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JUST GOT A FULLY FUNDED OFFER FROM CONCORDIA!!!!!

I just got a call from the program director for Government & Social Policy at Harvard letting me know I've been accepted! Really can't believe it, I had completely given up hope for this cycl

I JUST GOT AN OFFER FROM USC WITH FELLOWSHIP AAAAH (still have to put it in the survey) 

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21 minutes ago, poliscihopeful2021 said:

I'm astounded than an Ivy league university department can only offer a spot to 2 CP students, even if it's a pandemic year. Same question for Columbia and UPenn, both of whom didn't admit students to be able to support current students better. Maybe there's something about university funding that I don't get but where do those Ivy league endowments go???

My understanding is that part of it is money, but part of it is time. Many current PhD students are having to extend their time in program due to Covid-19 - particularly those who have had to put fieldwork on hold. So in addition to funding constraints, some programs aren't taking on a full cohort because they don't want to wind up with too many PhD students in the program at one time and not enough supervisory support to do their current and future students justice. 

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29 minutes ago, poliscihopeful2021 said:

I'm astounded than an Ivy league university department can only offer a spot to 2 CP students, even if it's a pandemic year. Same question for Columbia and UPenn, both of whom didn't admit students to be able to support current students better. Maybe there's something about university funding that I don't get but where do those Ivy league endowments go???

I second @afjackie. Also, it may be in part because these programs are so well resourced and highly respected that they can afford to "take a year off" or scale back to be sure that funding and other resources (time) are best allocated. They can prioritize current students and make sure the program is in order without taking a lasting hit to their reputation or future interest in their program - people will always be interested in a Cornell, Columbia, UPenn, UNC, etc. degree, so they likely won't be dinged long-term for being cautious for a year or two.

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1 hour ago, polisci21 said:

Hi all, it's my first time using the forum. Just wanted to say first that I appreciate all the positivity and encouragement I had indirectly received from this place! I hope we all receive good news this week :) 

Besides this, I was wondering if any of you received information regarding funding at OSU already? Last email I received said it would be released last week or early this week.

Hi. My first time here as well even though I have been lurking for the last couple of weeks or so. I got an email from OSU's Director of the dept. last week informing me that I have been awarded a university fellowship, and that an official letter should come this week but she wanted to congratulate me....

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1 hour ago, btermite said:

I had asked about it quite a while ago! I applied but have yet to hear back.

The results page for past applicants seems super limited, so I don't have a clue when to expect to hear anything

 

Got it, thanks! Yes, there is so little in the results page there's no way to know what to expect... hopefully soon! Good luck :) 

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I really wish I would know what's going on with Vanderbilt 😞 I feel there's been so many trolls on the survey, so I am not sure what to trust but I really really wish I could hear good news from there... do you guys think there is any chance of getting an acceptance without an interview?

Sending love and patience to all of you...

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18 minutes ago, Luxlux said:

I really wish I would know what's going on with Vanderbilt 😞 I feel there's been so many trolls on the survey, so I am not sure what to trust but I really really wish I could hear good news from there... do you guys think there is any chance of getting an acceptance without an interview?

Sending love and patience to all of you...

I received an unofficial acceptance email from the DGS on 2/17 after interviewing for AP the week before. I'm not sure if all of the acceptance emails have been sent out yet, but it seemed like a few others got an email on 2/17 as well.

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22 minutes ago, politicsgal said:

I received an unofficial acceptance email from the DGS on 2/17 after interviewing for AP the week before. I'm not sure if all of the acceptance emails have been sent out yet, but it seemed like a few others got an email on 2/17 as well.

Thank you for the reply and congratulations on the admission!!

The only reason why I still have some faith is because my field is theory and I haven't seen anyone claiming interviews/admissions for theory in the forum. But of course that's just me holding on to hope... 

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1 minute ago, Lurker929 said:

Claiming a Stanford acceptance - received a phone call around 11 AM (Mountain time). I was so excited I missed the professor's name! He said email would follow soon with details - still can't believe it! 

Incredible - congratulations! What subfield?

Have you received the email as well? I ask because I'm wondering what this might mean for international students who are outside the country.

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Just now, poliscihopeful2021 said:

Incredible - congratulations! What subfield?

Have you received the email as well? I ask because I'm wondering what this might mean for international students who are outside the country.

IR subfield - I've been refreshing my email frantically, but haven't received it yet.  

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3 hours ago, poliscihopeful2021 said:

I'm astounded than an Ivy league university department can only offer a spot to 2 CP students, even if it's a pandemic year. Same question for Columbia and UPenn, both of whom didn't admit students to be able to support current students better. Maybe there's something about university funding that I don't get but where do those Ivy league endowments go???

University endowments never go towards actually productive things like paying grad students or anything like that. Lets also not forget that academic administration has been ballooning across the board which cuts into the bottom line of these universities as well. It's very feasible for universities to both pay grad students more AND keep cohort sizes larger if they wanted to. I can totally confirm what that other poster said about the 2 CP admits for Cornell though; I'm in seminars with a number of Govt professors here at Cornell this semester. I'm sure there is a lot beyond just the bottom line that goes into cohort size determination each year but I do agree with you that such scale backs when these schools make such much profits and have such large endowments seems absurd.    

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1 hour ago, Mad Scientist Malfrost said:

University endowments never go towards actually productive things like paying grad students or anything like that. Lets also not forget that academic administration has been ballooning across the board which cuts into the bottom line of these universities as well. It's very feasible for universities to both pay grad students more AND keep cohort sizes larger if they wanted to. I can totally confirm what that other poster said about the 2 CP admits for Cornell though; I'm in seminars with a number of Govt professors here at Cornell this semester. I'm sure there is a lot beyond just the bottom line that goes into cohort size determination each year but I do agree with you that such scale backs when these schools make such much profits and have such large endowments seems absurd.    

My guess is that some founding related to STEM acts as a cross subsidy to less market profitable fields such as humanities or social sciences. If that is not the case, then I guess if endowments make less returns or other sources of funding diminish because of the pandemic, like government scholarships, then Universities will reallocate budgets towards STEM since labs require to run non-stop because of long projects. I feel that reducing research output in STEM is far more incidental than in the social sciences for Univerisites founding in general (like big STEM grants) and long run academic output productivity in general (sciences have much more academic output). For instance, if a lab has a 8 year microbe study, then you just cant stop it.

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