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    2020 Fall
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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 is the core of your interests will make the SOP writing process run smoothly and work in your favor as a tool for determining which programs are your best fit. I'd also strongly suggest you explore some interdisciplinary programs that allow you to get a shot to start training in curatorial studies, as curatorial work is a different kind of beast. Several art history programs will already include curatorial studies as part of the curriculum, but if the lack of opportunity of doing curatorial work is a deal-breaker to you, interdisciplinary programs might be a good option. Lastly, if your interest lies upon the Mediterranean region, do consider checking out programs in Europe. If you have a B2-C1 level in French, Italian, Spanish, amongst other languages, I encourage you to give it a shot. Bologna University has a good program in Art History that won't wreak your finances for years to come and the opportunity of being close to archaeological sites is invaluable. A good friend of mine is also currently studying in France her MA in Medieval Studies and plans to stay there for her PhD, and her experience with the university she's in has been great. Her PI is very supportive of her research endeavors, she has been given funding and support for her projects and, as stated before, the possibility of being few hours away from the archaeological sites relevant to her research is a major point in favor.
  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 being accepted in the program and receiving the confirmation from the EU EACEA office that we would be receiving funds for the masters because, as stated before, deadlines have changed in matter of days, some people that applied to programs in other universities have received emails stating that their funding offers will be rescinded, and other horror stories. In the case of my masters, the day the confirmation came through I felt relieved because I had to not worry about the 2021 application season and the funding promised when we applied will remain as it is. Next year many programs will decrease their funding options for students, decrease their admission rate, or close some programs, all these things with the intention of being able to survive the crisis. Even if this program is at the bottom of your list, there must be a reason you chose to apply there as there are so many PolSci programs out there and selecting 13 means you saw something special in each option. If the funding offer is good enough and you won't have to rely too heavily on loans, I would strongly suggest you accept the offer and go along. If, after a season there you still feel as you don't want to remain there, do consider transferring to other universities. However, as the world will have to brave a serious economical crisis brought by covid, next year admissions office will be even more picky about who they choose to allow into their programs and the funding offers to be given.
  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 (30 000 USD). I also rejected that one after one of my closest friends got into a pretty good MA art history program in France that would cost a fraction of what I would have needed to pay tuition at UChicago. So I decided to look at how my options were looking at in Europe and this year I solely applied to European universities. If you have good skills in Italian, I strongly advice you to check the MA in Art History at Universita di Bologna. Applications are open from March up to June and if you did take the GRE, there's a solid scholarship where you have to submit your GRE scores and your transcripts and that's it. If you do choose to wait it out for another year (Admission for fall 2021) I would also strongly encourage you to look at the History of Art MA at Stockholm University. It's taught in English, so no need to learn Swedish just yet. For the price of what it would cost to do the MA at NYU IFA or UChicago, you can study for two years in Stockholm, and that includes housing, transportation and food. Scholarships are good too and all the faculty members I talked to were really kind and guided me through the process. With my research topic, it's a bit of a hassle to find academics willing to guide me through the research process and they were all very welcoming and receptive of my MA proposal. You're not late to apply for most European universities, with exceptions such as the entire grad school system in the Sweden, so I advice you to give it a look.
  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 still ridiculously expensive, so I waited for a year and applied to different programmes. I don't particularly know if this is the case this year. Anyhow, I wish you all patience and lots of good luck. May you all get into a good programme!
  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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