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Found 18 results

  1. Can anyone share experiences with applying to PhD programs with a non philosophy MA degree? Specifically those with interdisciplinary backgrounds or those involved with the arts. My undergraduate degree focused upon philosophy, sound, and technology, while my masters is similar but with visual studies. Both of my degrees are from strong institutions and my undergrad has very high acceptance rates into phd programs, however I am coming from an arts school currently with my MA.
  2. screendoorslams

    2018 Funding & Decisions

    Hi All, I'm pretty bad at navigating this site so forgive me if this thread already exists for 2018 but I've been looking at a 2015 edition of this thread and it seemed really helpful so I figured I'd start one for this year. I'm currently trying to decide between: Rutgers: Interdisciplinary. 2 years. full ride. possibility of GA positions worth 7k a semester. #20 in US News Rankings (don't know how they do these but...) University of Florida: Arts + Technology. 3 years. full ride. 22k/year teaching fellowship (20 hrs/wk). #82 in US News. USC: New Genres. 2 years. Waiting to hear back on funding. #69 in US News. Florida State University: Interdisciplinary. 3 years. full ride. 8k/year teaching fellowship (10 hrs/wk) #69 in US News. I'm currently pretty stuck between Rutgers and UF. It's hard to ignore Rutger's stature and proximity to NY but it's also hard to ignore 22k/year in Gainesville, Florida (this would feel like a fortune) and the added bonus of a 3 year program with lots of individual attention. Any input on either the specific programs or just best modes of thinking for identifying the right school would be super appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  3. I'm curious what are the backgrounds of students in either MIT or Harvard's philosophy PhD programs? Are there any students with non-philosophy, creative, or interdisciplinary backgrounds? MIT is consistently ranked as a top Feminist Philosophy program, however I did not see many students working in that field on their website. Thoughts on the climates of both of these departments?
  4. What are the pros and cons of doing a PhD in an interdisciplinary-type department versus a department that falls in a more traditional box? My research interests lie in computational social science, which straddles computer science, sociology, and (sometimes) political science and linguistics. My undergraduate degree is in a technical field and I have research experience on a computational project in that field. I also have some coursework in the social sciences and research experience in (traditional, not computational) sociology. When I was submitting my applications I found that different universities house computational social science research in different departments--many put it in their sociology department, but some put it in their computer science department, some in their linguistics department, and some in less traditional, interdisciplinary departments (think Cornell Information Science). To cover my bases I applied to both sociology programs with a definite strength in computational social science and also a couple of interdisciplinary programs. I now have acceptances with adequate funding from a well-regarded sociology program and an equally well-regarded interdisciplinary program (wahoo!) and I'm trying to think through the pros and cons of each. Essentially I'm picking between being on the technical side of a sociology program or on the social science side of a semi-technical interdisciplinary program. There are professors whose research interests match well with mine in both programs, and I think I'd be able to do essentially the same sort of research in both places, though the department name is different. When job-searching after finishing a PhD (in academia or in industry), how much does the name of the department your degree came from matter? When in graduate school, is it more advantageous to be in a department with significant breadth (all the faculty in the interdisciplinary program also have appointments in other departments at the university), or significant depth? What else should I be thinking about here? Thanks all, and if you're also waiting on your decisions, best of luck!
  5. Hi, I'm new to this page and also to the grad school search. I graduated in 2015 and have been working and showing since then, not as much as I would like but you live and you learn and time passes quickly. Anyway, I am starting to look into schools to get ready to visit in the coming year and apply the year after that (I have a great studio space where i'm living promised to me for the next 2 years hence the time line). I'm also going to apply for residencies and I imagine that will help hone my intent and my search for schools, but in the meantime I figured I'd better start. One thing I know is that I am not an expert in any particular medium. I got my degree in printmaking and I'm probably most skilled in drawing first, printmaking second, but my work has been installation that incorporates different ways of working. I also went to alfred for ceramics for a short period. I know I want a fairly open, not too technically based program (for instance I like using ceramics in my work, would like access to that, but I wouldn't want to go somewhere where they focus on in depth technical knowledge of the material). I've also considered starting out in printmaking or drawing/painting and just expanding once I get into the program. Or getting a degree in something so I can teach it but also being able to make the kind of work I want to make while I'm there. I'm wondering if anyone knows of good schools that are very open to that fluidity of focus. Either schools whose programs are inherently interdisciplinary or whose programs aren't too rigid. I'm also pretty sure I can only manage to go somewhere that is fully funded/ can give me a stipend as a t.a.? which I understand requires me upping my game to even be considered. a city is a plus. so obviously I'm looking for a unicorn of a school.
  6. Hi there, I am an aspiring PhD applicant for fall 2018 and planning to put in applications in top schools in US/EU. My areas of interest include Gender studies, collective, culture and management. The main dilemma I am facing is, whether to apply in US universities or European universities including UK. When I look up rankings of development studies programs many UK universities come to top. I am still in dilemma what to do. My research topic is not yet decided but I have interest areas which makes applying to UK universities a bit problematic. I need some advise on how to shortlist the target universities for application. My profile: Computer Science grad, Rural development masters (from top institute in India)and 3 years of hardcore development experience based on tribal women collectives. I have no publication. I have average grades throughout, very active in extracurricular and sports. In current job qualitative research tools forms part of daily tasks. I am also capable of conducting quantitative research and can program models in various programming languages. I can get good LoRs as well as writing sample from masters projects. I would appreciate a frank response on how my profile looks and what message it conveys to people who want to make some sense out of it. Any tips for improvement will be a big plus.
  7. ZIsrow

