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TsarandProphet

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About TsarandProphet

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    Caffeinated
  • Birthday 09/26/1996

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Israel
  • Interests
    Russian History
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    History

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  1. TsarandProphet

    SOP Review/Swap

    I'd be happy to!
  2. TsarandProphet

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I have submitted my writing sample to a (serious) journal and just received it back with a revise & resubmit, with not-too-mean reviews! I don't know if I am excited or scared about using it as a writing sample.
  3. TsarandProphet

    Language Examination in History PhD Program

    With enough preparation focused on reading, yes. You should work with textbooks that aim to build your reading knowledge, such as Hubert Jannach and Richard Alan Korb's German for Reading Knowledge. Having said that, I believe that one foreign language in the moment of your application is fine (only Harvard explicitly mention two as a characteristic of the typical admitted student), and reading proficiency in your desired field of study is most important. Here is a recent example from Harvard: https://history.fas.harvard.edu/files/history/files/french_exam_aug_2014_final.pdf
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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?
  10. TsarandProphet

    Writing Sample Swaps?

    I have some time off the archives until Tuesday and would be happy to look at yours :) I believe itโ€™s called virtuous procrastination;)
  11. 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
  12. TsarandProphet

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    So you're probably good ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.
  13. 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.
  14. TsarandProphet

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I have contacted something like 30 POIs and got ~25 supportive emails back, but only 3 phone calls.
  15. 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!
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