busybee Posted October 17, 2015 Share Posted October 17, 2015 My graduate school search has been mostly about matching up my interests with POIs, theoretical approaches of departments, and whether or not there is funding. My interests are limited to an area of the world that is rarely studied in cultural anthropology (but my research is relevant and important work that needs to be done). Therefore, I only have three schools so far that I am very enthusiastic about. I know I am supposed to apply to at least 5 schools, but I am struggling to pick two more.How can I email POIs at schools that sort of fit my requirements about a potential project that does not totally match their interests? Should I simply pour all of my energy and resources into these three schools and the NSF? Or should I manipulate my project in emails to them (this is advice I received from my advisor) and make it seem closer to their interests? Two are top schools and two do not have automatic funding, although I would love to work with my POIs at all three schools. I admire all of their work and approaches greatly.It has been frustrating looking for the tenth time for new schools--especially when I have exhausted all resources in trying to find other schools; reverse google scholar searches of all the projects that even slightly relate to my interests, advanced google searches of faculty and .edu domains of various forms of my key words and interests, etc. I'm not sure what else to do at this point, and would love advice from anyone here. I feel like pouring all of my time and energy into three applications to schools that I am very interested in, rather than spending time trying to manipulate my apps and interest emails, would be better spent. But I'm new with all of this stuff and I honestly do not know. I feel like I'd rather wait and apply again if I do not get into my top choices than accept a position at a "safety" school.Thanks in advance for any advice. I am tired about stressing about simply finding enough schools at this point. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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