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  1. The stipend is bigger, but the cost of living is likely proportionately higher, so it doesn't sound like that makes much of a difference. Honestly, if you are banking on having overlap in your areas (physical, theoretical, topical, etc) of interest rather than learning new ones or supplementing your training and interests I can't see how the "other" school is a good option for you. The question that you basically are facing, it sounds like, is to ask your yourself: Is the school (training) or city more important to you? On the one hand, I see many people argue that you train on coast
  2. My experience and gut tells me that if you can't get the help to "complete" your project then I would simply share a status update of where the project is, what you've accomplished, the challenges you've faced, and what your recommendations for next steps are. You are working on a BA, and you are an intern. You are not the project lead and cannot/should not be chastized for "failing" to complete something outside of your control. What I have found helpful when I was working on projects like yours and the set-backs you've encountered was to talk about the experience and process of doing researc
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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 en
  9. I not bitter with my own experiences with bureaucracy and administration at all! <-< lol
  10. 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? 😕
  11. 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....
  12. No funding, loosely aligned faculty and/or a program as opposed to a proper department are also red flags....
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Find out if your university currently offers any campus wide fellowships, scholarships, etc. Once you establish your dissertation's general themes and develop a central thesis, I would start marketing it to various fellowships, grants, and other organizations that might share a mutual interest. For example, if you are looking at Islam in Japan and tourism, I would approach or examine JETRO, MOFA, and other organizations such as travel agencies or the like that have a vested interest in your research if you can spin it to helping them better understand how/why foreigners from SE Asia and other
  17. Sounds about right, unfortunately. Some of the programs decide very very late.
  18. Last year my Pitt Rejection came on April 5th. You are probably in for another month's wait if you are somewhere on a potential second-round pick. Don't give up yet!
  19. Pursuing your degree abroad purely depends on your endgame. If you want to be employed at an American or western university, please keep in mind the systems are still pig headed and devalue degrees from 'foreign' programs. If you are interested in working outside of academia and/or outside of the US, by all means!
  20. Anyone who speak to your talents is a welcome LOR writer. If your LOR happens to know the graduate committee members, work with them, be in their department, etc. it is a benefit insomuch as your LOR writer's colleagues know and/or trust the LOR writer and their instincts. On the other hand, if you know politics within the department or your LOR writer's reputation are not great, you may want to reconsider. Also, the question should also be asked if your LOR writer may actually be on or involved with the search/admission committee for the program you are pursuing. If so, they may have to
  21. I hope it helps! I've found The Professor Is In by Karen Kelsky to be extremely helpful. She also runs a blog, which you can google and find a lot of free advice there. While she has experience as an R1 program chair/department head, it is in the social sciences, so you will want to check with a trusted person in your field for some verification on specifics. However, I think she has some superb advice in general about writing compelling and concise documents.
  22. @Derberd see the link and excerpt above for CV revisions and formatting. Hope it helps!
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