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    2020 Fall
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    Art history/Visual Culture

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  1. Hi! I'm an art historian and I'd say the most important thing is to demonstrate how your past experiences have trained you into being able to work with visual content. Your research topic is really interesting and, with the right PI/advisor, you will be able to explore it to its fullest extent. Additionally, if you want to become a curator, art history is the best path for working towards it. That being said, do try to strip your interests to the bare bones and see what ties everything together. The SOP word limit is something to keep in mind at all times when applying, so knowing which i
  2. I didn't apply to the US this year so, if your program is to be held there, I might not be the most relatable case here. I applied to 4 options, all in European universities, this year and I have been fortunate enough to have gotten into my first option fully funded. I applied to Sweden, Italy, England and a joint Erasmus program and with how covid has struck the region, I was surprised to receive acceptance letters and funding. That being said, we're all working around covid and figuring things out as we go. To be honest, I was really scared through the entire waiting period between bein
  3. Don't go for it. Too expensive! My mentor graduated from her Art History PhD at UChicago and even she said it's not a good idea. You're better off going to all the other backup options you mentioned or attending university in Europe. A close friend of mine rejected MAPH and decided to apply to a couple of universities in Europe. She is a Medieval Studies MA student at Strasbourg and it was considerably better in terms of funding, cost of living, and she gets to do research on nearby townships and archaeological research designated areas.
  4. I agree with everyone here. If you do get an offer from the IFA, I strongly advice you to not take it. I applied last year for PhD despite the massive red flags and warnings that one of my mentors told me. I did get admission to the MA without funding at all. I didn't want to get into massive debt for a masters degree, so I rejected the offer. At the same time, I got a MAPH offer from UChicago. My mentor told me to also reject it because she said I didn't need that kind of debt, despite the fact that she is, a UChicago PhD alumn and I was awarded with the highest scholarship that year for MAPH
  5. Congrats on getting into the IFA! It's a good program! However, funding is, essentially, nonexistent at NYU IFA. They did offer a type of stipend for Hispanic students last year, but it was only available to US residents and citizenships. That is one of the reasons why I chose to reject the offer because I didn't want to drown in debt so soon into academia. If you are US resident or citizen, do ask for what kind of support they will offer. In my case, as an international student, I was offered no funding at all.
  6. I held the same hope last year. This is my second round applying for masters programmes, so I kind of knew what to expect in terms of the process but, most importantly, I learnt how to tailor stuff to each programme. If you do not end up going this year, now you have more experience regarding how to perform better in your applications. Nonetheless, I wish you all the best for this year.
  7. Got it around Tuesday last week. That makes it the 3th of March.
  8. Sure. I'm from Ecuador. May I ask where you're from?
  9. Eurosud is a great programme too! A friend of mine is currently enrolled in that programme and it's definitely worth it. Hopefully, you'll receive great news from that consortium! All the best to you.
  10. In my experience from applying to UChicago last year, the MAPH rejections take time to reach. The programme receives some insane number of applicants, as in more than 500-600 applications, so it takes a million years to receive rejections letters. However, I was accepted back then with a 50% scholarship offer and I was not as immediately notified. I remember logging in here obsessively to see any updates because some people were already getting their acceptance letters. I didn't take the offer because despite having being awarded the biggest scholarship available that year for the MAPH, it was
  11. Which other programs have you applied? Are the rest also Erasmus programmes? I really hope you get a good scholarship from the rest of your desired programmes! This was my second year applying for grad school so the road might be long but there's always light at the end of the tunnel. You'll get there!
  12. In Euroculture we were not interviewed, we were only contacted by the consortium with our offers after their deliberation period. One friend who applied last year to the EMMIR programme got her acceptance letter by mid-april, so I would assume each programme has a different schedule period. As such, don't fret and don't loose hope! It's hard having to wait so long but I wish you the best in your journey.
  13. Congrats to all of those who got in to the Euroculture programme! Wishing all the best to those on the reserve list for the programme as well as all the best to those applying to other Erasmus programmes. May you all be awarded with a great scholarship this year
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