Jump to content

archimon

Members
  • Content Count

    23
  • Joined

  • Last visited

1 Follower

About archimon

  • Rank
    Decaf

Profile Information

  • Location
    New York, NY
  • Interests
    Chinese History
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
  • Program
    EALAC

Recent Profile Visitors

892 profile views
  1. archimon

    EALC 2018

    Thanks!
  2. archimon

    EALC 2018

    Hey! I received some very helpful advice earlier in this thread, so I figure that I should follow up and let everyone know how my cycle turned out. Ultimately, despite being told by my advisor that they "really wanted me to come," I was rejected outright at RSEA. At Columbia, my advisor had asked that I be admitted to the Ph.D. program, but, as he had a number of Ph.D. students already, had a fairly weak hand in the committee. I was eventually admitted to Columbia's EALAC M.A. program with a generous funding package (half-tuition + a $30,000 stipend), and will be heading to New York in the fall. Is anyone else here headed to Columbia?
  3. archimon

    Columbia University 2018

    Ah, I see. What do you hope to do after the program? Are you looking to do FLAS for a full year or just a summer? Roughly, I work on the social and intellectual history of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) - in the past my work has largely focused on the history of the family and kinship organization. I haven't, but I've never been particularly interested in religion, so that says nothing about the program - it may well be quite well-known/regarded. According to this page (https://gsas.columbia.edu/student-guide/financing-your-education/flas-fellowship-academic-year), it looks as though FLAS is only available to a subset of GSAS students.
  4. archimon

    Columbia University 2018

    Are you referring to FLAS?
  5. archimon

    Columbia University 2018

    I am planning to do a Ph.D., but I was told by my advisor that the committee wanted to be sure that my language skills were adequate before admitting me to the Ph.D. program (my writing sample didn't use any untranslated sources, though I took a gap year to study Chinese in Taipei to cap off the four years of Chinese I did as an undergrad, so I should be mostly good to go on that front I hope!). How about you? Are you planning to stick around for a Ph.D.? I didn't apply to FLAS, but I wouldn't really be able to use it for Chinese, and I'm planning to start learning Japanese once I get to Columbia - I'll likely try next cycle for Japanese, though I'm not sure if FLAS provides enough money to make that affordable - we'll see! Do you have any background with Hindi? Congrats! I did get a merit scholarship! Mine covers half-tuition and gives me a $30,000 stipend to live off of, so the offer was quite generous - it seems to be extremely rare for EALAC to fund M.A. students, so I'm very grateful to have gotten what I did.
  6. archimon

    Columbia University 2018

    Hey! I did! I'll be starting my M.A. in EALAC this fall. I've already got my uni and such set up, and am currently waiting to hear back regarding my housing application. What are you planning to do for housing?
  7. archimon

    EALC 2018

    Do you know if he received funding?
  8. archimon

    EALC 2018

    @AnUglyBoringNerd Do you have any idea whether Columbia interviews all of its finalists? I received an email from my POI in January stating that he would support my application, but I was not interviewed and haven't heard anything since.
  9. archimon

    Am I aimming to high?

    I know the person you're referring to, and he was not in a Ph.D. program at Columbia, but rather the terminal M.A. program.
  10. archimon

    EALC 2018

    Hey - is anyone here among those posting interviews for Columbia? Can you clarify who the interview is with/what your research interests are? Do you have any idea if all applicants being seriously considered for admission are being interviewed? My POI wrote me a very positive email a few days back, but I've not heard anything about an interview.
  11. archimon

    EALC 2018

    Thanks for the reply! I applied to the Ph.D. only because it seemed like there was nothing to lose - they generally redirect your application if you are a good fit for the school anyway. I am definitely aware that I need to work on language skills/deepen my competency as a research in the discipline (especially when it comes to working with Classical Chinese primary sources - my research interests are Song/Yuan/Ming social/cultural history), and their email to me seemed to imply that it was language skills that they were most concerned about. I suspect an MA would help quite a bit with this. Has anyone here done the Harvard A.M.? I'm quite interested in learning about what sorts of funding opportunities are available for foreign language study - I'd definitely like to get to work on Japanese as a masters student.
  12. archimon

    EALC 2018

    Just to let others that applied to HEAL know: I applied and was told on the 17th (of January) that I would not be accepted to the Ph.D., but that my application would be redirected to the RSEA M.A. program. Also, my POI said that they "really want you [i.e., me] to come here" - does this mean anything at this stage? Should I expect an acceptance?
  13. I'd certainly be interested to hear if you receive funding! Seems like funded MA programs are difficult to come by. Anyway, my impressions has been that my modern Mandarin is actually not good enough yet, and certainly not good enough for a Ph.D. program to take me with funding. You're quite right to point out that Classical Chinese is the most obvious deficiency I face at the moment, but I would actually be working on classical and modern Chinese simultaneously in Taiwan, so that doesn't really seem to be a reason to go for an MA first. Edit: I've actually never taken the HSK, but I'd guess probably between HSK 4 and 5.
  14. archimon

    How Best to Pursue a Ph.D. in Chinese History

    What is the likelihood of getting funding for a MA were I to go to ICLP and apply to Ph.D. and MA programs simultaneously? It seems a lot to do to substantially work with untranslated sources after only a few further months of training -my Classical Chinese isn't awful, but it's not really there yet, and it'll need more than just one quarter of classes to get there. I do have leads on some potential sources that speak to my topic, but I wouldn't fundamentally change the arguments of my thesis, I think, but flesh them out somewhat with these sources. Would that be sufficient? I'm hesitant to spend money on ICLP with the hopes of boosting my application, only to be left with no funded options for the year after - a paid MA is basically out of the question for me. How many of the students you know in the program had theses incorporating sources in the way that you describe? How many already had completed MAs before applying? I want to have a decent sense of how much of a chance I have/how much of a crapshoot this may end up being before committing financially to anything. I understand this whole endeavor entails some degree of risk, but I may pursue something else now and cut my losses if I have a very good chance of being left with no path forward in the next application cycle that doesn't include spending money. Taking a year off to reapply might be feasible, but it's certainly not something I'm certain I can take, or that I'm certain would be helpful.
  15. archimon

    How Best to Pursue a Ph.D. in Chinese History

    Thanks - this is extremely helpful, and largely confirms the conclusions I had come to before writing the post. It’s great to have a second opinion. I’ve sent emails to a number of professors that I’ve worked with at Rutgers asking for their two cents as well. As to my thesis, I’d like your help understanding my position. I am, indeed, writing it using primary sources from the period, but the sources I am using have been translated into English by earlier scholars. My central source is the 袁氏世範 (Mr. Yuan’s Precepts for Social Life), written by the S. Sòng official Yuán Cǎi 袁采, which was translated by Patricia Ebrey back in the 80’s. I’m also using the 清明集 (The Enlightened Judgements). In addition to these sources, I’ve taken quotes here and there from my secondary sources, and so, while I’m nowhere close to using as many primary/Chinese sources as I’d like, what I’m doing is certainly more than just a review of literature. While I’m currently relying on translations, if it would help, I see no reason why I couldn’t simply retranslate the sections I’ve chosen to quote once my classical Chinese has improved a bit. Currently, one of my recommenders is actually a linguist, but I've worked with him on a research project that he is working on (a translation of an academic book written in modern Chinese with Classical Chinese quotations scattered throughout), studied abroad under his tutelage my freshman year, and took a semester of Classical Chinese with him. My second reader isn't even tenured, so, currently, only one of my recommenders (my primary advisor, Sukhee Lee - you may know him/know of him, as he graduated from the program you're attending a few years back) will be familiar with my thesis/writing sample.
×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.