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  1. For all those waiting it out for Oxford
  2. I'm going to be starting my MSc in Social Data Science at the OII this fall. I was wondering if any other OII students (MSc, DPhil, SDS, Social Science of the Internet... doesn't matter) have heard back from Oxford, the OII or their college about funding. The department has been pretty tight lipped when I've asked about the process of allocating scholarships/departmental awards. Is there something I'm missing here? I'm interested to hear other's experiences; especially from incoming/present OII students.
  3. Hi all, I got admitted into PhD programs in Geology/Earth & Planetary Science at Caltech, Harvard, Cornell, and Oxford. I am an international student (from Colombia) with a Fulbright scholarship and deciding where to go has been very difficult for me so far. - Caltech: Pros: Awesome advisors, program structure, approach to research, research areas Cons: Very few Latin American students at Caltech, it takes 5 years to complete the program - Harvard: Pros: Excellent university reputation, research area Cons: I have been told my PI is not very good with grad students, weather, it takes 5 years to complete the program - Cornell: Pros: Get along well with PI, research areas, it takes only 3-4 years to complete the program Cons: Facilities are not available at the moment, weather - Oxford: Pros: I already know the PI (have co-authored a couple of papers), research project is already defined, Excellent university reputation, it takes only 3-4 years to complete the program Cons: Very little monthly stipend, Fulbright does not work in the UK, very far from home If you have any opinions/suggestions/experiences, that would be of much help to me to decide. I don't know well the American or British systems, so all these options are kind of unknown for me. Furthermore, I was only able to visit Caltech as other visits had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Thanks.
  4. Hi folks. I have shortlisted these two from a handful of offers as final contenders for grad school destination. This turns out to be a much harder decision than I imagined. Below I try to list all that I can think of right now. There are generic factors and there are factors that are really specific to me. Basic info: The Oxford offer is a non-funded program under the supervision of a moderately renowned professor (I rate his academic prestige at 8/10) and a Royal Society Fellow co-advisor (10/10). I can apply to China Scholarship Council (hopes are slim though) but the cost is manageable for my family as well. The Rochester offer is full-funded, with principal supervisor a newly recruited Assistant Prof. (5/10) and a renowned co-advisor (9/10). The domains of research are different, with Oxford focusing on knowledge representation theory / ontology, and Rochester on data mining. Ox Pros: Much higher academic prestige for both the department and the supervisor Alumni connection from both the department and the college I will be working on well-established frameworks with a lot done by previous students and faculties Program looks shorter on papers, at 3-4 years. I checked the homepage of previous students in my group and they typically graduate in 4-5 years Perhaps - the name Oxford comes with some extra recognition Ox Cons: Money. Even though I can afford it, it's still a thing Relative shortage of a Chinese / Asian community. Not entirely sure UK PhDs are considered of less value than US ones Separation from my gf for at least 4 years. She will be attending some MS in California and will definitely not go to UK afterwards. I value the relationship highly UR Pros: I know the co-advisor personally, he's a remote relative of mine. Which probably means less pushing Abundance of peers of similar ethnicity, less risk of isolation Alumni connection is also not bad here, especially considering the industry I will be the first generation PhD student of this AP, a fact that comes with perks and risks Easier to maintain my relationship UR Cons: Much harder to publish under an AP than under the President / Editor in chief / Founder of many stuff in the respective field Very little pre-established framework for research Program takes longer with a higher bar on publication for graduation Larger risk of deferral regarding COVID-19. US visa is also notoriously hard for Chinese applicants, even those with offers I will regret gravely after rejecting either offer. It's a matter of which one should I regret less.
  5. Hi all, I got admitted into PhD programs in Geology/Earth & Planetary Science at Caltech, Harvard, Cornell, and Oxford. I am an international student with a Fulbright scholarship and deciding where to go has been very difficult for me so far. - Caltech: Pros: Awesome advisors, program structure, approach to research, research areas Cons: Very few Latin American students at Caltech, it takes 5 years to complete the program - Harvard: Pros: Excellent university reputation, research area Cons: I have been told my PI is not very good with grad students, weather, it takes 5 years to complete the program - Cornell: Pros: Get along well with PI, research areas, it takes only 3-4 years to complete the program Cons: Facilities are not available at the moment, weather - Oxford: Pros: I already know the PI (have co-authored a couple of papers), research project is already defined, Excellent university reputation, it takes only 3-4 years to complete the program Cons: Very little monthly stipend, Fulbright does not work in the UK, very far from home If you have any opinions/suggestions/experiences, that would be of much help to me to decide. I don't know well the American or British systems, so all these options are kind of unknown for me. Furthermore, I was only able to visit Caltech as other visits had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Thanks.
