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  1. Thought I'd start the thread for prospective doctoral students applying to start in Fall 2021. I'm starting it early so we can discuss and support each other given the added challenges of applying during a pandemic. I'm applying for my PhD in Social & Behavioral Health programs.
  2. Salut! I know it's pretty early, but I thought I would get the thread started for the next application cycle. I haven't narrowed down my list of schools, but I study eighteenth-century literature, culture, and political thought with emphasis on trade and commerce. Excited to see who else is applying and what you want to research! šŸ˜Š
  3. Hi everyone! So I was in the PhD/DrPH 2021 Application thread and we started talking about pursuing doctorate studies while balancing family responsibilities, raising kids, and/or planning to start a family. It was very comforting to realize that so many of us on this forum were on the same boat as me, and to know that I was not crazy thinking perhaps I can work, raise a kid (and plan for more) and do doctorate all at the same time! šŸ˜… Since it helped me feel a lot more positive and confident about my decision to keep chasing my dream, I thought I should start a thread in hopes that
  4. Hey, all! I know a lot of us are really concerned about how admissions season is going. I've been rejected by half of the programs I applied to so I wanted to make this thread for people who wanted to talk about their possible plans or just commiserate about the situation. I followed up with one of my POIs and she told me that despite having a strong application, it was a really difficult decision this year, especially getting so many applications, but to work on my writing sample. She said I was working with a fascinating subject, but that the front end of my paper read more like a literature
  5. Hello everyone! I hope you all are well as you can be, considering everything 2020 has collectively thrown at us. I saw posts about computational biology/bioinformatics/systems biology programs for previous years but there is nothing posted for the 2021 cycle. I thought I'd be nice to get things started for this cycle - it was great read through previous posts for those interested in more computationally-inclined programs. It'd be nice to hear about everyone's thoughts on where they are applying to and to hear about news/updates/tips anyone has as well as we progress with application
  6. Hi, I applied to PhD programs in math in the F21 admissions cycle. I only applied to a few schools, which might have been a bad idea given how COVID might affect funding. I applied to Duke, NC State, Ohio State, University of Michigan, and University of Minnesota and have only heard back from Duke (a rejection letter). I don't have the most amazing GPA (3.7/4 GPA), but I was a double major in math and physics have taken a few graduate-level courses and have published research, so I felt like I should at least have some chance in admissions. If I haven't heard back from anywhere by now, sh
  7. Hey everyone, I noticed there was no thread for this year's round of the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship competition. How is everyone feeling as we wait for April?
  8. Hello! I have narrowed my list down to these two schools and I am trying to make the decision and would love an outside perspective! Wisconsin Madison: Pros: *Tons of labs that interest me, including a relatively famous PI who has shown interest in me *a location that really appeals to me (though I have never been) *good impression during visit days, people had good work life balance, the school seemed very supportive etc. Cons: *stipend seems a little low (even taking into account COL) especially because you have to pay student fees and health i
  9. Hello everyone. This is a cross-post with a topic I made in the Humanities board. I'm currently a Junior in a BFA Creative Writing program; however, I studied English at my previous college. I need help deciding where to focus my academic efforts over the next 9 months so that I'm not applying to programs which are beyond my skill-set. I've considered pursing an MFA, but after speaking with my advisors I feel that a PhD program better suits my current interests. I'm much less interested in publishing creative work in literary journals than I am in understanding the rhetoric of artist
  10. I have been admitted to the statistics departments at both Harvard and Berkeley. I applied to 24 schools, so I've also been accepted to virtually all of the top 20 stats programs, excluding Stanford. My academic interests are pretty broad, but I'd like my research to be more theoretical and in the realm of probability or machine learning/deep learning, if possible. I'm also not sure if I will try to go into academia or into a research team at Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc. I am mainly considering these two because Berkeley is so good at ML, but Harvar
  11. Hi, I don't have much experience and academic and I have no idea how this works. I got a couple of acceptances where the portal was updated but I did not receive an email from anyone. They also do not mention much about funding. They are generic acceptances from the broader department, and not even from sociology. What are the next steps? Do I reach out to the DGS? How do I inquire about funding? When do I have to make a decision by? Is this typical? Thanks!
