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    The cult of saints, art and archaeology, women's devotional lives
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    European History

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  1. Yeah, I heard they were trying to send people in January, but... we'll see. Where are you applying?
  2. Is anyone else applying for a Fulbright? I'm wondering if we could have a small group chat of historians applying this cycle.
  3. Would someone be willing to give their thoughts on my Fulbright statement of grant purpose? It is a little over 2 pages long and is for a history research award.
  4. Hello! Anyone else in the process of the Fulbright app? I submitted mine to my school yesterday. I'm a second-year MA student studying European History, and I'm applying for a research award in the Czech Republic. I'm having so much anxiety already and I haven't even had my Campus Committee Meeting. 😬
  5. Not sure how helpful this is, but University of Toronto plans to accept a F21 cohort. As does Penn's Religious Studies program.
  6. I hadn't seen this yet, so I figured that I would make one! I'm a second-year Master's student, studying European History, and I'm applying for an Open Research Award in the Czech Republic. I just submitted my application to my school and I am freaking out about not having a chance. The Czech Republic has a relatively small application pool, but with Covid and finalists re-applying, I'm scared that I won't be a semi-finalist, much less a finalist. My profile is: Second year Master's student at a top producer (my school had the 4th highest number of Fulbrighters in 2019) Czech
  7. Hello! I am trying to start writing my statements of purpose, but I feel a bit stuck. Originally, I had gone straight into my interests ("At [School], I plan to study..."). I have also been told that starting with a brief anecdote that relates to how I became interested in what I want to research. My first thought, anecdote-wise, was seeing my female friends at my Catholic undergraduate school form their devotional lives and identified with certain saints, and then placing that historically through my academic reading. I feel like this may be okay for religious studies applications, but n
  8. Haha, jinx! I heard about NYU History from two people in my program, though I am not sure if that is true or not. I have heard from Fordham, Toronto, and Penn Religious Studies faculty that it should not be an issue, but I just emailed my potential programs to confirm. FWIW, a professor at Yale recommended Medieval Studies to me, as it was smaller and would likely not be as affected by budgetary constraints. Nevertheless, I sent out emails, and will be trying like hell to win my Fulbright.
  9. I am not sure the veracity, but two people in my program have told me that NYU History is not accepting students for Fall 2021.
  10. Hey, everyone. I wrote this paragraph in one of my SOPs, and I was wondering if I could get some feedback on if it makes sense/is coherent. As a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, I plan to study the intersections of the cult of saints and women’s devotional lives in the late antique and early medieval Mediterranean. My intended research project will specifically explore how lay elite and noble women expressed their devotional lives and formed identities around them. Typically relegated to the domestic sphere, elite and noble women’s conspicuous religious and ritual
  11. This is fantastic and very helpful! Thank you so much.
  12. Thank you for the thoughts, everyone! This will likely be a longer post, sort of thinking out loud. The questions that have really interested me are: Major: How did women form and perform their devotional lives and identities, specifically related to the cult of saints? Specifically, how did noble and elite women perform religion and religious life? How did they use objects, art, and place in this performance? What were the social implications of performance? How did noble and elite women show power and status via religious patronage and performance? How did
  13. I will say that I am also considering focusing on England (esp. Canterbury), Italy (esp. Rome, but I am also interested in Ravenna and Venice), and Jerusalem, primarily because of pilgrimage and religious sites. I feel like this could help me focus on elite women and the saints/saint worship as well!
  14. This is very helpful! I do have Latin and I am working on Greek (and plan to take an intensive Greek course next summer), but I am not sure if my Greek will be as good as my Latin coming in.
  15. Hello! I am having a lot of trouble narrowing my project down, temporally and geographically. My interests are specifically in Late Antiquity to the High Middle Ages. I am mostly interested in Italy, Rome specifically, but also in Byzantium and England. It has been suggested to me by a professor to just focus more on the theme, but I feel like that would be doing me no favors in application season. I have also considered determining time period/geography based on the fit with the program, but I am not quite sure of that, either. Do you have any tips for narrowing this down?
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