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high_hopes

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About high_hopes

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  • Location
    Canada
  • Application Season
    2017 Fall
  • Program
    Sociology

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  1. high_hopes

    Admission letter was a "mistake"

    That is very frustrating! I am sorry you have had to experience this -- waiting for admission results is stressful enough, and when there are problems or incorrect information it is much worse. Can you ask them when your corrected MA admissions letter will be sent?
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    The Positivity Thread

    Congratulations! I am sure you will pass!
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    Fellowship replacement when new fellowship is lower?

    I think generally universities with these types of policies will pay the difference in funding if you receive an external award that is below their own guaranteed funding level. So in your example they would provide $11k - as the difference between $35k (guaranteed) and $24k (received externally). This might reduce the amount of TA or RA hours you are expected to complete if that was part of your funding offer.
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    Interviews/Acceptances/Rejections Fall 2019

    I think generally universities with these types of policies will pay the difference in funding if you receive an external award that is below their own guaranteed funding level. So in your example they would provide $11k - as the difference between $35k (guaranteed) and $24k (received externally). This might reduce the amount of TA or RA hours you are expected to complete if that was part of your funding offer.
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    cost of living grant?

    Ask if you can talk to some grad students currently in the program about how they make ends meet. If you live with someone your expenses will go down. Taking on debt to complete a PhD is not a good idea.
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    Question about funding option

    I strongly recommend asking to talk to other international students at these universities about their funding packages. My experience has been that RA and TA positions can vary widely in the number of hours of expected work, but each university should have some baseline figures on what is required. (For example, perhaps you would be required to TA or RA in both fall and winter semesters at the university where you need to do it for 3 years, but only one semester a year for the university where you have responsibilities for all five years. Or the hours expected might be very different.) Also, at times, some universities will match the offers from other places.
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    Recruitment Weekend Etiquette

    It is fine to not go, but going can be very helpful in deciding where you want to get your PhD if you have been accepted to multiple schools. With that said, if you already know you are not going to seriously consider a program, it is better to decline than to attend a recruitment weekend only to make it clear while there that you have a better offer that you are already planning to take.
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    Vancouver, BC

    I think money and comfort are very important aspects. I would just investigate what your partner's job prospects are in both locations and the ease of getting a work permit. And then also consider the overall strength of the programs compared. It is not an easy decision! Good luck!
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    Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver is expensive, but people do make it work on limited budgets. Which campus of SFU will you be at? You might not need a car; there are public transit options. You can also bike! It is true that often Canadian universities do not have strong or competitive funding for international students and if you have better offers in the US you may want to consider them. However, will your partner be working? This could supplement your income and help pay for rent. I am not an expert, but it may be easier for your partner to find work in Canada than in the US. I recommend asking other students in the program you are in what they do for housing options. If you mention your needs upfront they can give you some advice.
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    How Long To Wait?

    Sometimes universities will match offers you receive elsewhere. So I would wait until you hear back from the other schools. If you have a decent guaranteed funding package somewhere else, you could ask this school if they will match it. I would be very hesitant to agree to do a PhD without multiple years of guaranteed funding.
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    What excites you about your research?

    I'm in the second-year of my PhD program, and starting to work on my dissertation proposal in more detail while finishing up my coursework. I am very excited about the prospect about digging in more to a question I find fascinating to really understand what is going on and hopefully write and publish some articles related to the social phenomenon I am studying!
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    Personal Website?

    You should be able to buy a domain name for less than $20. It doesn't have to be your full legal name -- it could be anything similar - perhaps an initial and a name, just your last name, or part of your name and the letters SOC for sociology or something. Hosting it for free on wix.com or wordpress.com or a similar server would also definitely be fine. Otherwise if you want to pay to not have any advertisements it should also be less than $5 a month. With all that said, I don't have a website. I might make one when I'm in the later years of my PhD program when I'm doing full-time research or looking for academic jobs. I don't think it makes a big difference to have one.
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    NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship 2019-2020

    Nope, I didn't apply. I'm in the social sciences and still working on my PhD. Good luck, I hope you end up receiving the award!
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    NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship 2019-2020

    I think you should be able to email NSERC to ask where you are on the shortlist?
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    Self-funding for a summer?

    If self-funding is your best option, don't feel bad about taking it. However, having a clear conversation with your advisor about long-term funding expectations is probably a good idea. You do not want to incur debt or destroy all savings you have as you pursue your PhD unless you are super-confident you will obtain a job that pays well once you are done. I'm guessing that the prospect of a good job after graduation is more likely in computer science than my discipline (sociology) so it might be a risk worth taking for you.
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