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I'll likely be applying for a PhD in English literature for 2022 (I'm a non-UK student applying to UK institutions). Lately, I've started to think about what I should include in my academic CV. I know, of course, that I should include all things academic (in my case a BA, an MA, a few grad conferences).
What about non-academic experience or achievements? I already know that I should omit my TEFL (Young Learners) experience. I'm also working as a translator (from my native language to English) for a culture website and I'll have written a few articles of my own for them, as well as for a student magazine at my university.
My question is, does any of that matter as far as PhD applications are concerned? Does any non-academic stuff (like job experience or volunteer work) count towards the application at all and, if so, how do I know what's important and what isn't?
Thank you very much for answering.
I might obtain a reference from a professor who taught several of the modules I attended while on an exchange in Wales. That was during my second year of undergrad though, so I'm not even sure she remembers me, not to mention that the work I did back then was, well, on an undergrad level.
As to AHRC in particular - from what I've read, they don't have access to applicants' personal details, such as the institution(s) where they studied or even transcripts, I think. However, to be considered by AHRC, an applicant must be nominated by the university first.
I'll certainly give it a try, especially that there are two universities (or, to be more exact, two supervisors) that would be perfect for the project I have in mind.
I'm considering applying to several UK universities for a PhD in English lit. (My project will likely concern British modernism & either new materialism or environmental criticism.)
Obviously, I'll also be applying for funding, both AHRC and scholarships awarded by the university. However, recently I've started wondering whether it even makes sense.
I'm from a country in Central Europe, where universities aren't particularly prestigious. I did my BA here, I'm doing my MA here also. I've always wanted to study in the UK, but I never have - for financial reasons.
Now, I know that I'm technically eligible for the funding I'm interested in, but I'm also aware that all funding is extremely competitive in the Arts and I fear that I won't stand a chance due to my educational background. I've heard from someone once that it's extremely difficult to secure funding in the UK with a Master's from a university outside the UK. I know that university prestige isn't the most crucial factor, but I'm still worried that my application will stand no chance compared to all of those candidates from Russel Group institutions & with references written by prominent scholars in the field.
So, I guess my question is, are my chances as slim as I think they are? If I did apply, it would be for 2022, but if I decided to do a PhD in my country I could start this year, so I'd rather know in advance if my chances are close to zero.
My BA grades are fine, by the way (equivalent of a First, I think), my MA results should be pretty good as well.
If anyone has any advice on what to do for my application to be more competitive, I'd appreciate that as well.
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