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Hi to all of you! I wish you a happy New Year and successfull results with your applications!!!!

I wanted to ask if any of you have applied to Brown for Phd in Political Science and what your numbers are (educational history, GPA, GRE etc.). Since i am international myself i am more interested in international students, although every comment or information on the topic is welcome. 

Moreover, I would like to ask if anyone knows what the Brown Univeristy funding package consists of in terms of dollars (amount of monthly stipend for instance and if this amount of money is sufficint to cover your living expenses). 

Thank you all!!

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I applied! One year out of undergrad, 3.87 GPA, and 169/160/5.0 GRE. Best of luck! What subfield are you hoping to go into?

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I applied too, as it so happens that they have a comparativist working exactly in my field of interest.


International student, so no GPA (though graduated second from my MA program).

Four years out of uni, work experience as a journalist.

166/167/5.5 GRE


No idea about funding etc. though. My first time applying there too.

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Well, first of all, I do hope that you applied to more than one university. Secondly, if you did, I hope that you applied to programs aside from those of the Ivies.

Regarding your question, as you yourself note, your GRE scores are low and won't be doing you any favors. Some of the places that don't place a lot of emphasis on ensuring that all of their students have a solid quantitative background (e.g., Brown, Johns Hopkins, etc.) may be willing to consider your application despite your low scores. But, for any program, I think that you will need to make up for you low GRE scores with excellent letters of recommendation, a high quality personal letter that demonstrates good fit, and a writing sample that showcases a high command of the English language and strong analytical capabilities.

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Last year, Brown released admission decisions in the second half of February.

As for funding, some departments list it on their websites, some do not.

Generally , though, there are three tiers for publics: 13-15k, 17-18k, 20k or a little more.

Private universities are typically offer more (substantially more at some places)

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On 1/28/2016 at 6:24 AM, aspiringivyleaguer said:

Moreover does anyone know where i can find information on funding packages of political science phd programs? 


Per PSR (comports with what I've heard):

"Baseline package at Brown: 23,500 + 2500 for 4 summers. You can apply for extra money for one year of fieldwork in 4th or 5th year, summer methods programs and writing fellowships for dissertation from the department. Other centers and programs can provide additional funds for summer fieldwork."

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