  6. Hello everyone, I've heard back from most programs I have applied to and have been given around one month to make final decisions. I'm an American-European dual citizen and have lived in Germany, France and the United States (and am fluent in those languages). I was admitted to 1) one-year program in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies at Stanford University without any funding. I'll get FAFSA and have another scholarship that will pay around ~10,000$. Pros: name recognition (!), small cohort (~5-7), very interesting classes and great professors, chance to learn more regional languages Cons: no funding, relocation to the West Coast, high cost of living in Cali, "only" one year - is this enough time for me to get the most out of the project? 2) dual degree between the Fletcher School (MALD) and the College of Europe (European Interdisciplinary Studies) with 12,000$ at Fletcher (and yet unknown sum) at the College. Pros: amazing schools, some funding, I know Tufts/Fletcher already and have contacts there for internships/TA positions etc., degrees from two continents, mandatory internship, professional school, contact with military fellows and many international students, Boston Cons: name recognition is not as high as at other schools, only one semester is spent at the College of Europe, strong transatlantic focus which isn't necessarily my primary region of interest but surely very important, maybe too professional in focus? 3) MPhil in Russian and East European Studies at Oxford University with yet unknown funding. Two-year program. Pros: amazing school with great name recognition, research focus, great opportunities and languages (Georgian, Russian etc.) Cons: Brexit situation and unclear future, relocation to the UK, less classes of which I have taken some already, less guidance and focus on independent work/research 4) Masters in International Security at Sciences Po Pros: cheaper than the other programs, name recognition, great and interesting classes, flexible third semester (exchange, thesis, internship) Cons: I did my bachelor's here (am I boring to go there for my master's as well?), no large focus/expertise on Russia/Eastern Europe, I enjoy the American system a lot more than the French system I'm still waiting on a decision from a one-year program at the College of Europe I am considering applying for the dual degree between Sciences Po and MGIMO, but unsure if this dual degree is as good as the other options that I currently have or if I'd even consider going there (see reasons not to attend Sciences Po again). Which program do you think would be best? Does name recognition outweigh financial considerations? Should I still apply to the dual degree Sciences Po-MGIMO? Thanks a lot!
  7. I had a Skype interview for PhD. in oxford last week. They told me they will have their decision within mid. March, but if I need an earlier decision then I'll contact them. 1. The interview was not terrible, and I could answer most of their questions, but I got confused in few questions (not necessarily the most difficult ones...). How good should my interview be in order to get an offer? 2. Do you think it's a good idea to ask for an earlier decision, or it may reduce my chances to get an offer / funding? Thanks!
  8. Hi there! I am currently applying to the MPhil in Political Theory at Oxford and have come across difficulties writing my personal statement. I am not sure if I am having troubles understanding what exactly is needed from me because I am foreign to UK universities (as well as grad school haha), so I am hoping someone can help me figure this out: The "How to Apply" Section on the website describes what to include in the personal statement, and mentions that I should "give an indication of the area of my proposed research project", but I am really uncertain as to what that actually means. In the second year of the MPhil I would have to write a thesis for which the website provides options that earlier years had, would this be the research project alluded to earlier? Does that mean I should already know what I would want to write about, without even knowing which areas might be offered next year? It also seems that they would like me to be very specific about "the extent of your research question, sources and method". Do you think this is a decisive part of the application? I realize I should have finished this much earlier, but my current schedule did not allow me to put much time aside before the holidays, and I did not realize the extent of the specificity required from me at this point. I would be super grateful for any insight on how to understand this part of the personal statement! Cheers, Johanna
  9. Hello Everyone Came across this forum as I await my decision for Oxford MPP 2020-21, would love to discuss more about BSG at large and how is the wait going on for all you folks.
  10. Hi all, I know it's a vague question but anyone in the contemporary art history and theory DPhil programme in Oxford(http://www.rsa.ox.ac.uk/study/dphil/dphil-programme)? or has anyone heard of it? It seems a perfect program for me in many respects, but I'm not sure whether it's an outstanding one in this field. Thanks in advance!
  11. Does it matter which undergrad university my client went to? Is gaining upper 2:1 from St Andrews reduce a chance of getting offered a BPhil in Philosophy or MPhil in Economics at Oxford or Harvard?
