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1 hour ago, PolNerd said:

 

When did you get notified for the funding waitlist?

Also + on Cornell rejection.

I heard at around 11:15 central. They seem to be releasing funding offers slowly over the last couple days.

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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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1 hour ago, StarkDark1 said:

Does anyone know how UBC compares with BU and UC Irvine?  UBC is a top Canadian school but I'm not sure how it translates to a US context.  

Pretty sure on like a greater institutional and global level, UBC is ranked significantly higher than BU and UC Irvine (at least according to QS). I know they have a really strong political science dept as well and I think it would be worth seriously looking into who is working there. They might have some great names in your particular subfield which would likely hold some more weight as well when you hit the job market if end up working w them

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22 hours ago, suovren said:

Claiming a waitlist from Stanford

Congrats on the waitlist -- in usual times, this would likely be an acceptance. They are just really being careful with funding this year. Depending on your subfield, it could work out!

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3 minutes ago, heyheyheyheyhey said:

Not yet! 

Best of luck! Historically there hasn't been a lot of Harris-related activity on the results page, which is not great for expectation management...

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Hello Everyone! Has anyone else noticed an entry in the New & Prospective Student Center for their portal for the University of Michigan? Specifically for the "View Financial Aid Documents Status" and "View Financial Aid Award Notices?" I was looking, and I saw there was an entry for Aid Year 2022. I can't see the entry, and I also haven't received a decision. I'm not sure if this is a positive sign, or I'm just looking too much into this. 

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On 1/29/2021 at 5:05 PM, baby__yoda said:

Wait ... for those who applied to UMich did applyweb update to include a link to upload your undergrad transcripts through Certifile? My applyweb changed

Hello! I found this post while I was searching for fellow UMich applicants. I was also wondering the same thing regarding the Certifile on my ApplyWeb. 

I was curious if you had a change to your New & Prospective Student Center for their portal for the UMich? Specifically for the "View Financial Aid Documents Status" and "View Financial Aid Award Notices?" I was looking, and I saw there was an entry for Aid Year 2022. I can't see the entry, and I haven't received a decision. I'm not sure if it's reflecting my FAFSA on record or what. 

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This predoctoral fellowship might be of interest to applicants looking for alternatives :)).

 

https://research-princeton.icims.com/jobs/12427/predoctoral-research-specialst/job

The Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) is seeking applicants for its Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Data-Driven Research.  Participants are hired as predoctoral research specialists on a full-time, benefits-eligible basis for 12-24 months. This program provides an opportunity for recent undergraduates from historically underrepresented groups to gain real-world experience that will prepare them for careers in public service and PhD study in Public Affairs, with a focus on security-related issues.

 

 

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34 minutes ago, baby__yoda said:

Hi! I have a similar notice in my account, but I was accepted to the program and received funding information via email so I don’t think the changes in the system are reflective of a decision. I also can not see the entry so I’m not sure what is going on with their system, but I wouldn’t read into it. I’m sorry about that! 

Congratulations on your acceptance! :) Thank you so much!! I'll keep my fingers crossed! 

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1 hour ago, idonknow said:

Hi all, I would like to hear your opinions. Do you guys think when applicants placed on waitlists, it is better to wait after sending them a brief reply? or sending an appeal letter? what would you do?

Hi - Yale's waitlist response was via the portal, but (after discussing with my recommenders) I ended up sending a short email to the DGS expressing my continued interest and inquiring about the length of the waitlist. His response didn't indicate such an email was inappropriate, so that's one option. 

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18 minutes ago, CharmanderGo said:

Rejected from every program I applied to.

And then... Stanford!

 

Want to thank everyone on this forum! Your positivity kept me alive!

Congratulations. Relatedly... I wonder if this is indicative of a general pattern this year, i.e. will most applicants who get into to a top school be shut out from all but one?

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5 minutes ago, aaaaaaaaaa said:

Congratulations. Relatedly... I wonder if this is indicative of a general pattern this year, i.e. will most applicants who get into to a top school be shut out from all but one?

I honestly have no idea. My application material is pretty much the same for all schools. Stanford is a great fit for me, but so are some other programs that rejected me (in my opinion, some of which are probably better fit + lower rank). So I am guessing luck is indeed very very important.

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Hi everyone! I had an interview with a professor from CUNY, as ''one of the top ranked candidate''. Although I am still waiting results from several others schools, I wonder what is your opinion on the the CUNY PhD program in Political Science (IR)? As an international candidate, I guess I still lack proper insight on some schools, although I know it cannot compete with any Ivy League. I appreciate CUNY Graduate School for its open and critically oriented environment, but not sure what one can expect in terms of funding which is crucial for an international in NYC. :D Besides, has anyone heard anything from Georgetown? 

I appreciate very much any feedback and wish you all success in the upcoming academic endeavour! :)

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3 hours ago, acimova said:

Hi everyone! I had an interview with a professor from CUNY, as ''one of the top ranked candidate''. Although I am still waiting results from several others schools, I wonder what is your opinion on the the CUNY PhD program in Political Science (IR)? As an international candidate, I guess I still lack proper insight on some schools, although I know it cannot compete with any Ivy League. I appreciate CUNY Graduate School for its open and critically oriented environment, but not sure what one can expect in terms of funding which is crucial for an international in NYC. :D Besides, has anyone heard anything from Georgetown? 

I appreciate very much any feedback and wish you all success in the upcoming academic endeavour! :)

@acimova I don't know much about CUNY's program or reputation (also an int'l), but 1 thing I can say that I'm not sure whether you know is that CUNY is part of the 'interuniversity doctoral consortium' which includes NYU, Columbia, New School, Fordham, Rutgers, Princeton, and SUNY, so theoretically you could at some point take classes at any of these campuses :)

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3 hours ago, acimova said:

Hi everyone! I had an interview with a professor from CUNY, as ''one of the top ranked candidate''. Although I am still waiting results from several others schools, I wonder what is your opinion on the the CUNY PhD program in Political Science (IR)? As an international candidate, I guess I still lack proper insight on some schools, although I know it cannot compete with any Ivy League. I appreciate CUNY Graduate School for its open and critically oriented environment, but not sure what one can expect in terms of funding which is crucial for an international in NYC. :D Besides, has anyone heard anything from Georgetown? 

I appreciate very much any feedback and wish you all success in the upcoming academic endeavour! :)

Hi! I am in exactly the same situation, following this post to see what people's thoughts are. I've been living in NY doing my Master's the last two years with a very modest stipend and am looking forward to something even just a bit higher, if admitted. Also I'm in IR too! :) Did they tell you how many they expect to admit? I didn't ask and now I'm regretting it because it's probably my only option by now. Good luck!

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