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  1. Just graduated with Psychology and Human Development bachelors degrees. Got into a developmental PhD program in the 2018 cycle but turned it down due to poor fit/funding. Starting to look at programs for the 2019 cycle and am interested in applying to some MSc programs at UK schools. Interested in Autism research and a lot of the Autism work in the UK is very interesting and progressive. Has anyone from the US applied to/attended a UK program for grad school? I'm a little lost on the timeline and the funding options. I'm also not sure if I should be looking at MSc taught or research courses or a DPhil courses. I've heard UK programs are more intense/independent than US programs prepare you for and that it can be an easier transition to start in a MSc course. My long term goal is a PhD in developmental or cognitive psychology.
  2. saychat

    Stanford 2018

    Hello there everyone I'm from India, and I'll be joining Stanford for a PhD in Chemistry, this Fall! I'm sure there are quite a few peeps here who're going to Stanford: we should connect! (We can make a group or something like that ) Does anyone have any idea when we should hear back from our departments? I accepted the offer yesterday. Cheers!
  3. CancerBiology

    PhD in Cancer Biology

    Hello everyone! I am new in this Forum so I don't exactly know how it works... But anyway, I am going to explain my situation and see if I can get any help (which I would really appreciate). I am planning to apply to my PhD this fall as an international student. I am from Europe and I did my bachelor there. It is my first time ever applying to an American university, so any advice would be helpful. - Bachelor/Masters in Pharmacy (I put Masters because it takes 5 years, it is considered Bachelor+Master in Europe, and I have a paper that gives it the academic equivalence to Doctor of Pharmacy in the US, if that works). My GPA is 7.1/10. I know. Everyone is going to think that is really low, but in Europe and in pharmacy school, nobody has a GPA of 9/10, for example. So mine is pretty good at my university. I also have honors in my final thesis (cancer-related) and it is considered the best thesis of my promotion. - Research experience: one semester as an undergrad (around 25 h per week), 6 month as an exchange student in America (no classes, just research), currently doing research in one of the Top20 Universities in the U.S. (not an Ivy, but ranked better than most of them). By the time I apply my experience in this last university will be of 1 year but by the time I start my PhD it would be of 2 years. - Other experience: 1 year as a retail pharmacist, 6 month internship as a clinical pharmacist in a Hospital in Europe. - Publications: 3 posters (2 Top European conferences and 1 at the university that I am working in right now) but no PubMed publications... - Speaker at one conference. - Lots of volunteering in Heathcare. I also just got a 6-month fellowship (cancer-related) from a really prestigious foundation, only 27 people in the U.S got it and it was one per institution. TOEFL: I took it a while ago and I got a 104, the minimum required is 100 in most Ivys, maybe I will retake it if I have time. GRE: Haven't taken it yet but I am currently studying for it, I am planning to take it in one month. GRE Biology: is it worth taking it? I wanted to apply to Ivy leagues and high-ranked universities for my PhD in Cancer Biology, but I also want to be realistic and know honest opinions as if I stand any chance to get in. Thank you!
  4. Hello everyone,,, Now I got accepted with an assistantship offer into a university in America. Still, this university is not my favorite option. So, I'm thinking about also applying to the Japanese government scholarship (next May), & to an Australian university that has a research center which I'm highly interested in its research (next July). But since I can't guarantee that I'll get accepted into any of these two scholarships, & I don't want to waste a year of my life, so I will meanwhile go to the American university, & start to prepare to travel there. & the results of the two Japanese & Australian scholarships appear after the start of the academic year in America! However I I'd like your opinion about whether to go ahead & apply also to those two scholarships, especially two questions: 1) While starting my academic year in the American university, if I find out that I got accepted in the Japanese or Australian scholarship, is it possible to leave that university to go to the other one in either Japan or Australia? 2) Is it possible to do the visa procedures for traveling to Japan or Australia inside the US, although I'm Egyptian & not American?
  5. AaishaSaeed1

    Looking for funding

    Hi. I got admitted in the MA in Women's History program at Sarah Lawrence College for Fall 2018. I am from Karachi, Pakistan and cannot afford to fund grad school myself. What options do I have other than the partial scholarships being offered by SLC?
  6. Hi guys, I had a school get back to me saying that they will look at the international student pool only after their domestic quota is full, and that I should expect interview calls only in April. Is this the norm with most PhD programs ? Does the April 15 deadline apply to international student ? I had seen domestic students get acceptances in March and had completely given up hope. Does international admissions follow the same timeline as domestic ? Or do I still have some hope left ?
  7. firefoxquantum