  12. I thought this was the best place to ask these questions, so... Which Oxford masters programme is easier to get in; Economics, Sociology or Philosophy? I have a client who wants to know. Also, does it matter which undergrad uni he went to? He currently studies at a top uni in Scotland (St Andrews or Edinburgh - I am not at liberty to say which, sorry). Currently studies Economics and Philosophy, but could switch to Sociology as he like it as well. Also by studying which is it easier to gain a job at a university? Thank you all for your answers!
  13. Given that funding is uncertain at every stage in the UK, what are the odds of continuing onto a funded PhD/DPhil in Oxbridge after MPhil? How many students in social/cultural anthropology convert successfully and how many of them secure full funding? If they don't get a satisfactory offer at Oxbridge or in the UK, what's the next best option? US anthro PhDs typically take 7-8 years over 3 in the UK, so is it a good option? Also, how are Oxbridge MPhils seen by US adcomms in sociocultural anthro? Alternately, what are other good places to do a PhD? Leiden, ANU etc. What's the preferred order?
  14. Hi everyone, This might be early to ask given that I am just finishing second year of undergrad but I just want to know if there is anything I should do now or soon to strengthen my grad application to Oxford and Cambridge for their MSt and MPhil in history. I also have a bunch of questions as well! So I currently study history and minor in political science at a highly reputable Canadian university (if that matters). I have a 3.8 GPA right now and I expect I can maintain this if not raise it a bit by the time I graduate. I don't really have an history related ECs or work experience. In terms of awards, I have been on the Dean's List every year so far and received a huge entrance scholarship to the university I am currently at. Also got a few small monetary scholarships thanks to my GPA. Although it isn't related closely to my historical period of study, I also do have some training in ancient languages (Latin and Greek). I haven't really narrowed my historical interests just yet. I am mostly interested in British history from the 1800s to the 1990s. I plan on using the summer of my 4th year to apply so that I have lots of time. I have some questions below! 1. Do I need research experience to be a competitive applicant? By that I mean publications or to work under a prof and help them with their research. 2. How important is it to do a senior thesis? Okay so I have been told that in giving their conditional offers, Oxford often specifies a grade you have to get on the dissertation. But what if I did not or cannot do one (for any reason)? A related question is, how "original" does this senior thesis have to be? Brand new perspectives/research? 3. What would you say is the most important part of the application? LOR? GPA? Personal Statement/Research Proposal? Writing samples? 4. Do they heavily consider the GPA in your history major or do they care way more about your cGPA? 5. Given my research interests are still very wide, is it a dumb idea to look at some of the history faculty at Oxbridge and tailor my interests to theirs? Like, you probably don't want to get heavily invested in studying medieval depictions of the Black Death if there are no faculty with similar research interests. That's it for now I think. Thanks!
  15. Ive secured an internship at the United Nations in NYC but the dates overlap with the fall semester. NYU has said they'll give me course credit for the internship, whereas Oxford says apply next year with no guarantee of admissions. What is a better program in the long run? I'm interested in applying for PhD's in America after I've completed the masters. Is oxford as prominent for US PhD's? Thanks!
  16. Hey guys, the final deadline for the MPP application was 25th January and while we wait for the decision, let us connect here and get the conversation going. Surprisingly this is the 1st thread for Oxford BSG MPP. Thanks.
  17. How many of you have accepted MSc in Computer Science(Fall 2019) offer from Oxford University? Anyone here who has been shortlisted for any of the Oxford's "no seperate application required" scholarships?
  18. I started my PhD at the University of Toronto last year in a social science related field. However, I figured out that my research does not match much with the faculty members here. But maybe I could still successfully complete my degree here in a collaborative way as I have found some professors in other departments willing to partially supervise me. However, in the meantime, I applied to Oxford and received a fully funded offer where I have a far better match for my research topic. Besides, the research group is also quant focused methodology-wise. But the difficulty now is that some people are suggesting me not to move to Oxford because of just name. Their point is that it will be difficult to get into academia with a UK degree. I would really appreciate if anybody could share their thoughts on this. I am so indecisive now. Thank you in advance.
  19. Hello Everyone! I am a bit worried to decide between schools. My background is computational chemistry and computational material science and I been accepted into the following schools : 1) UCLA-Chemical Engineering 2) EPFL-Chemistry and chemical engineering 3) Oxford-Chemistry (still waiting for funding ) I am a bit distressed about what to choose. Can you please help me out here? Any kind of help would be very appreciated! Thank you so much in advance!
