Hands-On Advice on How to Get In.
Are you planning to apply to a PhD program in the United States? The application process can seem daunting and requires time and effort. Two students of the Study Foundation, Sarina Kürsteiner and Madeline Woker, who have recently started a PhD in history at Columbia University, are offering a workshop that is intended to provide a useful orientation session for students of the Foundation who are interested in applying to PhD programs in the United States for an entry in the Fall of 2016. Sarina and Madeline wish to help others maximize their chances to get admitted to the program of their choice by providing insiders’ tips and advice.
The workshop will include a quick presentation on the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing a PhD in the United States, the specific structure of US PhDs, application strategies and budgeting. Most importantly, Sarina and Madeline will go through the application checklist, providing comments and examples on each item (GRE, TOEFL, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, writing sample if applicable, transcripts translation, etc.).
Most of the examples and advices concern the structure of a PhD in the Humanities and Social Sciences (literature, languages, history, sociology, political science, economics etc.). However, general information about a PhD in the Natural Sciences will also be provided.
Sarina and Madeline also offer to accompany students during their application process. If you encounter specific questions, or need any other support (e.g. proof reading of their statement of purpose) they will assist applicants as much as time allows.
Introduction and General Information about American PhD Programs
– Advantages and Disadvantages of Pursuing a PhD in the United States
– Specific Structure of US PhD Programs
After Graduate School
Planning an Application
– When to apply and how “well-equipped” should you be?
– Application Strategies and Budgeting
Checklist of Required Documents
– Choosing a University + Statement of Purpose
– How does the Admission Process work?
– Letters of Recommendation
– Writing Sample
– Transcripts – Translations
– Funding, Health Insurance, Housing
Date and Time: Friday, August 21, 2015, 2pm to 5.30pm (including apéro)
Location: University of Berne
Number of Participants: a maximum of 15 participants