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  1. On 4/13/2021 at 10:38 PM, Isaac Bobron said:

    I was waitlisted for the GDR & received my rejection last Friday. I hope that helps. Good luck on your academic adventures! I wish you all the best!

    Thanks again! I still never received a formal notice, but I ultimately called the grad school today and someone there was able to check on my status and inform me I wasn't admitted (the formal notice is going to be sent tomorrow, April 16 - yikes).

    It's not all bad news though as I accepted my offer to Oxford, which was always the goal! Best wishes to you as well ~~

  2. On 4/9/2021 at 12:55 PM, sorenerasmus said:

    Of course! I am waiting for admissions results for the MA program (I’m finishing undergrad this spring). I hope there will be some movement if you’re waitlisted! It’s definitely rough to be awaiting results when decision deadlines are next week - but hopefully the waiting will be worth it 🤞 

    Hi all ~ is anyone else still waiting for official notification from Vanderbilt’s GDR? After contacting them twice, I received a response at the end of last week that I will receive a letter “by the end of the week” this week, but decision deadlines are Thursday and Friday for my other programs (as well as Vanderbilt, technically). I’ll likely go elsewhere, but I would like to know all of my options before deciding.

    Does anyone happen to know anything about the inner workings of the department? The fact that they are two full weeks behind the graduate school’s own deadline for admissions results doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence, especially since I received my other acceptances in late February and early March. 

  3. 15 hours ago, bridgmanite said:

    I was told by the PI that once I formally accepted the position that then the offer would be sent to me (if there was one) with the College placement.
    I formally accepted on April 6th, so I assume I will hear sometime in the next week or two about funding and College placement. 

    Thanks for sharing this - I reached out to the faculty who interviewed me for any updates on the process as well, since it’s been roughly 8 weeks since my offer and I don’t know my college placement yet. I kind of hope I can get some tentative update on funding before making a decision, because that could make quite a difference! Best wishes for your funding results as well ~ 

  4. 1 hour ago, Isaac Bobron said:

    Thank you for your swift reply! If you don’t mind sharing, are you on the waitlist for Religion PhD?

    Of course! I am waiting for admissions results for the MA program (I’m finishing undergrad this spring). I hope there will be some movement if you’re waitlisted! It’s definitely rough to be awaiting results when decision deadlines are next week - but hopefully the waiting will be worth it 🤞 

  5. 16 hours ago, Isaac Bobron said:

    Anyone hear anything concerning Vanderbilt? 

    I got a response that all results should be released  this coming week (for the GDR). It will be pretty close up against the decision deadline it seems, but I’m in the same boat waiting with you! Hang in there ~ 

  6. 35 minutes ago, jellyfish7 said:

    Still no word from Vanderbilt GDR! Anyone have insight?

    I also haven’t heard anything ~ I’ve been waiting with bated breath today since the Graduate School site lists March 31 as the day admissions decisions are/we’re supposed to be released. I’m debating emailing the department tomorrow (?) to see if they can provide any update on the timeline. 

  7. Hi everyone! I’m wondering if anyone has practical advice/experience regarding the process of inquiring about more scholarship funding at a particular school - prior to having official funding offers at other programs. I’ve seen posts about this in other forums, but I’d appreciate thoughts from other rel. studies folks. I applied to 3 master’s programs and have received 2 acceptances with one pending (decisions to be released March 31). For one program, I’m still waiting for an official funding notification in the coming weeks, and for the other (UChicago Divinity) I received a partial scholarship but not enough for me to actually go there (congrats to the people with full scholarships/stipends!).

    I’m debating whether/how to engage with UChicago about this, because I am partly hoping to be reconsidered for a larger scholarship but also curious about their decision making process for my original offer. My current faculty advisors (who both went to UChicago for their master’s) were maybe overconfident in my funding prospects there, so when I received my acceptance and scholarship offer I was honestly disappointed 😕 (For context, my undergrad is in religious studies, my GPA is ~3.96, and I’ve held a research assistantship along with doing honors independent research and a special thesis program. Since applying I also had an article accepted for publication, received a research award, and got into Phi Beta Kappa, but I don’t know of a way to casually drop this info into an email exchange haha.)

