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  1. As you say, it varies by the program, school and the area. In some places, the full funding amount may be lower than in others, but there may be plenty of work opportunities to supplement your income, or to completely cover your room and board costs. In other places, funding amount may be higher, but the cost of living may be extremely high, thus making this amount insufficient. You can write to the current Graduates in the programs you are applying to in order to get a sense of the funding and costs situation in these places.
  2. I have already said they couldn't have got the job without a few semesters worth of Grad School credits. Just the Undergrad degrees are not helpful in getting those jobs. And if they get these jobs after a few semesters worth of Grad School credits, the Grad School has successfully achieved its aim. How many semesters' training they require before they land a job depends upon their own intrinsic abilities, the dynamics and the environment of the Program they are in. In fact, this can be compared to the funded Humanities PhD Programs. Precisely because job opportunities for Humanit
  3. Yes and you know that most candidates get tuition waiver in Grad School - which means the Grad School is paying for the tuition of most candidates. The longer they stay, the more the university pays for them - and also spends on their research and teaching training and is also giving them RA/TA salaries. The Grad School is not just a business about tuition. As I said, its primary aim is to train people in research and teaching. It has to show how many people it trained and with what results. Candidates who leave for a lucrative job offer in fact help positively in this index - and they cos
  4. I think the comparison between a company and a university is not appropriate. The primary aim of the Grad School is to train candidates in research and teaching skills, which these candidates can use in their future career. Whatever teaching and research employment they get in Grad School is by way of giving them the opportunity to hone their research and teaching skills. On the other hand, companies hire candidates who already have skills and who are willing to use their skills for the benefit of the company. In the process they also hone their skills further or acquire new skills, bu
  5. Here we need to differentiate between various categories of students who don't finish Graduate School. Some drop out because they didn't meet the evaluation standards - and their initially being intensely willing to get admission into a Grad Program has nothing to do with their under-performance. They were intensely desirous of this degree, but they didn't foresee that they would not be meeting the expectations of the Grad School. Some lose funding for reasons other than grades and are forced to drop out. Again, they didn't see that this would happen. Illness is another reason for
  6. Berna, There are some US Faculty in Political Science responding to questions down the menu. You can directly seek their advice -
  7. Loric, I am sorry to hear about all the struggles you've had. Well, any school that treats its students like your last Grad school did is not worth going to. It was not your fault. It's not as if you didn't get it. It was just that your Grad program didn't get how to handle a student who thought differently - the professor's Yale degree not withstanding. As I said, I have seen enough Ivy Graduates who don't know how to be a good academic, but who flood the academia. And any Grad program in Arts that doesn't talk about "isms" is not worth its salt. So, I would say don't worry ab
  8. WorriedWarts, Don't worry. A- is not likely to adversely affect your funding. And your Harvard degree is going to take care of the rest, as long as you maintain an A- or A. You can take this degree to where many others can't go, despite your A-s. The greater danger is that precisely because of this "immunity of Ivy degrees," I have seen quite a few Ivy graduates who are quite mediocre in their understanding of their subjects - and Harvard graduates are no exception to this. You should not fall into this trap. Concentrate more on your research and gain a good understanding of yo
  9. To give another perspective, I have seen quite a few Art History and Fine Art students from different schools who have got only As and A-s and when I talk to them, I find them very average in their understanding of their subjects - which means that their grades are highly inflated. And this includes the crop from the Ivies. To Francophile1, a letter grade has different meanings in different departments and also in different schools. So, you need to talk to your Advisor or Graduate Co-ordinator about it to get a perspective on this. Normally, B should not be too bad if you're making a GPA a
  10. Can you not request for another chance to enrol for Biochem once again and try to improve your grade? There is no harm in asking about this. You can point out that you're otherwise doing well, so you may be given a second chance at Biochem.
  11. It depends upon the country. In the North America and in Australia, it's the norm to get funded for PhD and one shouldn't go for a PhD program that doesn't offer funding. But in the UK and in the rest of Europe, funding probabilities are mixed. Some top-ranked universities have almost guaranteed funding (also shorter PhD), but there are many universities that don't guarantee funding if you are not from the EU. The question is how badly you want this unfunded PhD from the UK. If you can wait for another cycle and apply for PhDs with guaranteed funding, I think it's better to take th
  12. We needed the STEM people to come here and show Loric where s/he belongs.
  13. While you are a TA in Graduate School, or completing your PhD and looking for a TT position, or alreay teaching in any capacity, a teaching portfolio helps you to advance in your teaching career. Have a look at this link for strategies about how to build a Teaching Portfolio - http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-portfolios/
  14. Squeaxy, From what you say, it looks like you are already in an Undergraduate Program - where your GPA is 9/10. If that is so, I think your profile is good enough to be admitted to a good Graduate Program in Business Studies if you apply closer to completing your Undergraduate Studies. Try to get some internship or volunteer work or some kind of work experience as well, to strengthen your application, although they usually are aware that students from developing countries don't have that many opportunities and hence, it shouldn't matter much that you don't have work experience.
  15. Takeruk, I don't know much about the funding sources of each discipline, but concurring with your view, yes it is not only possible, but necessary for the government to fund both STEM and Humanities/Social Sciences research. Let alone Canada - if you remember the discussion on the academic jobs thread, we found that even Third World universities like those in Brazil and India have more or less equal funding for STEM and Humanities/Social Sciences research. India has an entire Ministry devoted to awarding hundreds of research fellowships in arts and culture every year. But the impor
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