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  1. Economy goes down, applications to grad school go up. Also, since several grad programs are not accepting applications, the number of programs that you can apply to is lower. It's thus not too surprising that the programs accepting applications will see an increase in applications.
  2. Both @PolPhil and @Marcus_Aureliusmake some very good points here. I would add one thing though: I suspect the relative financial security of being a Ph.D. student is going to look a lot different for single people than it is for partnered people/people looking to start a family, as well as the relative long-term desirability of either of those two life trajectories. As a single person with a high stipend in a relatively low-cost area, who has access to extra funding in different forms (who also entered grad school without debt, but has been financially independent for a while), I'm
  3. I generally agree with what @Marcus_Aurelius says above, but I do wonder about this claim. Certainly there are such people, I'm just curious how large such a population really is. I like to think I wouldn't be devastated if I fail to get a tenure-track job when this is all done, but if I'm being honest, I'm not really sure that's true, despite my deep ambivalences about academia. The culture of Ph.D. programs is such that it often encourages one to think that a tenure-track job is the only metric of success, and this sort of thinking is, in my own experience at least, very hard to combat.
  4. Since I think it was me that used that phrase: the criterion I was referring to was funding. If a Ph.D. program does not provide tuition remission and a *livable* stiped, then it's not worth attending. This is both because a graduate degree in the humanities is a poor financial investment (a tenure-track job in philosophy is hard to come by and that's probably getting worse; a Ph.D. in philosophy doesn't adequately prepare you for other lines of work; and even if you do get a job as a philosophy professor, it probably won't pay enough to make paying off years worth of student loans an easy fea
  5. I think "there are no safety schools" should be understood as "there are no safety schools among the programs worth attending." With a funding structure like that (not to mention that I'm not sure I've ever heard of anyone talk about Dallas's PhD program in philosophy), I'd be inclined to say it falls in the category of programs not worth attending.
  6. This metric would seem to be a better representation of ones odd of getting admitted to any given program (which I take to be the general question here) and is the way the term acceptances rates is used by most institutions I'm aware of. If an undergraduate college says they have a 20% acceptance rate that means 20% of the people who apply are offered admission regardless of whether they matriculate.
  7. You're certainly right that it is extremely competitive to get into a Ph.D. program in philosophy, but for the sake of accuracy, I do want to ask how you got these statistics. It sort of looks like you divided the incoming cohort by the number of applicants, but that assumes a 100% matriculation rate among those accepted, which I suspect for most programs (even the very top programs) is probably not quite accurate. Yale, for instance, has its statistics online. In 2019 they admitted 12 out of 333 applicants, but only 5 matriculated. That's a 3.6% acceptance rate. Still very low, but somew
  8. Unfortunately, I suspect this is our future: https://theithacan.org/news/ic-to-cut-130-faculty-positions-due-to-low-enrollment/
  9. Not to be a contrarian, but many universities that have both a law school and a graduate school do have some sort of an option for a Ph.D./J.D. dual degree program. That being said, the degree to which this is ad hoc and the fields one is allowed to pursue for the Ph.D. vary. Schools seem generally more open to a J.D. in conjunction with a Ph.D. in philosophy, political science, or economics (see NYU: https://www.law.nyu.edu/jdadmissions/dualdegreeprograms/jdma). I don't see many schools that really have a pathway for doing an English Ph.D. in tandem with a law degree.
  10. Find books and articles on the topic. Keep a list of the authors, and figure out where they're at, who their advisors were, and who their advisees are, and where they're all at. Then read the bibliographies and acknowledgements pages, trace down those works and authors and repeat the process. Once you get to the point when the relevant books and articles being cited are by people you've already looked into, you're starting to come full circle and should have a decent idea of who's who in the field.
  11. I don't know if it matters that much, but I would agree with this, especially since endnotes are evil and should be avoided, so footnotes would naturally contribute to the length of the paper.
  12. The writing sample is by far the single most important part of your application. Everything else is secondary. Whether the CV, or the personal statement, or your transcript, or your letters of rec are going to matter more is going to vary widely depending on who's reading your application. That being said, admissions committees will often decide how closely they're going to read your writing sample based on the quality of your other materials.....
  13. How's your German? You might find more Germanists interested in this sort of a project than people in English departments. Alternatively, you might look at grad programs in English departments in Germany (typically taught in English) where the profs are more likely to have a solid background in German philosophy/literary history.
  14. I'm not in a comparative literature department, and I didn't get into any when I applied, so I'm probably not the best person to answer this question. Furthermore I think the culture between comparative literature departments differs dramatically from institution to institution. This is true of all disciplines, but is perhaps particularly pertinent in this case. With those caveats, my perception is that comparative literature departments have become the home for scholars working primarily in national/linguistic traditions that don't otherwise have their own department on campus or whose w
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