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Thread: Depression

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02-May-11, 14:51
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posted about 9 years ago
Don't know exactly but I would certainly only tell him if you think he is going to be sensitive.

Other than that I hope you don't get so down that you HAVE to tell him.
Hope it works out.

Thread: Don't think I will ever get PhD funding :-(

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02-May-11, 10:42
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I'm going through a really tough emotional time at the moment waiting to hear about funding )in a totally different area) and I really feel for what you're going through.

Having said that reading through this thread has given me a bit of hope. I have managed to get supervisors behind me before I made my applications and according to this thread that is the best way to go. So even though the next few weeks will be a difficult waiting time I've got another little bit of god news.

Best of luck mate. Hope it all works out.

Thread: 3 Acceptances-How Paranoid Should I Be.

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01-Apr-11, 10:37
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Quote From rsheridan:

Like you, I am waiting for the outcome of funding applications, and can't follow through on offers of a place unless I am funded. In my experience, offers of a phd place are freely handed out by universities, but offers of funding are almost like golddust. I have a first class degree and a distinction in my masters (my discipline is English literature) but I have not received funding despite offers of places from universities, and being told that I have a strong phd proposal. It is incredibly disheartening to be in this situation, I don't know what I need to do or change to get funding.

That's just my experience though, I hope you get everything you have applied for!


Wish you the best of luck too.

Mine is in Politics.+ Got another acceptance so am now on four but still no talk of funding asyet.

I hope that it's not true that they throw acceptnces out like confetti by the way....

Is that other people's experience too???

Thread: 3 Acceptances-How Paranoid Should I Be.

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22-Mar-11, 15:41
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Something seems to be wrong with the way my first post came out (I can't read the fist line but it might just be something on my computer).
so just to be clear I've got three acceptances (Brunel, Queen Mary, and King's) but won't know about scholarships etc till May.

Any words of advice/encouragement/ experience anyone?? Liike I say, what I am most looking for is a guide to my chances (and as I say I do know that that's a bit nebulous..)

Most likely source will be the ERSC...

To the person who posted above, doing a PhD was my plan B. Coming from my background even after getting an M.A. distinction I had to convince myself that I would be able to even apply for a PhD place let alone get one. Not criticising your post though. I know yo mean well.

Thread: 3 Acceptances-How Paranoid Should I Be.

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22-Mar-11, 09:44
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I have sent out all my applications a dn got three acceptaces (queen mary, Brunel and King's) but as yet I haven't secured any funding/scholarships.So I am totally freaking out

I will know whether I have or not in May.
So my question is how worried should I be?? (quite simply cannot do a PhD without funding) Obviously it's an intangible question and the best I can hope for is "My experience is..." or "Chances are that..." but any actual info form ayone with some experience would be great.

p.s. it's a politics PhD.

Anyone...????

Thread: "How do you intend to fund your study?"

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30-Nov-10, 11:20
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(apologies in advance for asking another funding question. loads of them onn this forum...)

Quick question.
Am applying to do a PhD at various institutions Application process is going quite well and have got good feedback so far.
On the majority of the forms there is a question "How do you intend to fund your study?".
The honest answer is through a studentship or through the ESRC.
Is it wise to put that??

Only the LSE insist that you be completely able to fund yourself so I will have to tell them a white lie. Good news there is that as soon as you apply you automatically are applying for funding too.

Should I tell white lies to the other ones too?
Any ideas??

Thread: PhD Year One, Year Two, Year Three

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20-Oct-10, 12:43
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Gantt chart is a great idea.
Only problem I can think of is that a Gantt chart by its very nature is detailed but the advice I am getting is to keep the timeline slightly vague.

Any thoughts anyone?

Thread: PhD Year One, Year Two, Year Three

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20-Oct-10, 11:14
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Hi All
Need to ask or a bit of advice.
Have finished writing my dissertation Proposal and am just getting ready to send it out to institution + the AHRC/ ESRC etc.

At the very end of my proposal I have a little section on my proposed research timeline (Year One, Year Two, Year Three etc) but need to fill it in a little bit.
I get that the bsic timeline should be Year One Research and Reading
Year Two Writing it up and Year Three finishing and doing some teaching (deending on the institution) but need something to fill in the gaps.
Anyone know of any good templates I canuse as a base??

Also do they want it broken down into semesters or into years?

Anyone??

Thread: When your writing a PhD application...

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01-Oct-10, 23:38
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I thought so but I wanted to check with a few other people.

Also. does anyone know of a good site for PhD proposal guidance?
PLeeease....

Thread: When your writing a PhD application...

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01-Oct-10, 21:47
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should the thesis description have footnotes citations or just be written as plain prose?
The advise I have been given is t show that I have done relevant reading but how should I highlight that in the application?

Thread: I've got an MA distintion but...

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14-Aug-10, 18:55
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Quote From bewildered:

williambriggs - for Politics your best chance to to target institutions with ESRC quota places, ahead of those who can only offer a spot in the open competition. The open competition seems to only be funding applications these day with an A+ score - so top marks for project, supervisory team and candidate, and it's then that people with 2:1s + distinction seem to be losing out to those with 1sts = distinction. If you can grab a quota place, it doesn't matter.


When you say "target" them I'm guessing that you mean search out institutions with ESRC places and a supervisor who would be good for my specific subject, yes?

Thread: I've got an MA distintion but...

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01-Aug-10, 10:17
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So I could have applied to start in Sept this year then?
Damn.
Was reading elsewhere on this forum (or maybe another one) that someone was told at the start of their MA course that if they were thinking about doing a PhD should forget it if they didn't get at least a first in their BA. So that's comforting.

What's "RA" though???

Thread: I've got an MA distintion but...

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31-Jul-10, 23:35
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In February this year I was awarded an MA distinction in International Politics with the highest mark of anyone on the course.
Because I graduated in Feb I could not apply for a PhD starting in Autumn this year and will start applying shortly for studentships for PhD's starting in Autumn 2011.

I was hoping to start a thread that will help,guide an reassure few people but first I have one question.

Is it true that it is basically pointless applying for any kind of PhD funding if you got a 2:1 on your BA?
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