon as possible. I started doing so in my first year, but I wish I had done it the summer before I started my program just to get ahead. Make a spreadsheet or some other organizing document with the opportunity, required materials, pre/post-ABD/completion fellowship/grant/travel grant, due date, link to the website etc. I organize mine by phase/year, so pre-ABD, 4th year, 5th year, completion, post-docs. Add as you find more, subtract as your project changes. It he
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