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  1. And by religious studies do they mean the committee on the study of religion?
  2. Worst thing is, I live in another time zone and I wake up twice at night to check! 😂 looking forward to a good night’s sleep.
  3. You are most welcome. It's my first time, too, and it's such an opaque process. One needs all the advice one can get!
  4. In my case, the questions on the writing sample were always regarding how it connects to my interest in pursuing further doctoral research. In one interview, three people from the religious studies department interviewed me at the same time (all with different areas of expertise). It was a quick 20 minute interview and it began with "tell us about your research interests." Unfortunately, I did not prep to answer the question so I stumbled my way through it. I was accepted to the program and the faculty said my interview was excellent. Perhaps I am too critical. Regardless, what I do know
  5. My bet is we will likely hear mid-week. It wouldn't make sense for them not to just tell us on Friday if they were going to wait until Monday. Haha...this is my anxiety logic.
  6. Yes, I was referring to the PhD programs.
  7. I’m with you all on this. Waiting to hear from Harvard (Committee), Chicago (Divinity), and Yale (Religious Studies). All three schools let people know either exactly today or close to today last year. I’m hoping at least one of the three says something—anything! The wait is actually quite a bit worse with gradcafe because I’m now expecting something today while in reality a response is not at all guaranteed!
  8. Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this (question is coming from an Islamic studies applicant): what's the difference between religious studies programs and NELC? For example, I applied to chicago divinity and there's also NELC. Same with Harvard's Committee on the Study of Religion and NELC. Is one more prestigious? Does one lead to better jobs? Does it matter?
  9. Thank you, @avidnote. I don't think I'll be facing any political trouble going to and fro from the Middle East to the US because I'm not Middle Eastern (I just grew up there). But I agree that UK/Europe would have been a good option. Europe's proximity to the Middle East creates greater ability to travel back home. Alas, I chose not to apply there because I prefer the American PhD model (2-3 years of coursework, then 2-3 years of dissertation writing) and I have done much of my schooling there already. Moreover, as I have no familial ties to Europe, the thought of studying there didn't really
  10. @gls2814, thank you kindly for your response. I read it out to my family (we are trying to navigate this situation together) and we all agreed that your response read as if you were one of my closest friends, giving balanced advice. Often I find that my American friends tend to stress "follow your dreams," and my international friends stress family cohesion (with exceptions). As I am a child of both worlds, it's always confusing to hear such differences in opinion. But all your questions call for further introspection. In particular, I will need to reflect on whether I may feel resentment
  11. Hey, I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on how to think through this dilemma: I applied for PhD programs this Fall. I've heard back from 2 of the 5 schools I applied to, and I got accepted at both (one of which is a top 3 school in my area of studies). So, it's safe to say I have good options in front of me. I'm excited about the prospects. My family (parents, siblings, extended clan) all live in the Middle East. I've lived away in the US for the past 6 years, while pursuing undergrad and a master's degree, and only moved back 7 months ago. If I choose to pursue a PhD, that woul
  12. Yale (Religious Studies) does interview. I had an interview a few days ago. I cannot claim they interview everyone they are interested in, but that's not to say they do not interview.
  13. 'Twas me, and thank you, but I continue to hold my breath. I applied for Islamic Studies. Do not worry (too much) if you have not yet been contacted. From what I have gathered from their website, initially each subfield works independently. Wishing you all the best.
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