linp4 Posted November 3, 2015 Share Posted November 3, 2015 Hi all, I am applying to 2016 fall programs and having a hard time picking schools that are within the realm of possibility for me. So I hope I can get some feedback on my profile and my school choices. Undergraduate: National Taiwan University Major: International Relations GPA: 3.92/4.3 = 87% (not sure how to convert it to 4.0 scale) Graduate: MSc Political Theory, LSE Graduate grade: (I haven't got the final mark but should be overall merit ) Research experiences: master studies and dissertation; research assistant at NTU (Quantitative) Other experience: Co-founder and senior editor of a peer-review journal at LSE GRE: just took it and will retake, V:155; Q:162 AWA: I haven't got it LoR: One young PT associate prof at LSE; one PT prof at LSE (my supervisor); one philosophy prof at NTU; one young PT associate prof at NTU Area of interest: (Building on my master thesis) Political Theory & IR & Comparative politics: Liberalism and its critics; multiculturalism; global justice; human rights; international political theory; East Asia/China Politics I have been told by one of my referee that I am aiming too high based on my graduate marks so I have been freaking out over picking programs. My biggest concern is fitness, I want to do comparative political theory on East vs West. I would like to focus on mostly political theory (on global justice), a bit IR since i will deal with IPT, IR law and global issues and comparative politics on East Asia/ China. I have consulted with some profs about my proposal and the problem is that this is a relatively unusual/ not mainstream topic so I have to be careful about the fitness problem. Of course I will alter bits according to the faculty but this is roughly my plan. I have picked the following programs, mostly based on what my prof (who knows the field) recommended but she has no idea about my performance: Princeton; Yale; Harvard; John-Hopkins; Columbia; Chicago; Stanford; UC Berkeley; UCLA; NYU; Duke; Cornell; Georgetown; Brown; UT Austin; Penn I know this list may be way beyond my reach but mediocre universities have very limited number of profs in PT and they rarely match my interests. Also, I can't afford a phd without funding. I have a hard time figuring out which schools i should cross out (they are all good and have at least two profs that sorta match my interests) and which i should include so I thought if i can any advice here. Please tell me how realistic it is for me to get into those programs and if anyone knows other programs that are less competitive but still strong in PT or open to my proposal. Thanks! Good luck with your applications! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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