  12. I received a very positive email from my desired PI a few weeks ago, but I haven't heard anything since then. Does anyone have an official or unofficial offer?
  13. i am awarded TAship to fund my phd studies although i know TA roles and responsibilities and actually quite excited to carry out these tasks but on the other hand i am dreading a little that what if i can't manage my duties along with my PhD studies and start doubting myself.. so i would welcome any thoughts on this matter especially those who had experience in TAship. is it tough job or manageable?
  14. I am currently a senior DS at a FAANG company but my passion lies in academia. I have 2 publications, 3.5 GPA from large top 20 public school in Statistics, but my GRE general and subject test dates were cancelled last year due to COVID (I took them over 5 years ago and got 99% in GRE Quant, 85% in GRE Verbal, and 73% on math subject test). I applied to 12 top 30 ranked programs. Perhaps my concerns are premature but so far, I have only been admitted to one lower ranked program. The Berkeley faculty I interviewed with gave me the feedback that my coursework could be stronger (ie. Real An
  15. Did anyone apply to CS@Max Planck Ph.D. Program? They ask LoRs after a first round of review. Is there anyone, who's LoRs have been submitted?
  16. Hi everyone! This is my first time looking for help here, so thank you in advance! I hope applications are going well for everyone who is busy with them at the moment My question is this: how important is a marine-specific degree when applying to marine focused PhD programs/jobs? And related: how common/difficult is it to switch from a marine-specific master's program to a terrestrial-focused PhD program/job? I am currently in the final year of an undergraduate program in ecology and nature conservation (EU university), and I am applying to master's degrees. I have been focusi
  17. Hello, I have been accepted to a few sociology phd programs so far. I am so excited! For all the programs that I have been accepted to, I have been guaranteed full funding for 5 years. According to the programs, they cover tuition and health insurance. I just have a question about this. For whatever reason, back when I was applying, I thought "full funding" would cover other expenses such as rent? But, I guess not. Is this the norm in sociology or in other related fields as well?
  18. Hi guys, Has anyone received any news about interview or admission for PhD at harvard for immunology or virology program? If I haven't received any rejection yet, does it mean that I still have any chances? thank you
  19. Hi guys, Has anyone received any news about interview or admission for PhD at harvard for immunology or virology program? If I haven't received any rejecton, does it mean that I still have any chances? thank you
  20. Hi everyone, I'm a senior student from China and I received my decision letter that I'm on the waitlist of Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Boston University in Jan. Do you know are there any chances for me to be admitted? Is there anyone you know who was put on the waitlist and then be admitted? I really hope I could go there! Thank you!
  21. So I applied back in November for fall of 2021. The program is a department of 3 people. My application is still active and isn't closed. How much longer will I be waiting? They only take 3 to 4 students. I'm going stir crazy. I emailed admissions last week just to see how notification would be sent. (Some have gotten snail mail last year not an email) I have had zero response.
  22. Ciao a tutti! I have been seeing a lot of questions in the grad admission results, especially regarding interviews. I decided to start this thread to create a space to ask those questions and share admissions results/experiences with each other. To get things started, I saw a lot of questions asking about NYU interviews. I can only speak for myself. I was interviewed on Jan 22, and I have not heard anything since. Judging by the results, it seems no one else has heard back either, but they must be doing a second round of interviews. Can't wait to hear from everyone! Hope you'r
  23. Hello everyone, I'm starting this topic to exchange questions and help each other regarding the DAAD "Research Grants - Doctoral Programmes in Germany, 2020/21" (NĀ° 57440921). Also to let us know our application progress. Best of luck to all of us!
  24. Hi guys, I hope everybody is doing great. I was wondering if anybody got a decision for PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering program at the University of Pittsburgh? One of the schools I applied to, is the University of Pittsburgh, and I had a positive interview with one of the faculty members. Thanks.
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