    New Program in the Humanities

    Hello everyone, I would like to raise awareness to a new graduate program in the Humanities with the Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS). The program features courses with world-class faculty (including Alain Badiou and Jean-luc Nancy), opportunities to publish, and an ever-growing community of researchers. You can study full-time or part-time, either in person in the beautiful Maribor, Slovenia, from a distance using the online classroom, or a mixture of the two. In addition to the regular courses, there are short week-long intensive courses that are offered at various locations throughout the year. For example, a course on the Cuban revolution in Havana, or a course with Luce Irigaray in Paris. The Global Center for Advanced Studies offers both a MA (2 years) and a PhD (3 years) in partnership with Alma Mater Europaea. With the goal of GCAS as being able to provide debt-free education, the yearly tuition is 5,000 Euros, with scholarships available to bring tuition down to 3,500 Euros. Here is the link to the homepage of the school: https://globalcenterforadvancedstudies.org/ The Global Center for Advanced Studies is also hosting a summer institute focusing on the theme "Practicing Intellectual Resistance" this summer (June 28th - July 7th) to which all are invited to come and experience GCAS.
  8. Hi, everyone. I know its a little late in the game, but I am still struggling to figure out if my research interests are too narrow for a PhD program. I would really like to do something that combines literature and psychoanalysis; maybe an in-depth textual exploration of specific psychoanalytic concepts across different literary periods. My MA dissertation focuses on a similar thing, but in the realm of poetry, and at a much smaller scale. Looking at the faculty of different universities, I believe that SUNY, Duke, UC Davis and a few others will be the best fit for me. However, I read somewhere that admission committees prefer candidates with more traditional research interests. Is this true? If not, does anyone have any suggestions regarding mid-tier PhD programs with a focus on psychoanalysis? I could really use some help, especially since I am international student (from India).
  9. Hi everyone! I'm a little late coming to the cycle for this year, but better late than never. My problem is that I just don't know where to start. I'm going to graduate with a Master's in Political Science (UN and Global Policy Studies at Rutgers University) in May and I want to pursue a PhD but I'm just not sure what department might be a good fit. I'm looking at International schools as well as US based schools. I do have a few professors who have said they'd write me letters of recommendation. My biggest issue is I can't figure out how to put all my interests together in a cohesive way. My research interests run along the lines of cultural attitudes, mental health issues, democracy, globalization, gender inequality, sustainable development, identity, and democracy. I'm currently interested in how social/racial/gender/economic inequalities affect democratic participation. Also I have no idea how to start reaching out to people in departments that might be interested in working with me. Advice?
  10. raulr29