    At this point I know I’ll likely go to a program other than UChicago, and this concern may be a symptom of my growing impatience, but since there are currently many unknowns as I wait for info from my other 2 programs I’m partly worried about the prospect of having 3 offers to great programs and not being able to accept any of them. Since I am essentially just waiting at the moment, if there’s anything I can do to try to respectfully self-advocate in terms of funding (while also not having official funding offers from the other programs yet) it might help put my mind at ease over the next few weeks. Thanks in advance for any thoughts or suggestions!

  8. 10 hours ago, marvin_is_dead said:

    According to the relevant webpage, the majority of offers for Clarendon are sent out at the beginning of April. I'm sure this is subject to change, however. You can find a more detailed timeline here:


    Congrats on your offer! I received one for the MSt in Theology, and I'm also in the same boat as regards decision-making prior to funding allocation wrapping up.

    Thanks! I’m glad I’m not missing info elsewhere - I have been checking that site too so I hope the timeline is in fact accurate for this year. Congrats on your offer as well! Hopefully we will hear some good news before the decision deadline. 

  9. Hi all ~ I just stumbled across this thread. Congrats @mimo2021on receiving a scholarship! I was accepted to the MPhil in Theology and had an Ertegun interview during the last week of February (also before I had my acceptance haha) so I have been hoping for some kind of funding news this month also. Does anyone know if full fellowship decisions (esp. Clarendon, if the Ertegun offers already went out) are generally sent in March or early April? My biggest concern is the potential of having to make a decision before knowing about funding. Thanks everyone :) 

  10. 11 hours ago, jellyfish7 said:

    Me too!!! Also looking for some clarification on the difference between Vanderbilt's MTS and MA in Religion? Why should a person apply to one instead of the other? Is one program more difficult to get into? I assume most MAR students take all their classes at the divinity school/with VDS faculty... so why are the apps managed by different admission committees? Very grateful for any insights.

    Based on my knowledge from applying to the MA, the main technical difference would be whether someone wants to study religious studies or theology (I personally applied to the MA because I have a background in secular rel. studies but not as much in theology). If I remember correctly the MTS is a two year program (around 45-48 credits I think) but the MA looks like it’s usually meant to be finished in one year (30 credits). The subfields/concentrations between the MTS and MA are different too, and the GDR concentrations include subfields outside of Christianity. I do think the faculty are mostly the same across the GDR and Divinity, but I remember that when I glanced at some of the classes listed for last fall out of curiosity I noticed that Divinity and Religion classes are listed separately, so people in the different programs probably aren’t taking too many of the same classes. Hopefully this clarifies some - it’s hard to tell what the dynamic of a program is just from websites for sure! 

  11. Hi everyone! Does anybody know anything about the Vanderbilt Grad Department of Religion? I applied to the MA and it looks like the graduate school releases results on March 31, so I'm guessing they are sticking to that. I don't really see any religion master's results (just divinity), so I'm curious if anyone is familiar with the GDR. Getting a bit impatient and restless with this waiting, so the next couple of weeks will be rough haha.

  12. On 2/27/2021 at 8:49 PM, davidhume1739 said:

    Hi there! Congrats on everyone who has been accepted to programs and best of luck to those still waiting! Has anyone heard about the MPhil or MSt in Philosophical theology at Oxford? I know they sent out some acceptances but there is only 3 (including PhD) reported on the forum so I was wondering if maybe there would be more. Thank you!

    Hi! I did receive an acceptance (MPhil in Theology) via email at the end of last week but just posted it on the results forum today. From my impression it seems as though they send the notices in waves, and not necessarily all on the same day, potentially depending on subfields within the faculty. Best wishes!