    Late applications

    Is there anyone browsing who still has at least one application to be submitted or recently submitted? I'd love to talk and know.
  8. Leo9

    NEGOTIATE or WIN A LOTTERY

    HIIIIIII EVERYONE I GOT admitted to PENN STATE and was offered 25k for 2 years, (12,250$ per year) plus 2,500K for any internship and such, I am really grateful for the offer, but i need 100% funding in order to attend since the school's estimated cost is around 50K for one year (I am an INTERNATIONAL Student), I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO, and yes i have researched every database, website on the internet for scholarships and because of various reasons, age, work experience, country residency, major and stuff there was no suitable scholarship out there, THEREFORE, i have no choice but to TRY negotiate with the school if any of you have negotiated before, please provide me tips ANY ADVICE will DO
  9. kit67

    Unfunded PhD...?

    I was recently accepted into my dream PhD program at a British school with an excellent reputation (which is very exciting!!). I’m still waiting to hear about the two internal funding opportunities I applied for, but I know it's possible that I may not receive any funding. My question is…should I still accept the PhD if I don’t get any funding? Or do I turn it down? (I’ve outlined some pros and cons below.) Pros: - It’s a very well-respected school with an excellent program for what I want to study. I may not get another chance like this anytime soon. - It’s something I’ve wanted to do forever and would help me progress toward my dream of being an academic. - I would get to live with my fiancé and we could finally start our lives together (we’ve been long distance for 3 years now, with him in the UK and me in the US). Cons: - Even though I received many scholarships, I still have quite a bit of student loan debt from a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees. I don’t exactly enjoy the idea of more student loan debt... I know I could take out a loan for only for the first year and try to secure funding for the other two years, but there's no guarantee I would find funding in the end. - I’m in a Humanities field…so self-funding a PhD wouldn’t necessarily pay off later in terms of an increased salary or anything like that. - I’ve read that self-funding a PhD is looked down upon in academia and may limit my chances of getting an academic job after finishing the program. Please help! I think I should probably say no to the unfunded PhD, but maybe I'm wrong...? Thank you in advance!!!
  10. Hi there! I've always been told that it is wise to listen to experienced people, so I would like to know your opinion in the following matter. I have studied an undergraduate degree in Europe, in aerospace engineering, a field that I love. I've been granted a scholarship to study in the US a graduate program (master's degree). Given my qualities and interests, I would like to eventually work on a engineering management job, in the space field if possible. I feel like I have learnt a lot in my undergrad degree of technical knowledge, but I feel I still have lots to learn about management... So what do you reckon is wiser, to keep doing a specialized master's degree and thus achieve a greater level of technical expertise, let's say in space engineering, or start doing an engineering management degree instead, in order to complement my already existing technical basis? Please also take into account that as long as it's possible, I'd like to stay in the US after studying and work there, despite how hard I have gathered it is for international students... Thanks a lot,
  11. Hi everyone, I applied to a variety of MFA and MA programs in fiction writing, including the MA program at Concordia University in Montreal, QC, Canada. I am from the US, thus an international applicant. Today, I received a weird email from someone in financial aid, providing important links for financial aid resources. It thanks me for my interest in CU, and says that " Once you have been accepted we can discuss your program costs, your budget and determine what resources are available to you." I found this email very weird. I've never received anything like it from another program. "Once you're accepted" sounds like I have been preliminarily accepted...? Would they really send out a tease like this to everyone, including rejected applicants? Seems strange and ultimately unfair. Just wondering if anyone has received this or seen this before? At this point in the process, I am looking for any glimmer of hope I can get. Am I reading into this too much, haha? Thank you for the help!
