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  1. In the humanities, you should see conference papers as work in progress. Plan to publish those papers at some point. Publications weigh more in your CV. However, if you get to the job market without any presentation, that will look suspicious as conferences are spaces for networking, discussion, and collaboration.
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    Deadline for Recommendation Letters

    Schools don't have all the same requirements, meeting times, timelines. So yes, if you want to know until when faculty have time to submit, you'll to contact them individually. That said, if the deadlines has passed/is drawing closer, I wouldn't bother schools. Instead, I would send a reminder to your letter writers. I had a letter writer that did not write ANY of my letters. Fortunately, I had another one in line so I had options. Remember people are writing letters for you, other students, faculty, colleagues... be patient. And good luck!
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    PhD A or PhD B?

    I am assuming that you haven't applied to either yet so you haven't been accepted to either? When your offer is in hand, you might want to consider: Prestige: I don't agree with the way you are reading it. Prestige is not the amount of resources/support that you have, prestige is the idea others have of your school/program based on other people. It is *highly* subjective and you cannot control who thinks what. Since it looks they are roughly the same, it is also useless to use this as a point for comparison. Advisors: what are the pros and cons of working with the same people? How can you benefit from being exposed to other faculty? What type of mentorship would you get in each place? What type of mentoring support would you get? Interdisciplinarity: I didn't understand what you meant by 'joint PhD'. I know this exists in some schools, but I don't understand how you would benefit from it if it is not 100% what you want to do (because otherwise we wouldn't be having this conversation). I you do want a joint PhD, then go and get one! Certainly, this would outweigh everything else. I do encourage you to speak to people that have that degree. Research: it looks you have a research in mind and are worried that at Program B you wouldn't be able to stick to it as much. Bear in mind that seldom do we stick to our plans. Be honest with yourself about how important this exact plan is to you. The way you put it, it looks that you are invested in this project but a more interdisciplinary program would make it more difficult to carry out that research as is. What if, as part of your doctoral program, your project changes from being exposed to other theories, scholarship, and disciplines and becomes even more interesting? Not sticking to a plan that you designed during your MA could be a good thing. Similarly, what are the benefits from doing a project in one discipline (not joint)? Teaching load: I understand you want to gain classroom experience, but also you don't want to drown in it. Are you aware of the precise teaching responsibilities in each program? Other requirements: What other requirements do you need to fulfill and when? (Languages, training, ethics, TAing, internships, etc). Other opportunities: Are you aware of other ways in which you could make each program work for you? Are there, say, campus opportunities to present your work, support for conferences, diversity, etc?
  4. The epistemologies and methodologies of both degrees are very different. While you can rely on historical data for your PoliSci project, that doesn't make it a history project, and vice versa. Although you'd be versed in your field –beyond the discipline– to assess and comment on historical and current matters (like I do with issues of Latin America), that does not mean that the PhD will equip you in both disciplines. I second @Sigaba's response that no, you cannot combine a historical PhD-level analysis in a PoliSci dissertation. From what you said, it looks you are approaching this from a student's perspective. This is fine, except it is not helpful for the decision you are trying to make. Instead, think about the job that you want and the degree that you need for that. What skills do you need to develop (further)? Do you need any other skills? If you don't need a PhD, then don't get one. If you think a PhD will benefit you for applying for the type of jobs you want, then do it. Make the decision based on your professional aims (that is, not thinking as a student but thinking like a job candidate) and you'll notice that the question stops being about the the dissertation project and turns out to be about what you want to do in the next six years or so.
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    Questions on GRE and SOP

    I also came from abroad and I aimed for a 5.5 AW score because of the same reason your friend gave you. Regarding the SOP, do you have any colleague already studying in the US? I sent mine to two people from my country who were already in their programs (not history) and they helped a lot. If you know anybody, reach out to them an politely ask them if it would be ok to send them your SOP. I didn't use a service.
  6. In addition to weighing the waiting time for the green card, you should also remember that if you apply and enroll in a program before you get the green card, you will need a visa and you can only get visas abroad. So, there is a cost there too. Make sure you know what type of visa you would need (F1/J1) and the requirements for maintaining them. In addition, take into account how the "transition" would from visa to green card in terms of enrollment and taxes. I've learned the hard way that what might look easy/obvious, is not so much for (any) bureaucracy. I would also contact the International office of the schools you are interested in (if you have any). They are legally prepared to answer your questions.
  7. I agree with what @civitas and @Bschaefer said: they'll use you MA GPA and do not depict your defects. I would add, just to be clear: by no means, absolutely not make excuses for you grades in your SOP. Phrases like: "I had to take...[and my grades came down]", "These courses brought my grades down..." etc don't look good because your are placing the "blame" somewhere else. (I am not saying you are, I'm talking in general). (I certainly did this stuff in my first draft of my SOP) However, phrases like: "I bring to X University a strong background in interdisciplinary approaches to [you theme] with an additional expertise in qualitative methods" sounds REALLY good. 😉
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I was working when I applied for grad school and so one of my recommenders was my boss.
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    2 minute introduction

    In theory, you can teach almost anything! Is this for a teaching-practice class?
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    PhD proposal advice

    I don't understand your situation then. Could you explain?
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    Emailing Graduate Students

    Not only did I e-mailed students when I was applying (some responded, some didn't), but I met one and because of this person I applied to the program I am now. This is my sixth year and I have received e-mails every year, increasingly in the last two. Ask the questions you want to ask. I remember someone asked how it was working with my advisor. I responded and then they responded, "Your response is consistent with the rest of the students". That was weird, I think.
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    PhD proposal advice

    Talk to your advisor. Talk to your advisor. Talk to your advisor. Talk to other students in your department (in my department proposals are defended so by the time I did mine I had read several proposals). The theoretical framework should illustrate your choice for this particular topic. Since you don't provide any information, I'll work with what you gave us. Frame your question within the literature. Who has done what? What have they argued? How does this research help us better answer this question? Frame your methods within the literature. Interviews can look very differently from study to study. Who are you going to interview? What questions are you going to make? Are you going to record these interviews? Do you need IRB approval? How has your field used interviews? How has the literature of your topic used interviews? How will you recollect, store, and process data? Frame your questions beyond your field, if possible. Eg. If you work on migration and you are in polisci, how would your question help other scholars of migrations beyond polisci (anthropologists, for example)? Why would anyone read your research? What's novel about it? Hope this helps.
  13. I still think this misses the whole point of a community forum.
  14. How does amount of posts speak to the quality of what is being discussed?
  15. I agree with @telkanuru As an international student, I had not read ANY of the professors that you should read to apply for grad school. Everything was entirely new to me, including "justifying" myself to the people. The purpose of the SoP is that you explain who you are, the questions that you have, why those questions are interesting, and how do you think you may answer them in X program. The default "response" to the last bit is that by studying under Dr. Y, you'll shed light into questions of [insert]. I think you should exploit the fact that your story "lacks" the cliché "I've always been passionate about literature". Your story is interesting because it is not a conventional narrative. You come to this field bearing questions that are not limited to the field. That's what we, as humanists, want to do: explore questions important to humanity. Onward!

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