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21 hours ago, nivy25 said:

Would you say the same if instead of the lower-ranked fully-funded MA program, it was a mid-ranked fully-funded PhD program? (Think Rice and Austin, since I'm waitlisted here and I've been thinking about what to do).

UT Austin is NOT a mid-ranked program; not even close. It is a top 20. Rice maybe but even then it is on the upper end of that range. Both of those schools are great and if you purposely applied to these programs because of the fit (at least 2 if not + professors with similar interests), you should definitely go. Especially UT Austin. If you go to Rice, you would have to work a bit harder for a TT but it's not impossible, I know many plenty of people who got TT from Virginia, Washington, Brown, etc which are in the same ranking, if not lower, as Rice. But to be honest, we all have to work extra hard in this market. It will all come down to your output and how aggressive your advisor is in helping you land a position. 

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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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53 minutes ago, PolNerd said:

UT Austin is NOT a mid-ranked program; not even close. It is a top 20. Rice maybe but even then it is on the upper end of that range. Both of those schools are great and if you purposely applied to these programs because of the fit (at least 2 if not + professors with similar interests), you should definitely go. Especially UT Austin. If you go to Rice, you would have to work a bit harder for a TT but it's not impossible, I know many plenty of people who got TT from Virginia, Washington, Brown, etc which are in the same ranking, if not lower, as Rice. But to be honest, we all have to work extra hard in this market. It will all come down to your output and how aggressive your advisor is in helping you land a position. 

You're absolutely right. I have been thinking about it and UT Austin will be a confirmed yes on my side if I do get off the waitlist. And at this point, I can see myself at Rice too. I appreciate your opinion. Sometimes when you look at T10 and their placements you feel like every other place is almost "inferior" (for the lack of a better word), but I'm realizing that there's a lot more to it. 

I'm grateful to have a space like this where I have been able to openly discuss my doubts and all this feedback almost serves as a wake-up call. At this point, I do think CIR will serve as a solid "backup" only if both the waitlists don't end up working out. 

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Hi everyone! Thanks for sharing! Quick question, how do you think about doing a Political Science PhD in Australia?

I am an international student who got rejected by almost every U.S. program I applied to. I plan to take a gap year to reapply to U.S. programs, but my families suggest that I should join ANU. Your advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance!😄

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45 minutes ago, Angelo X said:

Hi everyone! Thanks for sharing! Quick question, how do you think about doing a Political Science PhD in Australia?

I am an international student who got rejected by almost every U.S. program I applied to. I plan to take a gap year to reapply to U.S. programs, but my families suggest that I should join ANU. Your advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance!😄

I have no idea about the education system, or the scope of Poli Sci in Australia. However, I have seen ANU pop up often on the websites of good US PhD programs when looking at their placements. If after getting an American PhD, people go to ANU then I'm assuming the gap isn't too wide and it might be similar? 

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1 hour ago, Angelo X said:

Hi everyone! Thanks for sharing! Quick question, how do you think about doing a Political Science PhD in Australia?

I am an international student who got rejected by almost every U.S. program I applied to. I plan to take a gap year to reapply to U.S. programs, but my families suggest that I should join ANU. Your advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance!😄

I don't know a lot about ANU's PhD program but I've been there for a conference so I know a thing or two about the school. The campus has a nice feeling. The people are very nice and diverse too.

I also know a few things about the IR-related studies there. But it depends. Is your subfield IR?

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1 hour ago, Angelo X said:

Hi everyone! Thanks for sharing! Quick question, how do you think about doing a Political Science PhD in Australia?

I am an international student who got rejected by almost every U.S. program I applied to. I plan to take a gap year to reapply to U.S. programs, but my families suggest that I should join ANU. Your advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance!😄

I have friends who went to college in Australia so my impression was that the educational system isn’t very different from that in Canada or the UK. In my recollection there have also been scholars who gave yearlong guest lectures or visited as fellows there.

But I assume like anywhere else it’s easier to go from a North America education to employment elsewhere than the other way around. So you probably wanna consider whether you feel comfortable getting a teaching position there and staying in Australia (or perhaps you don’t see going into academia as the only option, in that case it’s probably still likely to go back to the US and work in think tanks etc. )

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19 minutes ago, natpvh72 said:

I don't know a lot about ANU's PhD program but I've been there for a conference so I know a thing or two about the school. The campus has a nice feeling. The people are very nice and diverse too.

I also know a few things about the IR-related studies there. But it depends. Is your subfield IR?

Thanks a lot! Yes, I am in the IR subfield.

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43 minutes ago, Angelo X said:

Thanks a lot! Yes, I am in the IR subfield.

