Juliana Góes Posted October 21, 2016 Share Posted October 21, 2016 Hello! First, I’m sorry because of the long topic, but I really need help. I'm a brazilian student and I wanna to apply this year for a PhD program in USA, probably in political science or sociology (I already have a bachelor degree in political science and I'm finishing my master degree right now). But, I don't have money to apply in many universities. I only will can do two applications. So, I need to choose the programs in which I will have more chances to be accepted (considering my profile). Can you help me indicating programs? I’m looking not only a PhD program where I can be accepted, but also a place that see the diversity as a good thing. In Brazil, I had the chance to study feminist and black theories, pluralism epistemological on social sciences, post colonialism, thinkers of Europe, India, Latin America, Africa, etc. And this diversity is important to me. About me, I did my BS at the UnB, a very good university in my country, and I’m doing my master degree at the UFMG, one of the best in political science around here. Actually, my advisor is the most eminent researcher on political participation of Brazil. But, I don’t know if this help with something… My TOEFL is 93, my GPA at the high school is 3.6 (I already checked). In my undergraduate, the GPA will be likely 3.7 after I do the conversion. In my masters, likely will be 3.8/3.9. But, I have big problems with GRE. I'll do the test in two weeks, but I already know that likely my scores will be something like 150V, 160Q and 3.5W. It is hard to me get more than this because just this year I started to write in English. I can do good essays, but I take more time than when I’m writing in Portuguese. I saw that some programs have English courses to help international students, and I think that will be important on my choice by the program. Without a good GRE, can I be accepted in some PhD program? I think that I have a good CV. I'm a black brazilian woman who was born in a poor community. I’ve survived the genocide of black people in my country and, because this, have studied political resistance against racism, colonialism, patriarchate, capitalism, etc. In my undergraduate, I researched a women’s group in a favela called Estrutural. The place was an open dump. People who survive the of collection of recyclable materials there began to build homes for their families around the garbage, creating the favela that has more than 10,000 families. The group of women that I researched was composed of residents of the region and builds day cares, homes, schools, etc., everything on base of the economic solidary. I also worked two years in the government in Brazil. I was hired to improve the dialogue between state and social movements (before of our political crises). Brazil is known to innovate the way how the democracy works, creating different participatory institutions, like participatory budgeting. I worked with this and helped to create public policies of gender and ethnic in my country. That year, I was part of important national associations of gender equality and race. After this, I moved to other city and started to work in one of the largest urban land conflict in Latin America. Some families occupied a private land that wasn't fulfilling its social fuction three years ago and now we have 8,000 families living there. The government wants to remove with violence these people, but some right humans organizations are working with these families for the guarantee of decent housing for everybody (and a change in the Brazil's habitation politicy). Today, this occupation is one of 10 more dangerous urban land conflict of the world. At the same time, I'm researching in my master degree the political organization of the sex workers in one of the biggest prostitution complex in Latin America. I also helped to build the first national culture project about prostitution managed only for sex workers of my country. Despite this experience, I don't have any paper publicized yet. However, my undergraduate research is available to the public by my university, in its website. Also, I have some articles that I wrote this year, but I'm waiting the publication of them. And, I had one paper approved in the IPSA Congress, but I didn’t get money to travel. I read in Spanish, and speak Portuguese and English. To end, I have some extra courses in introduction to statistics, stata and linear regression. Do I have any chance in some political science or sociology PhD program? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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