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1 hour ago, caféconleche said:

whew! submitted at 4:58. good luck to everyone :)

Haha, I submitted mine at 4:59. Forgot to fill out the personal info form and had to quickly fill it out. Too close.

Do we need 4 letters for a competitive application?

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1 hour ago, trollsloot said:

Haha, I submitted mine at 4:59. Forgot to fill out the personal info form and had to quickly fill it out. Too close.

Do we need 4 letters for a competitive application?

I had the same question last year, but I think quality matters a lot more than quantity. I know people who have won the fellowship award with just 3 letters.

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I applied. I'm still missing one letter from one of my recommenders and I feel helpless. Good luck to you all

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@kiki_2_4 If it's the day of and they agreed to do it, I think it's ok to be persistent. Don't hesitate to call them, send persistent emails, or if you're in the same place, visit their office.

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I can't go visit as we're in two different states. I've emailed him daily since the first and he's had some family trouble which I sympathize with, but I asked about this letter in October :( I just feel really let down. I emailed again this morning and he said he would have it in before the deadline, but it's 2:53 and I don't know...That's disheartening. But there's always next year 

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@kiki_2_4 This happened to me last year. My only recommender from my current institution was dealing with personal health issue and misread that it was 5pm eastern standard instead of pacific. I was devastated because my feedback mentioned the lack of recommender from the current institution. This year I managed to get 5 recommenders just in case and told them the deadline was the day before the actual deadline. 

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He turned it in at 4:48pm y'all! Cutting it close but still in there! I actually have really high hopes now. I have a strong application I think which is why I was so disappointed at the thought of not being considered. I hope everyone that has posted here is selected. Good luck to you all?

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I applied for predoctoral. Does anyone know how this works? Does this funding offset your ability to get the usual stipend from your institution? Or can you receive both streams of funding?

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I know at my institution they just make up the difference between my current stipend and the ford. It usually varies per institution. Maybe ask an administrator in the grad school at your institution. 

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I applied, the waiting game is rough though

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Question: If I am awarded and I accept, am I permitted to have outside employment? I know I can't accept a fellowship or assistantship at my Uni unless it supplements but could I have a part time elsewhere?

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Does anyone know if the government shutdown is going to delay when we find out the results? The waiting game is hard as it is.

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14 hours ago, csot said:

Does anyone know if the government shutdown is going to delay when we find out the results? The waiting game is hard as it is.

NASEM is private, though they do get some indirect funding from federal gov so it's unclear.

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So are we expecting news back at the end of this month? My guess is March 21-29 we'll start to hear responses. 

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^I applied last year and they said "late March" and I remember results being emailed out the last weekday of the month. 

Also applied again this year! Fingers crossed and good luck to everyone!

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