  20. Hello all, I've been admitted into and need to decide now between: 1) MSc Sociocultural Anthropology @ Oxford 2) MSc Anthropology and Development @ LSE 3) MA Anthropology @ The New School for Social Research 4) ---- waiting to hear back from MA Sociocultural Anthropology @ Columbia The teeniest bit of background possible: I'm 1-year out of Uni from a small, liberal arts college in the USA, BA summa cum laude in Anthropology with concentrations in Political Science & Arabic. My field of interest is refugee humanitarianism (specifically humanitarian/national 'imaginaries', transnational governmentality, citizenship, etc etc, especially in MENA regions). I applied to these 4 programs for their very specific departmental/collegiate exemplification of *prominent refugee studies scholars, *MENA/Islam scholars, *Arabic language courses. I'm facing two main factors: cost and prestige. The New School program is 2-years but with a large tuition stipend will end up costing approx. the same as the other 1-year programs. Have yet to hear from all funding for other two schools, but they don't give much. Apartment hunting in NYC & London sounds terrifying and extremely costly... Miriam Ticktin teaches at the New School and is very likely the most renowned refugee scholar out of all 4 departments. Looking forward I hope to either pursue a PhD or work in non-profit, policy, research related to my field. The British schools are undoubtedly much more prestigious, LSE has the draw of the Development focus of the program, which would allow me to broaden my anthropological lens. Oxford is well Oxford. A 2-year program seems appealing in that it would allow me to really challenge and deconstruct my ideas and assumptions in order to prepare me for a PhD, while the 1-year programs would require I work at least a year after in order to use them to apply for PhD. But if I end up working, the British school prestige will help. So.... how to decide the right "fit" while taking prestige into consideration, without it taking over the wheel completely? Is an expensive 1-year MA from a good name worth the cost if I end up going into a PhD? LSE vs Oxford.... prestige for American PhD programs? Thank you thank you!
  21. So...it's been a couple of months but I'm still unable to choose between MA in Computational Social Sciences (MACSS) at U Chicago MPhil in Economics at Oxford and I'd really appreciate if someone could help me a bit... With partial tuition waiver at U Chicago and no funding from Oxford, the cost of attending is roughly the same so that's not a factor. In terms of curriculum, I like MACSS better because I have double degree in IT and economics, so I believe that I have a unique edge in a computational social sciences program coz I can program and do math and at the same time know economics. Its structure is also quite flexible so I can explore other social sciences. But since this is a new program, no one can say for sure what the outcome will be yet.... Meanwhile the MPhil Econ at Oxford looks like a really traditional economics program and I wouldn't say I'm too excited about it, but it's less risky, I suppose? The problem is that I'm still not sure whether I'll go for a PHD or go back to work afterwards. I'm confident that I should be able to earn a decent salary anywhere, but I can't quite think of a job that I want to make a career out of. I'm relatively positive that I'll like teaching, but that requires a phd and I'm not looking forward to being poor and stressed in my early 30s by doing a phd.......so while I think Oxford will be better for landing a job and U Chicago will help me prepare for phd better, I still cant' decide which one to go because I'm not sure which path (academic or professional) I prefer. In terms of country, I'd say I'm slightly inclined to go to the US at the moment since there seem to be more opportunities in general and I personally want to experience the country, plus I have a few relatives and friends there. I would love to experience the UK as well but I think if I'm to choose a country to end up with eventually, US is probably a better fit, culturally. But then again, that's just from my impression of the two countries.... To sum it up, I like the program at U Chicago more but Oxford is kind of too famous to let go (all my family members just love the name....), and since I don't have a very strong preference for country or work/phd afterwards, those factors also can't quite help me decide. I know that ultimately this is about personal preference so I'll have to make the tough decision on my own, but I think some more information would be really helpful(since I've been to neither US nor UK), like: What do you think of the two universities/programs or what are your experiences with them? (like, is all the fun really going to die at U Chicago? :p) What's the life like at those two cities/universities? How feasible it is to graduate from Oxford and then work in the US? How helpful is a degree from U Chicago in terms of finding a job in the US? My personal impression is that U Chicago is as prestigious as, if not more than, Oxford, in the field of social sciences. Am I right about that? I'm just not quite sure how things are going in the two countries. Are people friendly to foreigners? Are graduates and companies feeling optimistic about the future? Thank you so much in advance to anyone who has any opinion or information to share!
