TheWalkingGrad Posted October 18, 2015 Share Posted October 18, 2015 Goal: PhD in Political ScienceType of Undergrad Institution: #1 University in BrazilMajor: International RelationsUndergrad GPA: 3.66Type of Grad: M.A. in International Strategic Studies at the same university.Grad Focus: National Security InstitutionsGrad GPA: 3.71GRE: 166 V, 162 Q, 4.0 AWATOEFL: 116Letters of Recommendation: I have one great letter from my academic advisor, who is pretty well known in our field (international security and intelligence). The other two will be fine I think. I'm asking two guys who were my professors both during undergrad and grad school, so they know me well. One of them is an economist who is very well known in Brazil, but I'm not sure elsewhere. The other guy works with methodology and is one of the coordinators of the World Value Survey project.Research Experience: 1. Three research projects with my advisor; 2. Undergrad and M.A. theses; 3. 3 papers in Brazilian journals (lower level journals, for undergrad), 3 book chapters, and 4 papers presented in conferences in Brazil, US and Peru (next year I'll present 2 papers at ISA)Teaching Experience: 2 semesters being a TA during my masters (Security Studies and International Relations Theory B ); I've been teaching a few seminars about geopolitic issues in a prep course.Subfield/Research Interests: comparative politics, security institutions, national security I think my main weaknesses are my GPA, which could be better, my AWA score (but maybe the TOEFL can counter that) and the fact that even though I went to the best university in Brazil (and my undergrad program ranking #1), I'm not sure if that'll be acknowledged by the admissions committee. My goal is to get in Georgetown or George Washington, but I don't think my application is strong enough. I've sent my GRE scores to Brown and Boston U as well. Thoughts? Tips? Advice on where else I should apply? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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