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Just saw the first result (a rejection) on the board. Anyone else hear from Vanderbilt? I wasn't expecting to hear from them till March since they were the latest due date for me, but clearly at least one person got a decision. It was a Latin Americanist, and their note said that field could only take one person this year, so maybe this does not apply to all fields? If you did hear back, can you let us know your field? Thanks!

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in previous years they seem to send out acceptances in late Feb.

I am particularly nervous about this one. Both because Vandy really matches my interests well, and sentimentally, as my grandfather (who is in my avatar pic) got his PhD. there in the 30's. His dissertation director was Frank Owsley, by the way.

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I was the Vanderbilt history poster from today. I'm currently at Vandy in the Latin American Studies MA program and I was really hoping to stay since my wife already has a good job here. It looks like I jumped the gun on my post a little bit, but my professor said the notifications should go out within the next few days. I'm pretty sure he said there are 12 spots overall and about 250 applicants. Good luck to everyone.

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I was the Vanderbilt history poster from today. I'm currently at Vandy in the Latin American Studies MA program and I was really hoping to stay since my wife already has a good job here. It looks like I jumped the gun on my post a little bit, but my professor said the notifications should go out within the next few days. I 'm pretty sure he said there are 12 spots overall and about 250 applaicants. Good luck to everyone.

Thanks, that's helpful information!

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Got my formal letter finally, with a note on funding. They technically only guarantee the first year, with a promise that funding be given for proceeding years as long as I progress satisfactorily. Is this different than being told "we will fund you at X amount, as long as you progress satisfactorily" or could the amount given to me in the second year decrease? If anyone knows, especially in regards to Vanderbilt, I'd be curious to hear your insight.

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Got my formal letter finally, with a note on funding. They technically only guarantee the first year, with a promise that funding be given for proceeding years as long as I progress satisfactorily. Is this different than being told "we will fund you at X amount, as long as you progress satisfactorily" or could the amount given to me in the second year decrease? If anyone knows, especially in regards to Vanderbilt, I'd be curious to hear your insight.

I don't know about Vanderbilt, but if you read most schools' offers closely, they are all contingent on making satisfactory progress. So the language focuses on the 5-year (or whatever) guarantee but is premised upon meeting program (and university) milestones. I wouldn't read anything into it; Vandy is just being more candid.

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