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amripley

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    Halifax, NS, Canada
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    2017 Fall
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    Political Science, PhD

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  1. I have applied to UBC, McGill, and U of T (my undergraduate Alma Mater) for IR/IPE. I might fire off an application to the Basillie School at UW before their deadline on Sunday. Good luck everyone!
  2. The Balsillie School programme is interesting -- definitely a bit unconventional, but extraordinarily well resourced and supported by some top-flight faculty. Waterloo the city is a bit of a snooze (grew up there, pretty suburban), but academic life in town could be lively and pretty fulfilling intellectually. Because the school is so new (est. 2007) it's hard to say what their placement record looks life. My understanding is that they gear their grads to policy/NGO/business careers rather than TT jobs, and that their alums are accordingly quite successful in those areas. Again, unconventional
  3. Your profile is impressive. Obviously admissions panels must take many factors into account, but I don't think you'll have any difficulty getting acceptances at most of the schools on your list. I'm surprised you're not considering McGill, UBC, or the Balsillie School in Waterloo -- they all have strong programs and faculty interested in your field.
  4. Can't speak to the US, but in Canada, any portion of the stipend that comes from regular wages (TA ships, etc) will be taxed (albeit at a very low rate), while fellowships/scholarships/bursaries are not taxed. For holders of really big awards, this is a huge boon. A $20,000+ SSHRC award would put most people up a tax bracket or two, so not having that count toward your total is definitely nice. Either way, the fact that tuition, ancillary fees, and textbooks are all (partially) tax deductible means that most graduate students will be getting their payroll tax back -- and then some.
  5. I'd like to get some thoughts on this -- hopefully now that the boards are heating up a bit people can comment!
  6. I'd like to get some thoughts on this -- hopefully now that the boards are heating up a bit people can comment!
  7. Now that the forums are heating up again, does anyone have more to say on this?
  8. As per their 2014 Senate Review, " Starting with the entering class of 2013-14, we now provide commitments of full funding for five years as well as two (or three) summers to all admitted students. The rationale behind this is that it is no longer realistic to recruit students without funding, if we are to continue to be competitive with peer institutions. While it has always been the case that our program does not successfully compete in attracting graduate students who are admitted to the country’s very top departments (Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, etc.), the institutions which wit
  9. @Penelope Higgins So it seems; that wasn't immediately obvious on the Department's website. Penn's still of interest, however.
  10. @PizzaCat93 Thanks for the insight. So you're saying that UNC fully funds (e.g. tuition + ) everyone it brings in?
  11. I'm a prospective applicant to the PhD program in the Department of Political Science at UVa. My focus is in the IPE arena, and I'm interested in working with Herman Schwartz or Sonal Pandya. I'd like to hear from a current student or recent graduate of the program about funding opportunities, RA, TA, and fellowship opportunities within the Department, student engagement with faculty, and perceptions of faculty overall. Is the general feeling that PhD students are well supported throughout their time at UVa? Side-comments about living in Charlottesville are also appreciated! Please feel free t
  12. I'm a prospective applicant to the PhD program in Political Science at USC. My focus is in the IPE arena, and I'm interested in working with Ben Graham or Jonathan Aronson. I'd like to hear from a current student or recent graduate of the program about funding packages, RA, TA, and fellowship opportunities within the program, student engagement with faculty, and perceptions of faculty overall. Is the general feeling that PhD students are well supported throughout their time at USC? Any general reflections on the quality of the program? Side-comments about living in South Central LA are also ap
  13. I'm a prospective applicant to the PhD program in the Department of Political Science at UPenn. My focus is in the IPE arena, and I'm interested in working with Julia Gray, Jennifer Amyx, or Edward Mansfield. I'd like to hear from a current student or recent graduate of the program about funding opportunities, RA, TA, and fellowship opportunities within the Department, student engagement with faculty, and perceptions of faculty overall. Is the general feeling that PhD students are well supported throughout their time at Penn? Side-comments about living in Philly are also appreciated. Feel free
  14. I'm a prospective applicant to the PhD program in the Department of Political Science at UCLA. My focus is in the IPE arena, and I'm interested in working with Michael Ross (amongst others). I'd like to hear from a current student or recent graduate of the program about funding opportunities (is the program fully funded? is there competition for funding between students? I've heard differing reports on this, and the truth isn't immediately clear from UCLA's website...), RA, TA, and fellowship opportunities within the Department, student engagement with faculty, and perceptions of faculty overa
  15. I'm a prospective applicant to the PhD program in Political Science at NYU. My focus is in the IPE arena, and I'm interested in working with Shanker Satyanath, Peter Rosendorff, or Eric Dickson. I'd like to hear from a current student or recent graduate of the program about funding opportunities (they seem generous), RA, TA, and fellowship opportunities within the program, student engagement with faculty, and perceptions of faculty overall. Is the general feeling that PhD students are well supported throughout their time at NYU? Side-comments about living in Manhattan (or maybe Brooklyn, more
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