Cool! Ok so what I know about ANU is that overall they seem to have a constructivist style of studying IR. Not very quant-heavy. And they also excel at the kind of research that is policy-oriented, unlike many schools in the US where Poli Sci and IR scholars dive into the patterns and phenomenon of politics. So it depends on which kind of research you would like to conduct - the more policy-oriented or the more basic science.

In terms of regions, ANU is also very strong at Asia-Pacific IR and American foreign policy. I'm also an international student myself and come from a Southeast Asian country. And I know ANU is one of the best schools to study IR in Asia-Pacific.

Another strength of ANU is that, due to its policy-oriented research and reputation, it has connections with policy makers in Australia as well as other countries in the region. Mostly because they produce a lot of graduates that are either diplomats or scholars in these countries as well. I know this because I have been exposed to this network, their faculty and students literally have connections with top-level policy makers in many countries. Some top IR scholars/consultants and diplomats for my country's foreign affairs dept graduated from here. This can help you to connect with what's actually going on in the policy community and can be beneficial for both your studies and future career (again depending on the type you want to pursue).

Overall, I think it's a good choice if you want to be a scholar researching policy-related stuff, a policy-analyst, or some related careers. The reputation of ANU as the best in Australia and one of the best globally (for our field) can help you land a job in many places. But if you want to study something like what US schools do and/or to get a job at the US eventually then it might be not for you.

Hope that helps.

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34 minutes ago, natpvh72 said:

Cool! Ok so what I know about ANU is that overall they seem to have a constructivist style of studying IR. Not very quant-heavy. And they also excel at the kind of research that is policy-oriented, unlike many schools in the US where Poli Sci and IR scholars dive into the patterns and phenomenon of politics. So it depends on which kind of research you would like to conduct - the more policy-oriented or the more basic science.

In terms of regions, ANU is also very strong at Asia-Pacific IR and American foreign policy. I'm also an international student myself and come from a Southeast Asian country. And I know ANU is one of the best schools to study IR in Asia-Pacific.

Another strength of ANU is that, due to its policy-oriented research and reputation, it has connections with policy makers in Australia as well as other countries in the region. Mostly because they produce a lot of graduates that are either diplomats or scholars in these countries as well. I know this because I have been exposed to this network, their faculty and students literally have connections with top-level policy makers in many countries. Some top IR scholars/consultants and diplomats for my country's foreign affairs dept graduated from here. This can help you to connect with what's actually going on in the policy community and can be beneficial for both your studies and future career (again depending on the type you want to pursue).

Overall, I think it's a good choice if you want to be a scholar researching policy-related stuff, a policy-analyst, or some related careers. The reputation of ANU as the best in Australia and one of the best globally (for our field) can help you land a job in many places. But if you want to study something like what US schools do and/or to get a job at the US eventually then it might be not for you.

Hope that helps.

Thank you so much for your insightful advice! I am really grateful for it, and it would certainly help me make decisions.

Again, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to every person who gave me suggestions.

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25 minutes ago, Angelo X said:

Thank you so much for your insightful advice! I am really grateful for it, and it would certainly help me make decisions.

Again, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to every person who gave me suggestions.

Sure thing :) 

Hope it'll all go well for you no matter which way you choose!

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13 hours ago, Angelo X said:

Hi everyone! Thanks for sharing! Quick question, how do you think about doing a Political Science PhD in Australia?

I am an international student who got rejected by almost every U.S. program I applied to. I plan to take a gap year to reapply to U.S. programs, but my families suggest that I should join ANU. Your advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance!😄

If your research is focused on Asia-Pacific and you are planning on working at Asian universities (Taiwan, China, Singapore) then ANU is a really good option. I know several scholars (recent grads) who received their degrees there. I can't speak to the US academic market value of ANU though!

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On 3/3/2021 at 11:18 PM, gradpumpkin said:

That's great to know! I haven't heard back but I'm kinda debating between a program like MAPSS (only IF I got full tuition) and a MA doctoral gateway program at a substantially lower-ranked school that gives you full tuition and stipend. Any thoughts? 

Hope you don't mind me asking but which schools run MA doctoral gateway progs with full-tuition?

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49 minutes ago, icemanyeo said:

If your research is focused on Asia-Pacific and you are planning on working at Asian universities (Taiwan, China, Singapore) then ANU is a really good option. I know several scholars (recent grads) who received their degrees there. I can't speak to the US academic market value of ANU though!

True! I would also add Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia to your list as well. 

In terms of US market, I've noticed a few people working in the US graduated from ANU. But I think it is harder (of course not impossible) to get an academic job in the US with any non-US PhD, whether from Australia or anywhere else.