  22. Hello all, I am relatively new to grad cafe forum, so I apologize if I come off as naive or inexperienced in my first post. I am contemplating my options for graduate school which I will begin in the near future. In regard to my background, I am a current TFA corp member who hopes to go to law school after the typical two year stint. My ultimate goal is to work as a constitutional lawyer for the appellate division of the DOJ in Las Vegas, Nevada (my hometown) and become a law firm partner, a federal judge, or a professor of constitutional law here. My first option for grad school would be to apply to Oxford for a two year Mphil in history/political science and then law school. I've already spoken to a supervisor who is very interested. My second option would be to go to Oxford for a year (if at all) and attend a joint jd mpp program preferably with hks/georgetown law. My heart tells me to go for the first option as I'm a huge history buff and it's cheaper. Also, I'm not much of a quantitative guy, and I'm told that the mpp has a strong quant component. Plus, my joint jd mpp plan is probably more expensive especially if I factor in the year at Oxford, and I would limit my options for law schools. Finally, I imagine that I could always attend hks for a midcareer masters while it would be harder to attend Oxford midcareer. At the same time, the second option seems more appealing because I think that a degree from hks would probably look better for a public service career because of the faculty (David Gergen, Roger Porter) and networking options. Am I right in this career? Which option should I chose? Would one degree look better than the other for the field I want to go into or would both be equally regarded? In any case, I am very confused and ask for your counsel. Academically and professionally, I think that I am well-qualified. I've been published, elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and won awards for my internships and academic projects. This also provided me with some food for thought.
  23. Has anyone heard anything about interviews for the OxCam NIH Partnership program?
  24. Hello there, so I am applying for Fall 2018 admission to both the MPhil in American History at Cambridge as well as the MSt in US History at Oxford. I come from a Top 5 US institution with a very high GPA, won a thesis prize/departmental honors in history. I decided to apply to Oxbridge about a month ago as I have been really on the fence about pursuing a PhD in history (given the uncertainty and the insecurity of the job market for PhD candidates) but thought it would be worthwhile to do a year's worth of graduate study to confirm for myself if I want to pursue further studies. I have a couple of friends who studied history who go to Cambridge now and have been asking for their advice, but so many of them applied at different times and did different things during the application season that I have been very confused on the whole UK admissions process. My questions are: 1. Would I be at a significant disadvantage if I am an Americanist from America trying to study American history in the UK? Would they question my motivations? (There are certain professors that I'd like to work with, and surprisingly both courses offer options courses in modern US history, which is what my research focus is.) 2. Was I supposed to have contacted a potential supervisor before submitting my application? How does this work? 3. I submitted my Cambridge app a few days ago and am planning to submit my Oxford one in a week, at least before the funding deadlines. Was I supposed to have applied way back in October to increase my chances of admission? 4. Luckily I am privileged enough where I can still attend and pay full tuition/fees if I don't get funding. Should I have indicated that instead of checking the box that says I'm interested in funding to increase my chances? Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is all so confusing. Thank you so much.
  25. Hi everyone! I recently applied to sociocultural anthropology masters programs as well as east asian studies masters programs because I was interested in studying east asian countries through an anthropological lens. I was accepted into Duke (interdisciplinary), Columbia(socio anthro), Oxford (socioanthro), and UPenn(east asian). I already rejected UPenn because their east asian studies program seemed to be focused on history whereas I wanted to focus more on contemporary. To be honest though, I am not completely set on whether or not I want to study east asian cultures just yet and was hoping I could figure that out in the master's program before I apply for PhD in the US for anthro (which is the plan for the future). I've been getting different advice from different professors and different PhD students about their experiences so it's been really hard for me to choose, especially because I don't want to regret my choice later. On the one hand, Duke seems to be a good choice because I know they are known for race and gender within the anthro department and that's something I'm really interested in and would allow me to work with great advisors. Not to mention that the interdisciplinary would give me a chance to study race/gender in East Asian countries. But on the other hand, Columbia and Oxford would allow me to look at things in a broader perspective- afterall, I AM Asian American so wouldn't the interdisciplinary track kind of make me look like I tried to find the easy way out as a potential PhD candidate later? I'm so conflicted and would love the general opinions about the anthro masters programs in these schools. I really appreciate it everyone :) thank you in advance!!!!
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