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  • Birthday 09/26/1996

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    Russian History
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    2019 Fall
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  1. TsarandProphet

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I am also pretty much done with my SOPs. I am also quite done with the writing sample - I am just hoping that the answer from the peer-reviewed journal I sent it to will be in by December so I can incorporate the reviewers' feedback. I have spent all morning assembling materials for my recommenders, and it looks like I am almost ready.
  2. TsarandProphet

    DAAD Short-term Research Grants for historical research

    In my experiences in Europe (but not in Germany), you would need to contact a professor there who would "sponsor" your application. In my case, the head of the section of modern history at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences just wrote a letter for me.
  3. TsarandProphet

    Chances of Entry?

    We really wouldn't know. As far as technical details like GRE and GPA go, you seem fine, but the process depends so much on your written materials that we really can't help.
  4. TsarandProphet

    Whatcha reading?

    I am currently reading a PhD dissertation, actually. Knowledge and Power on the Kazakh Steppe, 1845-1917 by Ian Campbell from Uni of Michigan. It's wonderful.
  5. TsarandProphet

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Excuse me for my ignorance - but I looked at some admissions forms. Besides the personalization of the SOP and filling the endless forms, what else would you need to do that differentiates between 5 and 12 applications?
  6. I am applying to grad programs in 2 fields, closely related, but that means not 6 applications but rather 12. Will recommenders care? I assume they will write one letter and just submit it 12 times, right?
  7. TsarandProphet

    Writing Sample Swaps?

    I have some time off the archives until Tuesday and would be happy to look at yours :) I believe it’s called virtuous procrastination;)
  8. TsarandProphet

    Writing Sample Swaps?

    Hi guys, I know that traditionally people swap SOPs, but I was wondering if you'd all like to swap writing samples. Naturally, this will entail not detailed feedback but rather an overall, macro feedback about its strength. If current graduate students are willing to participate as well in critique, we'd be happy
  9. TsarandProphet

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    So you're probably good 🙂 An email says a lot, because their impression from you is also based on how you write - so you might have a clue regarding the overall quality of your style for your writing sample.
  10. TsarandProphet

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    How have POIs responded so far? I did notice that those that replied tended to reply honestly: saying, for example, that the fit is low with the overall department or that my project is too 'ambitious' or 'far-fetched' to work in that department. Others have responded enthusiastically, so when I feel like an impostor I read their emails - even if I am sure they are not that enthusiastic and its much more a matter of stylistics.
  11. TsarandProphet

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I have contacted something like 30 POIs and got ~25 supportive emails back, but only 3 phone calls.
  12. TsarandProphet

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I just had a rather long phone call with a POI. Looks promising, but I try not to get my hopes too high!
  13. TsarandProphet

    I got a 5.5!

    Congratulations! Being an international student, I hope my 6 in AW will somewhat offset my lower verbal and quant scores (161/161).
  14. TsarandProphet

    Whatcha reading?

    Starting Humboldt and the Modern German University: An Intellectual History by Johan Östling!
  15. TsarandProphet

    JD to PhD. I have no idea how to do this.

    I agree! I began as a late-antiquity-early-Islam major, moved to Early Modern Europe, and settled on Russia and the history of knowledge in Russia following a deeper study of my own family history.

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