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    2018 Spring
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    PhD - Multidisciplinary
  1. Choosing PhD Topic

    Thank you green eyed trombonist for your valuable advice I will sure look into your perspective while searching for programs. I'm now inclined to search & apply to both kinds of programs, & whatever comes to me is good.
  2. Choosing PhD Topic

    Thank you hj for your important advice & recommendations to me... Yes, indeed I realize the immense difficulty in the two projects I want to work with. So I will try as much as I can to find ways to tailor my application papers to the programs' needs, as well as search for most relevant programs (if I don't get accepted to the directly-related programs). I will seek to also email professors & programs' managers to ask them how likely I may get accepted with my background. I didn't mention that my Master's research was on "political cultural change", so wanting to complete my PhD within cultural values, albeit intersecting with other disciplines (e.g. psychology, evolution theory), & using other different methodologies to expand my experiences, is not very irrelevant to my background. I will also try to focus on multi- or inter-disciplinary PhD programs that may have bigger flexibility in approving candidates from different backgrounds! About the children's project (studying their value formation), I already put in my proposal that I'd do it in Iraq, with refugee children there. But I have to add that I'm flexible, 'cause they may have no travel funding, so I can do it with groups of children where the PhD program is. Or do you think this is also not feasible? As for applying for Big History, Evolution Theory, World Systems Theory (as you appreciatedly recommended), Cliodynamics, etc., I realize it's a new emerging field. But I'm getting opposite advice in that, some say because of this, it would be un-realistic & very hard to find a fully-funded PhD program for; while others say that this is actually a good thing, because getting a PhD & specializing in a new field that not many people specialize in, would benefit my future career & research so much! Of course, while searching for programs, I don't limit myself to America only, because I realize that finding a fully-funded PhD abroad is difficult, so I'm expanding the net that I cast: I search for programs all over the world, so as not to limit my chances...
  3. Choosing PhD Topic

    Well, the methodologies are: 1) For studying children's values, the methodology will be ethnographic. I expect it to utilize anthropology & psychological analysis, while I teach the children & examine their value formation. 2) For studying human cultural evolution, the methodology will be different, because it's an examination of the spatially & temporally extensive evolution of human cultural values throughout history & across various regions & cultures. This would be rather in the field of cliodynamics, & will utilize evolution theory & mathematical modeling for socio-historical processes. So the first one is intensive, & the second is extensive... What I'm not sure about is which path needs more training, so I can devote my PhD time for, while postponing the other for later (after PhD)?
  4. School Counseling vs. Mental Health

    Hi inkweaver I salute you for choosing to complete your study in something that you have passion for, even if it's different from your BA specialization. I'm in your same league, as my BA & MS are in political science, & now I want to complete my PhD as interdisciplinary with anthropology, psychology, & cliodynamics. Perhaps I'm not the best to give you advice regarding your question, because I haven't got experience in either school counseling nor clinical mental health. Nevertheless, I'd like to give you some ideas. I think the first thing you may think about is what your passion lies when counseling people (which, I think, is more important than job availability, because loving what you do will greatly relieve the stress & problems that you'll face in your every-day job, THAT is something I definitely know from experience! ). So determine which age group you have passion for counseling: children, adolescents, or adults - whether you like counseling in educational/studying issues or psychological health problems - what group of people would you be more interested in counseling (ex., if you like counseling children, do you prefer regular children, children with mental/psychological problems or gifted children in special education institutions, orphans, refugees, children of different races, etc.), because this will make you focus more on the subjects that you take & the internships & volunteering experience that you apply for (besides schools & clinics, you have options of orphanages, international organizations offering assistance to refugees & displaces people, special education institutions, etc.... the globe is open for your imagination!). Also, you can go to all the above mentioned places, talk to psychologists there, & get their perspective about their work in this place, who they deal with everyday, & what issues they tackle... You have a whole year, so plenty of time to visit some schools, clinics, institutions, & international organizations. If you're still undetermined, you can apply for a brief internship in some of those places to compare the work environment in each. I think it's also important to compare between the courses that each specialization offers, & the research interests of the professors of each specialization, & see which bundle of courses/research are more aligned with the age / group / issues you are more interested in working with in your life. Besides, of course, seeking advice from the career counseling office & the alumni network of the department
  5. Choosing PhD Topic

