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Tigla last won the day on September 10 2018

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  1. They should send you a rejection letter if you aren't accepted off the waitlist. I would not expect a personal email, but some programs might send you one.
  2. For those of you reaching out to students of professors, try your best to get a range of years. Someone finishing their dissertation is going to have a radically different view of a professor as a mentor compared to a current first or second year, especially since most departments are in the midst of "redefining what it means to do a PhD in History." As noted earlier, offer to call the student if you want them to be a bit more candid. Politics are a real thing in grad school and it is best to start learning how to play / avoid the game.
  3. Congrats! It is an amazing opportunity. I don't mean to be a wet blanket, but funding is extremely hard to come by for foreign nationals outside of the Commonwealth in the UK system. I had a fully funded PhD with a TAship and stipend offer 2 years ago, but it was pulled when the university admin realized their "legal responsibility" under the "new UK immigration law" after Brexit. To preempt this issue, I would immediately start looking for American sources of funding. Check out the Marshall Scholarships if their application window is open.
  4. I would genuinely be interested to know if departments are starting to give feedback to rejections. It sounds like a huge amount of work that professors might not be willing to take on. *stares in grad student*
  5. That's very much the case. I used to be on the f- Sigaba crowd due to the sheer brutality of some of their comments. I will say, though, that their comments are not far off from reality and actually hinge on polite. Maybe some ancedotal evidence will help. (probs not) Anyways, I'm currently a union rep for my department and have frayed a ton of relationships with faculty due to my role as a labor organizer. In fact, my secondary advisor has all but stopped talking to me and begun spreading rumors about me to other faculty. Now, I receive all kinds of looks from faculty and have a general sense of mistrust, which is fair since I had to drop a couple of hammers last semester. Anywho...Sigaba can and often does verge on the polite-asshole line, but my advice would be to learn to hear the advice out of those type of comments. You are not going to be treated well in grad school and you need to learn how to handle that reality while still holding true to yourself and advancing in your degree. I wish you all the best in the coming weeks. If anyone needs to vent (good or bad) over the next couple of weeks, feel free to PM me. TLDR: telling a professor to pound rocks might feel good, but will not be worth it in the end. Keep trucking along!
  6. @KiraBerl and @histori041512, recruitment weekend is being organized right now for the beginning of March, so people should be receiving something soon. I'm not sure the exact time, but expect something soon.
  7. Michigan does not interview. It is a department policy.
  8. I'll share my thoughts on the program, but always via PM. As for the reddit link...yeah...it hits a lot of issues, but also misses a lot of solutions.
  9. On the interview aspect, which has been hammered to death by great advice, I'm attending a program that did not interview anyone. I interviewed at 2 other schools and got rejected from both. One POI that I interviewed with said that he interviews all students who want to work with him as a primary adviser. Meanwhile, another POI said he only interviews his top 2 choices. As a marker of acceptance/wait-list/rejection, interviews are almost meaningless and one should try hard (I know) to not let a lack or abundance of interviews affect them. I hear Jack and Cokes and Vodka Teas are a great way to minimize sweating over apps.
  10. Do you want to work specifically on refugees and migration? If you need to write a thesis and that is your topic, then I don't see a problem with the program as long as you can "justify" it to people outside of your area of study.
  11. I cannot be 100% sure since I'm in a different department, but Philosophy is under the LSA College and Rackham Graduate School. This means that the department needs to adhere to the basic funding structure set up by both administrative institutions. There will be differences between the departments. For example, I receive an award and slightly larger stipend than my friends in the German department. However, these differences are going to be extremely small and dependent on the department since the rules set by LSA College and Rackham Graduate School are collectively bargained for every 3 years by a graduate student union.
  12. Your funding should not be attached to any GRE score. Funding at UM comes from two main sources, either Rackham Graduate School through the Rackham Merit Fellowship or through the department and its fellowship. From my experience, the initial funding package is not competitive at UM. There is a standard package that is based on Rackham's figures and the department's ability to pay. If you want to apply for extra funding (year 2 onwards) then funding becomes competitive, but it is based on different requirements (recommendation letters, prospectus, interview, etc.).
  13. The general rule I was taught is to always translate everything into the language you are writing in and then provide the original in the footnote. In your case, I would translate to English and footnote the original.
  14. What is your region/theme (other than power relations) that you want to study? What is your time frame? How do you want to study power relations? Do you have a specific area that you want to focus on, such as the global economy, the household, political movements, ideas and their "spread," and many more? If you give us a bit more info, then we can help you narrow your search further.
  15. I studied at FU and can speak a bit about the university. For starters, grades are the determinant factor in the German system. You will not get the chance to elaborate or explain parts of your application. This is great for students who have the grades that many Ivy and top-tier applicants, but lack the name recognition that is almost required in the American system. Beyond the application, you need to be extremely careful with applying to an English language program at a German university without B2 or C1 German skills. The program might sell itself as an English only degree, but the reality is vastly different. Most programs at FU and HU require some knowledge of German to complete the degree, especially if you study anything other than American or British topics.
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