Btw congratulations on your acceptance to Concordia!! I'm not too active in the forum but I know you've been a positive force here. Makes me happy to see a helpful and positive person like you get accepted. You surely earned it :) 

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Just now, Polysciapplicant21 said:

Anyone heard from JH SAIS for PhD programs? Looks like some Masters results are coming in today

I think they will publish their result on March 26.

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3 hours ago, defcaffeinated said:

Hope you don't mind me asking but which schools run MA doctoral gateway progs with full-tuition?

Most of the ones I have seen are for URMs but if you search for Gateway to the Doctorate programs there are quite a few! They seem like really good opportunities and are a good signal to adcomms that you're targeting your development specifically towards the PhD. 

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29 minutes ago, Professoreire said:

For the person accepted to CUNY. What was your subfield? I also had a long interview but no word yet. Also have a few offers from other universities but plan on rescinding them if get good news from CUNY

Hi! I'm in the same boat, had a long interview and it seemed it had been great (plus I had thought the interview meant we were basically in) but haven't heard back yet... I only applied to three programs and I've already had a rejection, the other one seems to be a rejection as well, and CUNY was my top choice too... I talked to someone here who had been accepted a few days after the interview, I think their subfield was IR (mine too)... so I don't know what to think. What's your subfield? 

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13 minutes ago, iamlia said:

Hi! I'm in the same boat, had a long interview and it seemed it had been great (plus I had thought the interview meant we were basically in) but haven't heard back yet... I only applied to three programs and I've already had a rejection, the other one seems to be a rejection as well, and CUNY was my top choice too... I talked to someone here who had been accepted a few days after the interview, I think their subfield was IR (mine too)... so I don't know what to think. What's your subfield? 

 

45 minutes ago, Professoreire said:

For the person accepted to CUNY. What was your subfield? I also had a long interview but no word yet. Also have a few offers from other universities but plan on rescinding them if get good news from CUNY

Wow that was fast. Just received an email of rejection. It says that because I don't have an MA in Political Science they can only offer me admission to the Master's, and that I should be getting an offer soon. 

Hope you have better luck!

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CUNY folks - I was accepted for the master's program (I applied for master's) and will be starting in the fall (subfield: theory), would love to chat with anyone else who's going. Message me!

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Just wanted to say I've enjoyed being on this forum.  Thank you all for being so supportive! This place has been a haven amid all the stress and anxiety.

I'm still waiting on a couple of programs I'm interested in (Michigan and UBC).  I also have a UCI acceptance, so at this point I know I'll be going to one of these 3 schools.  It might take a month to hear back from the waitlist though, so I'll be bowing out. 

Best of luck to everyone!

 

 

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Hi everyone chatting about CUNY. I have received an email a couple of days after the interview (although the interviewer told me that it might takes weeks). I am offered full funding for five years (IR), and intend to accept, but I would like to first attend an upcoming 'Welcome' workshop to learn more about procedures. I appreciate the offer and the overall approach of the CUNY (they were incredibly supportive from the very beginning of the admission cycle) but still wondering how to manage finances in NY (*I am an international candidate). I would love to hear your thoughts on my options to apply for a part time job during the first year (up to 20 hours per week on F1 visa), and whether I should reach them to ask for such opportunity? I already have a graduate degree and 5+ years of research/teaching experience, so would look for a balance between working and studying (quite natural for the background I come from).

 Overall, a couple of questions to figure out before officially responding, but not sure if I come up with each toward the GC? Appreciate your comments! :)

p.s. Since I am going to be in the city on another academic program by the end of March, I wonder is it unusual to ask if I can visit the school in person, to feel vibes and basically get insight on how everything works. Although I've been to NYC before, it is quite difficult to judge from the Ocean across. :D

 

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2 hours ago, iamlia said:

 

Wow that was fast. Just received an email of rejection. It says that because I don't have an MA in Political Science they can only offer me admission to the Master's, and that I should be getting an offer soon. 

Hope you have better luck!

 

3 hours ago, Professoreire said:

For the person accepted to CUNY. What was your subfield? I also had a long interview but no word yet. Also have a few offers from other universities but plan on rescinding them if get good news from CUNY

Hi, my subfield is IS. I had an interview on Feb 25, and three days after received a formal invitation, after which I got a funding offer as well. Please keep in mind that I was told not to be surprised if don't hear from them in weeks. Luckily I did, but it does not mean it is the same for all. Fingers crossed! 

p.s. I have posted a comment bellow (forgot to quote) for more and few of questions that I am looking to answer. Thanks :)

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