    Rejected... Need advice

    Hello, I'm an international student with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from a reputed Indian University. I am my batch topper with a GPA of 9.43/10. Subsequent upon on completion of my studies, I worked as Production Engineer in India's Oil and Gas E&P company for 4 years. I have a decent GRE score of 167/153/4.0 and TOEFL score of 105. I applied for UT Austin, TAMU and Penn State. But, all universities rejected my applications. The reason is unknown to me. Kindly guide me to apply in more effective way for Spring 2017.
  11. Hey guys it's getting quite late and I keep waiting. I haven't come accross many other applicants from this program, is any of you out there waiting? If so are you in the dark as well?
  12. All the other interdisciplinary fields seem pretty well represented here, so I figured I'd chime in on behalf of this season's STS applicants. Where are you applying? What is your proposal? Are you applying to strictly interdisciplinary programs or have you thrown in a more conventional program? I'm going mostly interdisciplinary, but have also applied to Columbia's MPH in Sociomedical Sciences. Can't hurt! I have my eye on MIT's HASTS program in the future, but am looking for a terminal MA beforehand to beef up my qualifications. Since graduating, I have been working in PR and haven't had a chance to do much academic work. My research area is identity/selfhood in relation to new techniques in biotechnology and the "posthuman." I plan on grounding my critical and theoretical work in an ethnographic survey of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs. OK! Your turn.
  13. I know a lot of area studies and other interdisciplinary subjects fall in MALS departments -- anyone waiting on these for 2012? February is going SLOWLY and I know it's likely I won't hear until late March or even early April. Let's commiserate! I am waiting on NYU (Gallatin), CUNY and NSSR.... Are you worried about being one of "those" students if you go for a liberal studies degree? Do you already have one? Let's not let the PhD applicants have all the fun.
  14. Hi everyone, I applied to mostly Sociology programs for fall '12 because I had this grand vision of myself incorporating Iranian Studies into Sociology (silly me), and now the denials are coming from all sides. Luckily, I applied to Middle Eastern Studies MA programs at a few schools - UT, UWashington, and UChicago. I got accepted to UT but I'm kind of leaning away from it because I did my undergrad there, although it seems I may not have much choice in the matter. Other than waiting and reapplying again for programs that start in the spring (I can't wait another year, my job is burning me out). I'm just curious as to y'all's opinions on these programs, or what y'all might do in this situation. Also if anyone is currently at UT in this or a similar program, I'd love to hear from you too. Thanks in advance!
  15. Has anyone here applied, and heard anything, from Harvard's History of American Civ program this year? The results survey shows a scant two replies, and I'm taking to the forums in a feeble attempt to make myself feel like there's something I can do to have a slight modicum of control over the decision. So, anyone heard anything?
  16. Has anyone had an interview or been accepted to Vanderbilt's Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Biomedical Sciences? If so, when did you apply, what are your stats, and when did you get your interview/acceptance? I turned in my application January 6th and have not heard back yet, so I'm getting worried. My Quantitative GRE scores and my undergrad GPA kind of sucked, but I did well in my verbal GRE and my graduate GPA is a 3.5. Thanks!
  17. Hi all, I have a few programs I'm applying to that don't fit neatly into any other category so I made one up. They include Emory's ILA program, UC-Irvine's Visual Studies program, Berkeley's Performance Studies, and Duke's Literature Program (I know, I know, check Literature. But I think Duke's program is a little bit unique). Anyone else applying to interdisciplinary programs for Fall 2012 and waiting to hear back?
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