Cory Leonard

The Duck of Minerva: Applying for a PhD in Political Science

In career on August 12, 2012 at 3:14 am

Good advice for students pondering the so-called “life of the mind” (Ph.D. program):

I teach at Georgetown and not at, say, Harvard or Princeton. We have a solid PhD program with excellent students, but we are not as competitive as the so-called “top tier.” Yet we routinely receive, for example, over three hundred applicants in the subfield of International Relations. And two fellowships. In some years we will let in twenty people aiming for a class of five. Do the math.

That’s right… you have a slightly better chance of getting into our IR PhD than a high-school senior has of getting into Harvard. Some years your chances are worse. The odds of being offered a fellowship are significantly lower.

via The Duck of Minerva: Applying for a PhD in Political Science.

via The Duck of Minerva: Applying for a PhD in Political Science.

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