freakoutphd Posted October 16, 2020 Share Posted October 16, 2020 Hello. I am an international student applying for PhD in public policy/social sciences in the States. I have a relevant master's degree, a published paper, 1+ years of professional experience in research, and solid scores (CGPA of 3.9+/4.0, GRE of 330+ and 5.0). I currently have a fellowship that fully supports tuition and stipends until I finish my program. I can only provide my financial statement to a select few programs, so I have to be careful with my choices. This is where I am struggling. I've heard that fellowships can be helpful but they are not critical in PhD admissions, especially for top schools. This year, however, many schools are not accepting students and cutting down the number of cohorts. So here is my question: Would external funding significantly help my admissions this year, and even for top schools like MIT and Harvard? Or should I use my financial statement for schools that are more "safe"? I hope everyone is safe during this unprecedented crisis, and wish the best for the admissions cycle this year! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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