    Hi everyone I'd like to ask your advice in this superb forum, regarding my hesitation between two specializations in PhD (I'm currently searching for fully-funded PhD programs outside of Egypt! & my Master's was in the field of political science). Generally, I have determined my future research agenda that I will focus on my whole life... & it involves two directions which I will try to interconnect: 1) Researching the impact of expanding children's knowledge paradigm (specifically children dis-attached from stable socialization - preferably in conflict areas, if I'd be able to get funding to go there) through the lens of Big History on their value & identity formation. 2) Researching human cultural evolution within Big History, specifically change of cultural values & identity, & their future directions. I realize that for my PhD, I must focus on one topic/direction only. So I figured that (since I plan to specialize in both tracks in the future), I must focus my PhD on the one that needs more training than the other (to make efficient use of the PhD-provided time & training). So I wonder if anyone knows which of these two directions needs more training? I speculate that the first direction needs training in anthropological & ethnographic research & psychological analysis... while the second direction needs training in mathematical modeling & analysis & cliodynamics... which would you think needs more essential training for the time being, while I can postpone the other to catch up with more easily in post-doc?
  6. Apply for General Scholarships?!!

    Thank you again so much @cowgirlsdontcry & @TakeruK for your detailed advice... You're truly wonderful people. Ok, I will definitely try to look for both fellowships + programs, just in case
  7. Apply for General Scholarships?!!

    Thank you so much for this detailed explanation takeruk you're very helpful. I will definitely show this to my friends as well, because we're looking for programs together. I wasn't aware that most North American fellowships' deadlines are September:November! An Egyptian friend of mine who has studied Master's in the US & is currently looking also for PhD, has told me that applying for PhD programs in the US is much easier than in Europe, because it doesn't require that one searches for an independent scholarship or fellowship, as most of these programs are fully-funded through fellowships & assistantships, & just getting accepted at the program would sequentially secure me financially with any fellowship provided in the program. But what you say is giving me a different view. Do I have to apply to an independent fellowship next September:November before applying to American & Canadian PhD programs next December:February? Are most of these programs not fully-funded already?
  8. Register for PhD?!!

    PhD one-year preparatory courses are an obligatory part of PhD programs in some departments in Egypt. The political science department in Cairo University is one of those departments that has this one-year courses in its program. This one-year courses is part & parcel of the PhD program; it's obligatory, & it's not related to the applicant's qualifications. And anyway, no one is accepted into a PhD program here, unless s/he has completed the Master's program. I did complete my Master's of course, nevertheless, all PhD applicants have to take these one-year courses.
  9. Full funding at York University, Toronto

    Hi Nickybert,,, I didn't apply before in York University. But I'm currently also looking for PhD scholarships abroad. Each time you view a university's website, you have to scroll over to the sections of "Prospective Students", "Financing Tuition", "International Students", "Awards & Scholarships", "Fellowships & Assistantships", etc. Read the content & make sure that the Graduate Program (M.A in your case) offers a range of scholarships for international students. Browsing takes a bit of time & perseverance to reach this information, but with time, you'll get the hang of it. You can also email the university to ask them, but from my experience, this usually doesn't help, it's better to browse the university site to find the info yourself. You usually have three choices to fund your studies (not all universities offer all three choices, that's why you have to look over the university's site to find out): 1* The best choice: Is for you to apply for assistantship or fellowship. That means that you will work as a teaching or research assistant in the university, while studying there. This assures that "all" your tuition fees are exempted, plus you are paid a salary for your work to finance your sustenance needs (residence, food, books, etc.). PLUS you get experience in teaching & researching, which boosts your CV tremendously! 2* The second best choice: You get a full scholarship + stipend. That is the scholarship explicitly mentions that it covers ALL your tuition fees PLUS provides you with additional money (stipend) so you can spend on your sustenance. 3* The least best choice: You get an incomplete scholarship, either that the scholarship mentions that it ONLY covers your tuition fees, BUT you have to find a way to fund your sustenance, or the scholarship mentions that it ONLY covers PART of your tuition fees. In my opinion, just skip universities that only offers this choice, & fund universities that offers one or two of the above choices. If you still want to apply for this university, you can apply to this kind of scholarship, but keep searching for other organizations & institutions that offer other scholarships to cover the rest of the tuition fees + your sustenance. Another point is that I found some advice on the net from students who found scholarships, & are saying that finding scholarships for MA is very hard, & finding them for PhD is easier. So you can apply for Graduate Programs that combine MA & PhD together in one program, many North American Universities offer this. BTW, I found the "Student Finances" page on York University here: Student Finances / Prospective Students / Faculty of Graduate Studies / York University
  10. Hey everyone,,, I'm currently looking for PhD scholarships abroad. My desired research is multi-disciplinary & specific, so it's not easy to find professors who are specialized & willing to supervise me. It's something about human cultural evolution, & children's value formation. My current scheme in searching for scholarships is: search for professors who have relevant research interests --> find their universities --> find out if their universities offer fully-funded PhD programs & stipends so I can apply to them --> email the professor to see if she's interested, so I can apply to the university. However, sometimes I find announcements about university scholarships, like for ex., the Swiss government scholarships for international students. Do you think if I apply to such scholarships, & if I get accepted, would it be easy to find professors then (assigned in the university(s) of that scholarship) who are specialized & willing to work with me in that kind of research? Or should I only stick to the first scheme of applying to universities?
  11. Register for PhD?!!

