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4 minutes ago, caffeinated applicant said:

Ugh, this is all such a nightmare--it's already so little money, and then it's carved up even more. I honestly don't mind paying my taxes at all right now when I'm working a regular full-time office job--I'm glad to pay for my neighbors' kids to go to school and my neighbors who are less fortunate than me to have health insurance! I like driving on well-paved roads and going to the public library!--but when I'm receiving what's expressly a "living stipend" because calculated hourly it would be below the minimum wage? I think I'm gonna be a bit salty! 

I completely agree with you. Which is why it's also essential that everyone here goes out to vote in this primary to support students and our unions. :)

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1 minute ago, punctilious said:

I completely agree with you. Which is why it's also essential that everyone here goes out to vote in this primary to support students and our unions. :)

I've run out of reactions for the day but that's a big thumbs up from me 🙂

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38 minutes ago, foreigncorrespondent said:

Hello, that's me! I'll share how the interview goes on this forum, if that helps? And yeah, you are right, interviews are very spaced out so you should also be hearing soon enough!! :)

I also applied for Cambridge's Criticism and Culture MPhil. I didn't think they typically interviewed for that program, though - now I'm extra nervous! Honestly I don't have very high hopes for Cambridge - I applied all the way back in October (long story) when I wasn't yet very well prepared for all the ins and outs of graduate applications, so it's definitely the weakest application I submitted.

Would definitely love to hear whatever you care to share about your interview when it's done!

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Just now, The Hoosier Oxonian said:

I also applied for Cambridge's Criticism and Culture MPhil. I didn't think they typically interviewed for that program, though - now I'm extra nervous! Honestly I don't have very high hopes for Cambridge - I applied all the way back in October (long story) when I wasn't yet very well prepared for all the ins and outs of graduate applications, so it's definitely the weakest application I submitted.

PhD is very different from MPhil/MSt when it comes to the Oxbridge applications process—I know many people that did the Criticism and Culture MPhil and none of them had an interview for it, so don't worry about it. Interviews when candidates are being considered for DPhil funding is a slightly different story, since unlike the US, funding is much harder to come by in the UK especially for humanities degrees and much more competitive. 

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1 minute ago, meghan_sparkle said:

PhD is very different from MPhil/MSt when it comes to the Oxbridge applications process—I know many people that did the Criticism and Culture MPhil and none of them had an interview for it, so don't worry about it. Interviews when candidates are being considered for DPhil funding is a slightly different story, since unlike the US, funding is much harder to come by in the UK especially for humanities degrees and much more competitive. 

Thanks for the info! Didn't even notice the result on the board was for a PhD - that makes a lot more sense. Honestly, funding headaches are the primary reason I will probably turn down an Oxbridge MPhil/MSt offer if I get one (much as I loved Oxford during the year I spent there as an undergrad) in favor of one of my PhD offers.

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In other news, I finally caved and emailed UMD's grad coordinator to ask about a timeline. I'd already emailed with her about teaching in the fall, since I didn't see the teaching load posted obviously on the website (fwiw, grad students teach a 1:1 in years 2-5), so it seemed a little less awkward than emailing someone completely new. 

I'm pretty sure if I haven't heard anything by now it means I'm out, since the results page indicates waitlist folks were given the dates for the March open house, and they found out last week on the same day as the one acceptance on the board (which is a rhetoric concentration), and everyone here in the forum who's on the waitlist was interviewed. But if I happen to be given a timeline for when they'll be emailing all pending candidates, I'll be sure to post!

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4 minutes ago, caffeinated applicant said:

In other news, I finally caved and emailed UMD's grad coordinator to ask about a timeline. I'd already emailed with her about teaching in the fall, since I didn't see the teaching load posted obviously on the website (fwiw, grad students teach a 1:1 in years 2-5), so it seemed a little less awkward than emailing someone completely new. 

I'm pretty sure if I haven't heard anything by now it means I'm out, since the results page indicates waitlist folks were given the dates for the March open house, and they found out last week on the same day as the one acceptance on the board (which is a rhetoric concentration), and everyone here in the forum who's on the waitlist was interviewed. But if I happen to be given a timeline for when they'll be emailing all pending candidates, I'll be sure to post!

Thanks! I have no idea how to even go about emailing to ask schools for info like this. I’m grateful others do but I had no clue we could try to do that!

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1 minute ago, jm6394 said:

Thanks! I have no idea how to even go about emailing to ask schools for info like this. I’m grateful others do but I had no clue we could try to do that!

Emailing for program information or for timeline? I feel bad emailing about timeline, since it seems like it's a bother (if everyone emailed the poor grad coordinator, she'd be completely overwhelmed with emails!), but I couldn't help myself. I have no idea if it actually comes across as rude to department coordinators or not.

