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    PhD Sociocultural Anthropology

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  1. Our recruitment/interview weekend for prospective students will take place next weekend. I don't have any concrete info on who has been invited but usually 8-10 people come for the visit, with invites going out ~2 weeks prior to the visit date. With that said, most but not all people who end up getting admitted get invited to the visiting weekend, and I even know at least one person who was admitted late in a cycle without any prior contact from the department after submitting their application.
  2. Yeah, it's pretty common. I just spent the last 6 weeks taking courses in an indigenous language while doing preliminary fieldwork. In fact, my department encourages PhD students to use the summer in between 1st and 2nd year to learn a new language that will help with fieldwork.
  3. You have a strong CV - VISTA and Peace Corps will look especially good to anthro programs. You don't need publications or a Master's thesis to get into PhD programs, but you will need to be more specific about a potential research topic - geographic region, especially. If you have the money for it, I would suggest applying to a mix of PhDs and MAs. You'll probably get some PhD offers, but a Master's might be a good route as well in terms of honing your research topic. This comes with a giant caveat - only do a Master's if you get funding! I'm not sure which programs have funding available
  4. I've been in my program for a year and I'm still expecting this to happen!
  5. I can't speak to other people's experiences, but after I accepted my offer last year I got a quick note - maybe two sentences - from my DGS confirming that they had seen my acceptance and were looking forward to seeing me in the Fall. I didn't hear anything else from them until mid-June, which is when they sent along a giant packet with orientation information, insurance/tax forms, my first TA assignment, etc.
  6. @EvelynD Congrats, Washington State is a great program. Have fun in the PNW!
  7. @Bschaefer Congrats! Amazing program, awesome location, and of course I'm super jealous that you get to collaborate with the Field Museum!
  8. @Bschaefer @EvelynD So happy this cycle worked out for both of you! Which programs did y'all end up choosing?
  9. From what I've heard, UVA has sent out a few offers - at least one each for linguistics and archaeology. I've also heard that at least one of the sociocultural folks from the visit got an offer, so @AnthroScout if you haven't heard by now you're probably on the waitlist. It might be worth checking in with the department at this point to ask about your status and reiterate your interest in the program.
  10. @GameofLoans16 If you applied to MAs this cycle, then funding should be your top priority.
  11. Congratulations! I'm so happy things have worked out for you this cycle!
  12. Don't take out loans for grad school, especially if it's for a PhD program! However, it might be worth talking to the department to see if they can scrounge up any more money before moving on to another offer.
  13. Hi! I'm currently a PhD student at UVA, and while I'm not sure about when interview invitations are going out, I can tell you that our recruitment weekend for finalists will be going on February 22-24. When I applied to the program, the process went like this: I participated in a phone interview during the first week of February letting me know I was a semifinalist, and was notified shortly thereafter that I was a finalist and invited to the recruitment weekend. The recruitment weekend is an event where ~10 finalists spend three days in Charlottesville living with current grad students, int
  14. There's a reason many people take two cycles to find a decent offer - there's lots of competition, especially for programs that fully fund all their students. When I applied last year, the DGS at the program I ended up at told me they received about 75 applications. They accepted six people, and we ended up with a cohort of four people. Ultimately, I think it's best not to think about the numbers game and just try to control what you can control. You will get the right offer if you keep at it!
  15. Looking over my spreadsheet from last year, it looks like UC San Diego is due January 3, Rice is due January 15. Also, Vanderbilt doesn't have an application fee!
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