TigerNN Posted September 22, 2015 Share Posted September 22, 2015 I've been debating this issue for a year now and decided to finally get it out of my head and get some feedback....I'm in the 2nd year of a (fully-funded) PhD program in history at a not-so-prestigious school in a not-well-ranked program. Though my progress has been good, I'm not too happy with the program. My department only has 2 faculty members working on my field (one of them is my supervisor), and i'm their only grad student, so I don't really feel like I have a cohort or an academic community in which I belong. It's sad because when I do get a chance to engage with researchers - students and faculty - working on my field in conferences or other contexts, It's a lot of fun and really helpful for me academically. Another concern I have is about getting a job after graduating from this not so prestigious university.When I applied, I got an offer from my current school and from another program where the funding was not so great, so I ended up choosing this program (where the funding is better). In hindsight, I think the other program would have been better since the department was a better fit, but I didn't think it was such an important factor. Anyway, I was thinking of applying to two or three programs in top-tier universities in the US for fall 2016. I was wondering if anyone has any kind of experience with that - how feasible is it that I would be offered admission into a new program? on the positive side, my research interests and dissertation ideas are much more solid right now, so I think I could write a better SOP. I was also awarded some fellowships in my program, went to conferences etc': i have more accomplishments to show. on the other hand, I'm not sure how an admission's committee would look at such an application.Obviously I would do it only if i'd have my current supervisor's support, so I need to talk to her. Any insights or advice you might have is really appreciated! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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