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  1. All, many thanks for your feedback. And yes, I certainly did come off as prick-ish in my original post. The freakout session was borne of the story I've been spoonfed for the past several years: that you're allowed to screw up periodically as an undergrad, but not as a grad student. In retrospect, this is a pretty stupid way of proceeding. And the negative feedback the post garnered made it perfectly clear that I'm approaching the process the wrong way. So, terribly sorry for coming off like a crybaby
  2. Hi all, First, let me apologize for my previous set of posts -- I'm new to the forum, so I didn't quite know the proper etiquette and decorum. Judging from the negative comments I'm guessing what I last wrote came off as pompous. My apologies for that. In any case, I'm vying mostly for programs in political theory, focusing on Islamic political thought. Chicago, Yale, and Princeton are immediately coming to mind. Also considering NELC/religious studies programs at Duke and Harvard. I've got a strong undergrad background, but this year in my MA program I got dinged with two A m
  3. Hi all, First, let me apologize for potentially offending anyone with my previous set of posts -- I'm new to this forum, so I didn't really understand the rules of engagement, so to speak. My guess from the negative feedback is that what I wrote came off as pompous. Terribly sorry abou that. That said, I'm currently considering Michigan's joint history/anthro Ph.D., but I don't have an anthro background: I did political science and sociology as an undergrad, and I'm doing Islamic history for an MA (so the history side is covered), but no anthro specifically. Is it a lost cause? Or is
  4. Hi all, I'm currently a first-year MA student in Islamic Studies, and will be applying next year to Ph.D. work to several top programs -- Chicago, Yale and Princeton in Political Science, Duke and Harvard in Near Eastern Studies/Religion, and Michigan in the joint History/Anthropology program. I've got a strong undergraduate record (4.0 GPA and multiple majors), decent GRE scores (660V, 730Q, 6 writing), and a pretty strong publishing record this early in the game -- several articles, several conference papers, and I'm working on my first book as we speak. The thing is, in my
  5. Hi all, I'm currently a first-year MA student in Islamic Studies, and will be applying next year to Ph.D. work to several top programs -- Chicago and Yale in Political Science, Duke, Princeton and Harvard in Near Eastern Studies/Religion, and Michigan in History/Anthropology. I've got a strong undergraduate record (4.0 GPA and multiple majors), decent GRE scores (660V, 730Q, 6 writing), and a pretty strong publishing record this early in the game -- several articles, several conference papers, and I'm working on my first book as we speak. The thing is, in my first year as an
  6. Thanks for the feedback! Agreed, I'm totally done over-exerting myself, as this year taught me. No one at school bothered to mention that taking 14 graduate credits in a single semester (when the standard is 9), alongside this book project, is suicide. I'll be done with my book at the end of the summer, and in my second year I can focus and take the standard course load, shoot to write a solid MA thesis, and all will be well. Still, I can't undo these two A minuses. With Chicago, I'm reticent to do NELC because it's very pre-modern. I'm more interested in the modern period, hence my
  7. Hi all, I'm currently a first-year MA student in Islamic Studies, and will be applying next year to Ph.D. work to several top programs -- Chicago and Yale in Political Science, Duke, Princeton and Harvard in Near Eastern Studies/Religion, and Michigan in History/Anthropology. I've got a strong undergraduate record (4.0 GPA and multiple majors), decent GRE scores (660V, 730Q, 6 writing), and a pretty strong publishing record this early in the game -- several articles, several conference papers, and I'm working on my first book as we speak. The thing is, in my first year as an MA student
  8. Hi all, I am gearing to apply to the two aforementioned fellowships for the next term, but I'm having a bit of difficulty determining how to construct a winning application. I've gone through the NSF process (made honorable mention last time), so I'm very familiar with that, but I've been unable to find a single person who is well-versed in either Javits or Ford. Can any previous winners say much about the criteria? In the case of Javits, my understanding is that they give more awards to humanities people than social sciences, so would it be judicious for an interdisciplinary person
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