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    2019 Fall
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    PhD, Anthropology, UNR

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  1. Fantasmapocalypse

    Feeling down :(

    Look for other ways to get to your country of interest. See if there are English teaching opportunities that can help position you in the country, even for the short term, to give yourself a more competitive slant. 'Field experience', even a few weeks or months, give you that much more practical leverage on paper. If you have been to or even better know people in your desired area you are that much more likely to succeed in winning the grant. Find alternate sources of funding, perhaps those connected to your region or topic of interest. Many times you can spin or incorporate a small portion of your thesis to help win over smaller grants and other funding. My experience focuses on Japan and east Asia so I can't really offer specific details outside of this region but don't give up! I went through two rounds of apps, accepted an unfunded offer and just got a notice last week it is now almost 90% funded and includes pay for the first year.
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    Writing Sample- Same writing sample to all Universities?

    Your writing sample should be your most polished piece of work, preferably something presented at a conference and/or peer-reviewed or published, even if it is in conference proceedings. Barring that, I would go with your strongest paper (perhaps a senior thesis if undergrad, MA thesis or capstone, etc) that connects the most with your program(s) of choice and/or highlights your specialization and skills. So if you are writing for a program with faculty who specialize in gender, select something in that area. If you are writing about popular culture and nationalism, you could potentially frame that in your SOP for departments focused on media, youth culture, nationalism, popular culture, etc. Your sample is just that, a sample. IMO I would probably take your strongest work and submit it as last graded or as published. If you have revisions from a trusted advisor's input, then go for that. However, I think your writing sample is less important then showing in your SOP how your previous work connects to the department and your current plans. Search committees and admit committees will probably not read and entire sample, so it can be risky trying to tweak a 20, 30, 40, etc page paper at the cost of your letters of rec and SOP. IMO your SOP is your campaign platform and sales pitch. It is written for that program, or should mostly be original and written specifically for them.
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I just got my rejection letter from UCSB's EALCS program... I turned down an offer for the JET Program and ended up accepting an offer for UNR instead.
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    Best Cultural Anthro PhD programs?

    Yeah it's too bad. I would apply to UCD in a heartbeat but I also respect them not taking students they can't/won't fund!
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    Submit CV instead of resume?

    In the United States, a CV is specifically your academic resume and qualifications. It lists your education, teaching and research experience, publications, funding, etc. A resume is a job document, highlighting the training and employment that usually is specifically related to the job you are applying for. In Europe and elsewhere a CV and resume may refer to one document (resume). A CV generally changes from month to month and can be dozens of pages long for a senior scholar. A resume is generally less specialized and thus less detailed and shorter.
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    University of Hawaii Anthro vs Cornell Asian Studies

    Not unless you want to get a second MA in anthro that is!
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    Commuting to grad school?

    I spent a significant amount of time commuting to my MA program. My partner and I share a vehicle, so on class days I would take them to work and then commute approximately 2 hrs to school, give or take an hour for traffic and finding a parking spot. It was exhausting, TAing and holding office hours and going to seminar. I regularly got home around 1am after driving back to pick up my partner. My program was designed for 'professionals' so it was only three hour seminars twice a week, but 3 years of that was murder. You should seriously consider how much commuting will impact your day, your energy, your study time, etc. time isn't just money it is energy and sanity imo...
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    How much does prestige matter? School Psych PsyD

    I not bitter with my own experiences with bureaucracy and administration at all! <-< lol
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    How much does prestige matter? School Psych PsyD

    My assumption has always been prestige of the school matters to administrators, bureaucrats, and the public... they don't have the expertise to judge programs so they go by 'brand names''.... to people in the know, I would imagine you are spot on. But it is one of those infernal things that inevitably seem to be the swing factor when to candidates are 'tied' or the hiring person is exhausted/incompetent and they go off arbitrary deciding factors... how many of us have been in those situations where it doesn't matter until it does, eh? 😕
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    Best Cultural Anthro PhD programs?

    Unless I'm completely mistaken, UCD has not been accepting cultural anthro applicants for the past few cycles. Their focus is strongly in the physical field (esp primatology and I would imagine forensics and/or medical), and from what I've heard they have had a glut of cultural students still within the program that need to finish so funding can be (re)directed to new students. Alan Klima and Tim Choy are both amazing specialists in SE and E Asia though....
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    Disorganized department?

    No funding, loosely aligned faculty and/or a program as opposed to a proper department are also red flags....
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    University of Hawaii Anthro vs Cornell Asian Studies

    It can! Manoa requires you to have an MA in anthropology in order to apply to the PhD program. Some departments will accept a related BA or MA. For example an Archaeology or Bio Anth PhD Student may be able to make the argument that having a math degree is acceptable with a minor or no background in Anthropology if they are specializing in regression or statistical analysis.... Marty Biskowski, a deeply loved member of CSU Sacramento's faculty, was a mathematician before he became a Mesoamerican Archaeologist.
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    University of Hawaii Anthro vs Cornell Asian Studies

    Off the cuff? Cornell. Hawai'i is not a "top tier" anthropology school. Your logistical pro's all make sense, but if you want the pedigree of the degree, Cornell is an Ivy. Going to an MA you can't really expect much in the way of funding. Generally they exist as a prestige degree (aka revenue stream) unless you earn your MA in the process of chasing the PhD and were admitted to the PhD. Some exceptions exist. I would also consider whatever faculty you want to work with at both schools and see which departments for the MA and the PhD will have the best qualified people to advise you. Also consider you may or may not be able to "funnel" into the PhD program from the Master's. I know Hawai'i will, and they do require an Anthro MA for the Anthro PhD program there.
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I'm headed to bed so I didn't read the entire article, but since I didn't see it I thought I would ask you if they differentiate between foreign applicants with foreign degrees vs. Americans/domestic applicants with foreign degrees? I'd be interested to see how that data parses. My intuition and understanding has always been not that foreign degrees are necessarily worthless, but rather, they are valued different on American applicants applying for American jobs for example vs. an international applicant. Hence, someone from NZ with a German PhD or wherever with whatever is contextualized differently than the corresponding American/westerner. But absolutely agree, good to have data!

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