  12. Hi fellow applicants! I believe all of us are in the same boat when it comes to decision making. While applying to every university, I looked at the pros of their curriculum, but now that I have a few admits, I am unable to weigh them against each other to decide the precedence. Coming from a non-public affairs/government sector/humanities background, I have a basic idea of my field of study during Masters, but no prior experience to help me determine where I ultimately want to end up working. Hell, I am not even convinced I do not want a career in academics - a small research experience in the field over the last few years has me convinced that I might want to pursue a doctorate for all I know. One thing I know for sure is that I intend to return to my country, and so the regular DC career vs. other careers in the US that we regularly see on this forum do not really apply to me. The factors I am weighing in as of now are: How well the education can be extrapolated in the context of my native. The sort of research at the university in my area of interest (technology ethics) Flexibility of curriculum, that may allow me to explore the wide domain of my choice and establish a niche over the next few years Obviously, the financial aid I receive! How are you guys planning to make this very important decision ultimately?
  13. Hello all, I am a former international student who completed an honours ba degree in Canada, and I am currently on post-graduation work permit. As you might be aware, there are not many funding opportunities for international students. So, I was wondering, is it better to become a Permanent Resident first and then apply to grad school (hence more funding, more spots, less competition) or should I go for grad school as an international student if I get admitted (limited spots, more competition, higher tuition)? I have already applied to 6 schools this year and I started working in January. After I complete 1560 hours (around Oct-Nov 2018), I'll be able to apply to PR through Express Entry. Should I wait for PR or go for grad school as an international student in Canada?
  14. Hello everyone. Hope this get answered. I was accepted to both UC Davis and the university of Washington for an M.S. in electrical engineering. I am an international student, and till now I didn't receive any words regarding funding. I am interested in communication and signal processing fields, mainly wireless communications' structure. At first, I was leaning towards the university of Washington, but reading more about each university's research and labs made me hesitant. From what I read, UW communication research field is not as robust as UC Davis, and by that I mean UC Davis department focus matches more with my own. UW EE department seems more focused on robotics, data acquisition and analysis, and electrical properties of materials. Apart from the research and academic aspects, both Seattle and Davis have their distinct appeals. Seattle, I think, has the perfect city vibe and strong companies presence. Davis on the other hand sounds like a great safe college town. Again, I am an international student, so sadly I cant visit campuses and compare departments, surroundings, supervisors, etc. Can someone please help me decide which program to attend? I would greatly appreciate if someone could double check the department research focuses I mentioned above for UW and UC Davis. Which one would you choose as an international masters' EE student, with focus on communications? Thank you all and good luck with your applications.
  15. Awaiting decision on application for matriculation F18 at McGill.
  16. Hey guys, I was offered a place at the University of Bath to do my masters in Microbiology. The only problem is that I can't really afford the cost of paying as an international student. I was looking online and mostly found scholarships for 3rd world country students. So I was wondering if anyone knew of any scholarships that US students can apply to. Thanks!
  17. Hello!! has anyone heard from the IMP program of Emory University? Had submitted application in October. Still not heard anything. I even mailed them to ask but got no reply. Neither do i see any updates from anyone on this site. Anyone has any idea what they are upto??
  18. A question that applies perhaps to those that don't study the history of their country, i.e. studying American history as an American. As a European, I'm focusing on 20th century Russian/Soviet history. My contact with scholars from Russia recently made me realize how different their academic culture is from where I come (although I was prepared for it): professional careers, modes of research and writing, styles of publication and so. While language is totally not the issue, I sometimes have problems in sharing my ideas (say, how I'd like to contribute to theoretical debates on my topic). I don't want to generalize at all, but I do feel that not everybody seems to be receptive to my ideas. While it can be a case of different research focus, it seems rather that certain topics or ways of discussing them are totally not on their radar. Anybody who had similar experiences and advice on how to close gaps with academics from different parts of the world (e.g. Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia; vice versa as well of course). Which problems did you encounter?
  19. PhoenixMu