    Thank you so much for your advice takeruk... it's much valuable
  12. Selecting my Graduate field of study

    I'm not specialized in those areas (instead, I'm specialized in social sciences). But I agree with snowangel that you may research job prospects for each field in the country of your interest. For ex., here in Egypt, the engineering specializations have higher career prospects than sciences (including environmental sciences). I think that applied sciences (ex., medicine, engineering) have higher prospects in general, anywhere, than natural sciences. But this is understandable, because businesses & companies have more interests in applied sciences than natural sciences (especially environmental sciences, which harm their exploitation of natural resources). But I'd generally advise you to "follow your heart" rather than "career prospects". I think it's better that you specialize in what "you" - & not companies - are interested in. Because when you study & work something that you love, you will gladly give it your whole time & energy, & will excel in it, & therefore you may better succeed & be creative in this field
  13. Register for PhD?!!

    Thank you so much for your reply takeruk If I register for PhD here in Egypt, I will have a one-year of preparatory courses (8 courses in total), which will require me to study for those courses, do their required assignments/research, & take their final exams. Applying for PhD programs abroad require me to search for relevant professors, send them emails, prepare application papers, besides improve my research plan to increase my chance for getting accepted. That's why I'm hesitant whether I could be able to work on both (besides my work) next year
  14. Register for PhD?!!

    Hi everyone,,, I'm a newbie here, & I hope this will be a great experience on the net with you... As a first post here, I'd like to seek your advice, about a critical decision I have to take these days... I'm currently working in research at a center, while also searching for PhD scholarships abroad (outside of Egypt!), & developing a PhD research plan to improve my chances at getting one. All people, except for one, are telling me I should apply next year for PhD here in Egypt, while searching for scholarships abroad, so as not to waste another year searching for scholarships, which I may or may not find! But I'm afraid to do this because this would mean that next year I will have a huge load of doing 4 things: study the PhD preparatory courses here; search for PhD scholarships abroad; work in the center, & develop a PhD research plan! I'm afraid that pressure from all this, could cause me to suffer a psychological breakdown (I already suffer from psychological problems that make me so slow in accomplishing things & very poor in managing stress & time!). Especially that I have a bad experience in this... while studying my one-year Master's preparatory courses before here, while also working in another center (though my work was less intensive), I suffered a psychological breakdown from the pressure of studying, & had to postpone taking the 2nd term courses to next year! Though my load was much less, I was only studying & working Despite my problems, I'm very ambitious. I want to get done with PhD quickly so I can focus on doing independent research later. I'm so determined on getting a scholarship abroad, because I want to experience some radical change in my life & educational/research context. But I also don't want to lag behind (I'm currently 31 years old, which is a bit late)... I don't know what to do! So do you think I should register for PhD here this year? Or should I give myself another year focusing only on finding a scholarship & developing a research plan, & if I don't find one by next year, I can register here in Egypt the year after? Or should I just get on with it this year while doing the other tasks too?