For program information, they're happy to help. I emailed the graduate coordinators at about half of my programs with specific questions about application process (questions like "Do I put my study abroad transcript as a separate school or fold it in with my BA transcript?" and "Is there a cap on the number of students that graduate students instruct in a semester?"). I chose to contact the coordinators and not the DGS because the coordinator's whole job is administrative, and they may well know the rules and regulations for those things better than the DGS, as the DGS is a professor and the position rotates. Also, frankly, the department coordinator isn't going to be on the committee, so if I sound like an idiot to them, it seems lower-stakes! 

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(Kudos to the people emailing the depts and willing to report back - it is much much appreciated.  And probably a boon to them, since they get fewer emails overall.)

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I am waiting on nine schools, some of which I expect to notify this week. They are all prestigious programs, so I'm keeping my expectations low. I just want to have the full picture so I can start figuring out which program I want to attend. Out of my three acceptances, I have a top two (largely based on funding), but deciding between those two will be hard, since both programs have shown a similar level of enthusiasm about my work. And to think I spent most of January assuming that I would be shut out....

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1 hour ago, foreigncorrespondent said:

Hello, that's me! I'll share how the interview goes on this forum, if that helps? And yeah, you are right, interviews are very spaced out so you should also be hearing soon enough!! :)

That would be so helpful, if you don't mind. I'd love to hear how the interview goes and what kinds of things you're asked about. I'll be over the moon if I'm offered an interview, but also quite nervous because I imagine they expect a greater level of specificity in thinking that I got away with not having for my American interviews. Feel free to send me a PM if you don't feel comfortable sharing details publicly. And – good luck!!!

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1 hour ago, punctilious said:

Yes, everyone should hear this loud and clear: your stipends are taxable income (not just teaching fellowships!). You have to report them as such and pay taxes on them, which is why it's a really good idea to pay quarterly estimated taxes so you don't die when you see what you owe in taxes at the end of the year.

Oh, man – estimated quarterly taxes are such a pain. For some reason I thought the tax would be taken out of our stipends as they came in.

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1 hour ago, punctilious said:

So that was a whole debacle around proposed changes that would not only tax graduate students on their stipends/fellowships, but also on tuition remission. The proposal would have meant that your income wouldn't just be the $35,000 stipend you're getting from Harvard, but also the $47,000 in Harvard tuition. These together would be considered your income, so you'd be taxed on the $82,000 rather than the $35,000. Thank goodness that didn't get through because it's absolutely insane/ridiculous.

Did this measure actually pass? Edit: in my panic seeing these proposed changes again I blanked on reading the last part lol.

I'm doing my taxes right now and I'm getting conflicting information as to whether or not I should count my two quarters' worth of remission as income or if I should just input just the stipends I've gotten. All tax projections I've done (with tuition remission + stipend) do show that my liability shouldn't be too huge (though CA tax is another question). I am eligible for the Lifetime Learning Credit, so that's one tax credit down. I can't help but wonder if the above did pass as there was some IRS online tool that did say that I would have to count remission as income due to the way my fellowship is situated (I'm not teaching and I don't have a research fellowship either. Though a part of me wonders if entering fellowships for first/second years have always had tuition remission as taxable income...)

If there's one thing I've learned throughout trying to decode our tax code as grad students, use any and all tax credits to your advantage. Sites like Personal Finance for PhDs can really help demystify the process.

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1 hour ago, The Hoosier Oxonian said:

I also applied for Cambridge's Criticism and Culture MPhil. I didn't think they typically interviewed for that program, though - now I'm extra nervous! Honestly I don't have very high hopes for Cambridge - I applied all the way back in October (long story) when I wasn't yet very well prepared for all the ins and outs of graduate applications, so it's definitely the weakest application I submitted.

Would definitely love to hear whatever you care to share about your interview when it's done!

Recently graduated from this program (2019) and have to say that while Cambridge doesn't interview before admission, it is likely to have interviews from different internal funding bodies via the Trust. For the DPhil the Eng dept definitely interviews (i got my email at 09.00 for a 12.00 interview, but perhaps because it was happening at the college and it's almost like a non-interview). 

 

EDIT: I see that this was addresses later in @meghan_sparkle's response

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11 minutes ago, ArcaMajora said:

Did this measure actually pass? Edit: in my panic seeing these proposed changes again I blanked on reading the last part lol.