    Upenn CAMB 18

    Has any international student received interview invitation from Cell and Molecular Biology program from Upenn this year?
  20. Dear Gradcafe community, As an international student, I can not afford to study at the US on my own funds. So I looked towards other means of funding and I have secured the Fulright award in a second tier policy program for 2018. HOWEVER, there is a big downside to Fulbright - grantees have (and I've made it bold to show that staying in the US is simply not an option legally) to return immediately to their home country right after the program ends. This means the US job market is off for me. Because of this (I really, really want to gain professional work experience in the US), I was considering applying to graduate policy programs that are known to give aid, for 2018, and then compare them as alternative options to my Fulbright. The most well known of these, of course, is Princeton's WWS and the fully funded program if offers, the MPA. Now, what I want to know is what kind of people WWS admits, and whether I have a shot at it or not, no matter how small. You see, if you look at the MPA statistics on the WWS "Graduate Admissions Viewbook", you see some pretty intimidating numbers. Like, really, off the chart numbers, on a whole different league compared to other programs. 65% of applicants have 4 or greater years of work experience. Only 15% have less than 3 years of work experience. 76% have GPA above 3.7, and the highest percentiles on the GRE are also pretty average for the WWS MPA applicant. Now, what would really help me out is if someone already enrolled in the WWS MPA program or a graduate of the program could tell me about the class profiles at WWS. Of course, I would also appreciate advice from the rest of the Gradcafe community. If the WWS seems like a bit too competitive for my profile, what would you guys recommend I do? Take the Fulbright and just do the second-tier program and then return to my home country, squashing my dream of working in the US (and keep in mind that there is not much use of my MPA degree in my home country)? Or forfeit the award this year and try my luck next year by improving my profile for WWS? Please keep in mind that I just can not afford self-financed programs and am certainly not going to take debt for any unless they are solid return-on-investment options (which are those by the way? HKS? SAIS? Or do none exist - its a gamble with all of them?) And of course, also keep in mind the H1B visa issue - is it true that even if one is a top profile candidate, a WWS MPA graduate or HKS MPP graduate with a job or two already secured, the H1B lottery and simply send him home despite all his achievements? In other words, is studying the US to look for work afterwards in the country just not possible anymore? Especially after a policy degree? Thanks, Fulbright award grantee who wants to spend some years working in the US PS One last thing, what programs other than WWS MPA are know to give substantial amounts of aid?
  21. Hi, I apologise if I'm posting in the wrong place but application deadlines are approaching and I'm freaking out! I'm applying for Columbia's CS PhD program and there was a transcript section that said to mail our official transcripts as well as scan and electronic copy. However, I'm an international student - my transcripts are in English, but they aren't using the US 4.0 scale. The instructions for that section wasn't very clear as they said to mail "official" transcripts which I'm assuming are sealed with your university stamp/sticker on the envelope. However, they also said in their FAQs that we have to get our transcripts converted to the 4.0 scale. Anyone applied before and knows what they want? If they require the conversion, then I have a very tight schedule to get the conversion done in time for Dec 15. Another question I have is, can I apply for a Masters and PhD at the same time through MICE? I know for the PhD applications they ask if we would like to be considered for the MS program if we didn't get in but I recall the MS applications are considered on a rolling basis. Hence, I would like to apply for the two separately and wouldn't mind paying that extra application fees. If any international students have applied to Columbia before, please help me! I have emailed a bunch of times over the past month or so and did not get a single response.
  22. My undergrad marksheets are of two types: 1. A single sheet with all the final marks for each subect and course throughout my 8 semesters (no papers repeated visible). 2. Separate marksheets for each semester and paper repeated(8 + repeated papers). I have transcripts for both types. Can I upload type 1 with no repercussions?
  23. Hello everyone, I am applicant from India wanting to apply for Masters program in Data Science/Data Analytics/Computational Chemical Engineering. My humble request is to review my profile and suggest me some universities I should target for applying to the Masters programs. Also, if someone could suggest any chances of obtaining a funded masters opportunity at some universities, it would be awesome ! Thanks in advance ! Profile: - Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) with GPA of 9.3/10 - Major in Chemical Engineering with Minor in Computer Science and Engineering - 2 years and 3 months work experience as a Data Scientist and Analyst at a BigData Analytics startup - GRE Score : 320 (153 Verbal, 167 Quant, 5.0 in AWA ) out of 340 - TOEFL iBT Score : 116 out of 120
  24. I saw a similar question like this on this forum already and the responses encouraged the asker to be specific about their needs. I am happy to study in Europe or America (or somewhere else). My family resides in the Midwest of America. I want to use this degree in public policy work. I am fine with the degree title being combined with some other related focus that I’ve interest in. I am of Iranian desent, speak Farsi, Spanish and English. I want to learn about conflict and history in the Middle East as it pertains to the current conflicts Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey face, among other countries. I want to ultimately help inform the U.S. through public service work after obtaining this degree. Can you guys help me narrow my research down to a few schools that would be a good fit for me? Preferences: a school that provides funding. is in Europe or America. small classses. more papers than tests. thanks
  25. Hi, I am planning to apply to a MSc course for 2018 in the UK. I need 2 academic referees and I don't know who to contact for the 2nd letter. My counseling professor agreed to write the 1st letter and I am deciding upon 2 other professors for the 2nd one. 1. A professor who is very fluent in English (he is American and I go to uni in South Korea) with alot of experience writing recommendations. However I heard all his letters have similar context so if I apply to the same department a former graduate have applied to with his letter, the admission office will probably read the same thing with a different name. 2. A Korean professor whom I took all her classes throughout uni. She knows me well but her field of study is unrelated with the department I am applying for and she is not a fluent English speaker. I respect both professors but I can't decide who to email. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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