  13. 11 hours ago, alizeh55 said:

    I see that as well. Does anyone ever wonder if applying this year was really a crap shoot ... maybe even useless? Considering they have less spots in an already selective process...


    might just be my late night imposter syndrome 

    I have seen different postings (results, etc.) suggesting that most PhD programs' slots are roughly half (or even a quarter) of the norm this year. It's definitely kind of frustrating that programs were not particularly upfront or transparent about the number of slots available, at least as far as I know.

    I personally only applied to two PhD programs since I'm coming straight from undergrad (I'll presumably do a master's degree depending on results/funding), but I would not have even attempted any PhD applications at this stage (or spent the extra ~$200 on the applications) if those programs' circumstances had been clearer 😕 At least I have the experience of going through the process for when I try again in a couple of years ... lol

  14. Hi @AKWhitty, thanks for your post! I'm also working as a tutor this summer, doing some freelance writing/editorial work, and doing a bit of thesis planning, so my circumstances are fairly similar to yours. I have started outlining my SOP for the programs to which I'm definitely applying (two so far). However, I'm also still in the process of choosing which programs are really the most compatible with my research interests/goals, so I'm still sorting that out before I start preparing for those applications.

    Based on my limited experience so far, I'd encourage you to start mentally plotting out your SOP for the programs you think are the best fit for you, because those will likely be the easiest for you to start writing. I'm primarily looking at religious studies departments as opposed to divinity programs so we differ a bit in that respect, but since you're considering MA programs as well I'd suggest to keep exploring your options since that will also help you have a sense of your priorities when you start writing your SOP.

    Best of luck with your planning and application process!

  15. I'm definitely not an expert in this (I'm just in the stage of prepping to apply to grad programs too!), but I would suggest trying to revise a paper you wrote for your MFA so that it better reflects your current abilities. I think it's fairly common to make revisions to papers written for class before submitting them for other applications, so this might be a way for you to follow the guidelines while still reflecting how your writing skills have developed since your MFA.

  16. This is my first post here - looking for some wisdom! I'm a rising college senior planning to apply for grad school programs this fall (to begin in fall 2021, hopefully) and I'm looking for some guidance about what I can do this summer to help the application process go as smoothly as it possibly can this fall/winter. Since I was fairly naive and uninformed when applying to undergrad programs (my high school had no college advisor, and I had no idea the fields I'm now studying even existed at the time), I really want to approach the grad school application process from a more informed perspective. For reference, I am planning to apply for MA programs and potentially a couple of PhD programs (I am aware of how unlikely it is to get into a PhD program directly from undergrad, but I think I'd regret it if I don't at least try). My intended concentration will be either Philosophy of Religion or American Religion, and I feel like I have a relatively strong background in either of these areas for someone coming from undergrad.

    For those of you who have already applied, is there anything you wish you'd done differently during the application process? How many programs did you apply to?

    For anyone who applied to PhD programs directly from undergrad: Do you think you were qualified, or do you now feel like you had no business applying for a PhD right away? This is something I'm wondering about because certain programs claim that "exceptional" students can be admitted directly from undergrad, but I'm skeptical of what that really means. For reference, I'm a religious studies major with a 3.95 GPA and two minors (tier 2 school?), I've done a research assistantship, and I'll be writing and defending an honors thesis this upcoming year. BUT, I also recognize that I'm obviously fairly naive compared to people who have completed a master's degree.

    Does it make sense to start working on personal statements and statements of purpose in advance? In the age of COVID, I don't know what to expect from the fall semester and I'd like to avoid as much future stress as I can, and I also know that grad programs will be even more competitive going forward so I'd obviously like to have the strongest applications I can. I'm trying to continue familiarizing myself with the research/publications in the areas I'm thinking about, and I've started to look into faculty I might want to work with at the programs I'm interested in. I'd like to start writing some of these application materials now, since my schedule is more open than it will be during the school year, but I also don't want to waste my time if I'll end up totally rewriting them later in the year.

    Hopefully these questions aren't too redundant, I'll definitely appreciate any tips from past applicants!

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