I'm doing my taxes right now and I'm getting conflicting information as to whether or not I should count my two quarters' worth of remission as income or if I should just input just the stipends I've gotten. All tax projections I've done (with tuition remission + stipend) do show that my liability shouldn't be too huge (though CA tax is another question). I am eligible for the Lifetime Learning Credit, so that's one tax credit down. I can't help but wonder if the above did pass as there was some IRS online tool that did say that I would have to count remission as income due to the way my fellowship is situated (I'm not teaching and I don't have a research fellowship either. Though a part of me wonders if entering fellowships for first/second years have always had tuition remission as taxable income...)

If there's one thing I've learned throughout trying to decode our tax code as grad students, use any and all tax credits to your advantage. Sites like Personal Finance for PhDs can really help demystify the process.

It is very confusing, but no, as far as I am aware you just need to count your stipend as income, not the tuition remission. That measure did not pass. Unfortunately even tax professionals often do not understand how this works.

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Notre Dame informed me decisions would be released within a week! (This was on friday) Someone informed me that meeting time make decisions occurred on Friday night though, so I'm kind of panicking tbh.

Based on the last few years, it also seems like UC Irvine, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and USC acceptances will go out this week. Will definitely be a hell of a week! 😬

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1 hour ago, The Hoosier Oxonian said:

Thanks for the info! Didn't even notice the result on the board was for a PhD - that makes a lot more sense. Honestly, funding headaches are the primary reason I will probably turn down an Oxbridge MPhil/MSt offer if I get one (much as I loved Oxford during the year I spent there as an undergrad) in favor of one of my PhD offers.

Yeah, almost no one gets funded on the Oxford MSt — maybe 1-2 per strand out of 14-17. Even if you turn out to be one of those, it is definitely, definitely not worth turning down Yale for it. Under any circumstance. Imo! haha

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Is it bad form for me to email departments I've not heard yet from, with an updated transcript that shows my Fall of 2019 grades?

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Indiana-Bloomington Literature acceptance is on the board! Anyone want to claim that? And congratulations to you!

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14 minutes ago, Puurple said:

Is it bad form for me to email departments I've not heard yet from, with an updated transcript that shows my Fall of 2019 grades?

I don't know if it's bad form, but does seem slightly excessive? I doubt your fall grades will really change their mind/make them reach a decision faster.

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29 minutes ago, meghan_sparkle said:

Yeah, almost no one gets funded on the Oxford MSt — maybe 1-2 per strand out of 14-17. Even if you turn out to be one of those, it is definitely, definitely not worth turning down Yale for it. Under any circumstance. Imo! haha

That's how I feel! If by some miracle I got Oxbridge funding I would probably ask Yale about the possibility of deferring for a year, but if they said no I definitely wouldn't take that risk!

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Oh gosh. A bunch of the programs I applied to historically send out stuff this week and next and I'm loosing my marbles in anticipation! I didn't apply to any of the really "big" programs (curiously, researchers in my subfield of Rhet/Comp are generally not at those places...) so I'm so anxious and so full of impostor syndrome after spending time on this form. You're all so amazing. 

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2 hours ago, Indecisive Poet said:

That would be so helpful, if you don't mind. I'd love to hear how the interview goes and what kinds of things you're asked about. I'll be over the moon if I'm offered an interview, but also quite nervous because I imagine they expect a greater level of specificity in thinking that I got away with not having for my American interviews. Feel free to send me a PM if you don't feel comfortable sharing details publicly. And – good luck!!!

Absolutely, I'll drop you a PM... I'm expecting it to go disastrously, because I've met my POI before and they are quite intimidating and brilliant, so I'm expecting to be fully tongue-tied. But here's hoping I get some words out... Just so I can tell you how it goes! :)

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4 hours ago, meghan_sparkle said:

PhD is very different from MPhil/MSt when it comes to the Oxbridge applications process—I know many people that did the Criticism and Culture MPhil and none of them had an interview for it, so don't worry about it. Interviews when candidates are being considered for DPhil funding is a slightly different story, since unlike the US, funding is much harder to come by in the UK especially for humanities degrees and much more competitive. 

I'd second this, I finished my MA in the UK at a very well recognised institution for my subfield, and I know many many PhDs that are completely unfunded (this is especially true of humanities). To get PhD funding, usually the process is that you apply through a university to be nominated to a larger consortium that considers funding for a whole host of institutions - one of the many reasons I'm decided on US schools. Having said that, I'm a relative stranger to Oxbridge (I was rejected by Cam for their MPhil back in 2018), but many Masters (including some friends that went to do the Oxon MSt) students now rely on postgraduate study loans coordinated by Student Finance England that I think are only available to UK students, and barely cover tuition. Don't quote me on it though. Even getting funding for PhDs in the UK, the stipend rates are mostly incredibly low in the humanities.

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