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  1. Will chime in, also, and say that since UPenn has cancelled visitor's week, I'm happy to answer questions about the English Dept.
  2. I received the CGS-D today, with a score of [redacted]. I will be requesting the SSHRC-D instead, because I am starting my PhD in the states. Hopefully this frees up a CGS for one of you!
  3. I don't know if this is the place to say but omg I just won a Fellowship and I'm quaking
  4. There are some folk I've seen at Harvard who have external supervisors from other schools among the Ivy coalition — you might inquire with Yale how possible it is to have a professor from Columbia, etc. on your committee. Taking classes at these schools is certainly possible.
  5. These are some really important questions, I think, and it's great that you're considering them... With regards to whether your main dissertation advisor needs to be an expert in your field, considering the fact that your research is likely to change or mutate in some way, shape, or form during your studies, I am of the mind that it's more important to have a committee of wide ranging, supportive scholars who are interested in your work and your interests, broadly conceived. Someone willing to give you time, and an ear, and some perceptive comments over someone who studies the exact thing you
  6. Thank you for this! I've been thinking a lot about the first and last of these questions, but have yet to ask current graduate students about how they feel within the department. I've also yet to ask the schools about their cohort make-up, or about the make-up of neighbouring cohorts. As always, you've been a huge help!
  7. Thank you for this detailed response! I figured quality of research and writing was important, for sure, but wondered to what extent the reputation of one's supervisor would impact one's potential for t-t jobs. I never thought to ask questions of the students currently being supervised by X or Y, but will definitely do so... If I might ask: in your opinion, what are the, like, three most important things for a student to consider when deciding between offers, if each offer is (relatively speaking) a good fit, and each offer is (relatively speaking) at an equally prestigious institution? I
  8. @emprof, piggybacking off this question: to what extent, in your opinion, does one's supervisor's reputation matter when one enters the job market? I've heard a variety of things on the matter and would love to hear your thoughts. Is a "famous" supervisor an alluring factor in one's application to a t-t- job? Or do other things (i.e. quality of research, publications) matter more?
  9. I think @beardedlady makes some fantastic points. While I can't speak for all of Rutgers' placement rates, I do know that they have a great early modern department and consistently get their early modern graduates t-t jobs at highly ranked schools. If I were you, I would take a look at their record and see where students in your field have been placed recently. Rutgers is not a top 10 institution, but it is a top 20, and from what I understand carries with its name quite a bit of prestige. That said, if I were to do this process again, I would apply to a number of schools, both top-10 a
  10. Interesting! I knew about Duke, but did not previously consider Michigan top ten. In my eyes it was the standard Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Yale, UPenn, Brown, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Duke..
  11. Yes, this makes a lot of sense! I suppose I just was/am skeptical about qs in general, since their methodology is premised in part on how often X scholar has been cited — which doesn't account for changes in departmental make up due to emeritus status, etc. I do see your point, though, and agree that rankings are important. (In my eyes, the US rankings make more sense since they seem to base their methodology on "survey of academics at peer institutions.") Thanks for clarifying what constitutes a top 10! As an international student, it's hard for me to gage the prestige of these schools, as na
  12. Can I ask what is considered a top 10 school? The qs rankings are flawed, obviously, as are the us rankings. Are top 10s Ivy/ivy-adjacent? (e.g. Stanford, Chicago..)
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