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  1. Hello all, I am currently a junior at a large public university in the Midwest, majoring in History and minoring in German and Medieval Studies. I intend to apply to grad programs next fall, my main interest being the late Roman Empire and the successor kingdoms, especially Late Roman North Africa and the Vandal period. Maybe it's a bit premature, but I want to make sure I'm doing what I can to improve my chances, so I have a few questions I hope someone can shed some light on. First, languages. I have pretty good German, and I will have taken the equivalent of 6 semesters by the end of this year (having tested out of the first two semesters as a freshman). My interest in this subfield came rather late, so I have no Latin as of now, which I feel is my biggest weakness. I've been looking into summer intensives, like the CUNY Latin/Greek Institute program, which would work quite well for me since I can take advantage of in-state tuition and live at home while doing it. Is this an appropriate program to look into at this stage? If so, should I look to do it this upcoming summer, and try to take some more advanced Latin courses next year? I also have a (very rusty) foundation in French, having taken three years in high school. In terms of interesting programs, I've identified Brown (Conant), Harvard (McCormick), Penn State (Kulikowsky), Princeton (Reimitz), Leicester (Andy Merrills), and Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin (Stefan Esders). Andy Merrills' work interests me the most right now, though I understand I would need an MA to apply for a European PhD and funding might be hard to come by. Any other people I should be looking into, either as potential advisers or just for exposure to the field? I've also thought about studying abroad in Germany next fall, hopefully at FUB, but I'm not sure if I'd be better off doing coursework here, especially since I'll be doing applications then. Undergrads also have the opportunity to do research projects advised by faculty (separate from the senior capstone thesis), would that be of value to my applications? Thanks for your input!
  2. I'm fairly new to grad cafe so sorry if I'm doing this wrong but I need some advice. I'm an aspiring history professor but I only have one language under my belt (French) and know that I definitely need to pick up Latin before applying to Ph.D. programs. I also have an average undergraduate background and would like to improve my chances of getting into a top 30 history Ph.D. program. That being said, I realize that some of the programs I'm applying to will be a reach. I'm looking into getting my MA in either history or medieval studies. I'll detail some of my academic background below Some of my research interests: Medieval and early modern Europe, Women/gender/sexuality (this is the most prominent), Historical theology/church history, historical perceptions of witchcraft and magic, history of literature and culture (specifically Arthurian studies, folklore, and fairytales), female monarchs GPA: 3.58 (with a strong upward trend and a 3.85 history GPA). Other: haven't taken the GRE yet, currently completing an undergraduate honors thesis relevant to what I want to study in graduate school, participated in a study abroad research program which excavated medieval ruins in Italy TLDR: I'm looking into history and medieval studies MA programs and would like feedback if anyone has knowledge about the reputation of these programs or can recommend others. History MAs: -Baylor University -University of Missouri (although the POI I'm looking into doesn't seem to be taking students at the moment) -University of New Mexico -Syracuse -Clemson -Colorado at Boulder -UNC Charlotte -Tufts -Claremont -U Chicago MAPSS (I've heard so many mixed reviews on this program) -St. Andrews (also looking into other UK programs but I'm not sure I can afford it) Medieval Studies: -U Conn -Fordham -Colombia -SMU -St. Andrews
  3. Last year @loganondorf started a topic for medieval applicants in the Literature forum, which was a great little group for those of us who applied last year, regardless of discipline. I thought I'd poach it for the History forum this year! So: if you're a medievalist, what are your areas of interest? What are your languages and how do you like to practice? Where are you thinking of applying? What are you up to at the moment? I'm on my second application round, after successes with MA programs in the UK that unfortunately did not come with sufficient funding. I work on later medieval science and technology, with a focus on cross-cultural intellectual exchange. I'll be applying to MA and PhD programs (working on finalizing the list) and working on Latin and German in my free time! In addition to those, I have pretty reasonable working proficiency in French, which I learned in high school and college. I graduated a few years ago, so I've been living and working in NYC for the time being. Looking forward to hearing from you!
  4. Hey! I am new to this, so forgive me if I am missing helpful info. I have just been accepted to Trinity College Dublin for the Art History MPhil, as well as to both the History and Art History MA programs at University College Dublin. I am American but my research interests brought me to applying for programs in Ireland. I would like to expand upon the research I conducted for my undergraduate thesis, which focused on the possible Celtic influences on Mont-Saint-Michel. I am unsure as to whether I would like to ultimately go into curating or academia. I am almost sold on accepting Trinity's offer and applying for their Global Excellence Scholarship ; however, the ARTH faculty at UCD has been incredibly inviting and even asked for a Skype interview, in which they proceeded to tell me how I would be a terrific fit. I believe they will offer at least partial funding, as the History program did. Help!! Have any American students had success with applying for funding at Trinity? Should I just be content with the acceptance even if it is not on scholarship? Thankfully, full tuition is a small fraction of what it would cost in the US.... EDIT: I suppose I should add some details. Graduated in May 2017 with 3.98 GPA from a solid state school in New York with two majors, French and Art History, and two minors, Spanish and Museum Studies. I am fluent in French (passed C1 DALF exam following course at the Sorbonne), advanced in Spanish. I utilize both languages in my research. I have not yet taken the GRE. I am also wondering if an MPhil at Trinity would place me in decent standing for a PhD in the US? It appears Trinity is ranked fairly well worldwide but I would appreciate anyone's insight. Thank you.
  5. Any recommendations for PhD programs in 16th- and 17th-century Italian art? I have already have an MA in Art History and solid language skills. I know that in the past five years a number of scholars in Early Modern art have retired, especially in the Baroque and the 17th century, so I am also considering working with scholars who focus on Medieval or Renaissance Italian art. Of course, funding is also a concern. Thoughts?
  6. Lately, I've gotten into the habit of looking back through old GC threads to distract myself from the waiting game. One thread that looked particularly helpful to past applicants was the medieval-specific conversation, and I thought we could start it up again for this round of applications. Especially since there's a good chance some of us will end up in programs together, it'll be fun to start building relationships now! If you're a medievalist, what's your focus/what are your areas of interest? Working on anything particularly fun at the moment? Gotten any responses yet from programs? I tend to have done most of my work with late medieval English texts, though I do have a keen and burgeoning interest in the sagas, and I'd like to explore that further. My particular areas of interest lie in medieval community formation and in medieval understandings of cognitive processes -- the bulk of my academic background has been in linguistics, and I'm fascinated by the cognitive elements of language. So far I've gotten a yes from Pittsburgh, an interview with ND, and rejections from Northwestern and Wisconsin-Madison. Looking forward to getting to know you all!
  7. Thanks to a generous donation by the Estate of Daphne Davis Kendis, the University of Mississippi's Department of English annually awards the Harold J. Kendis Fellowship to the top-ranked Ph.D. applicant pursuing Medieval Studies. Please visit http://medieval.olemiss.edu for more information. Harold J. Kendis Fellowship 2017.docx
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