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Philosophy Graduate Program Application Information Spreadsheet

Someone created a useful tool for students applying to graduate programs in philosophy: an admissions and application spreadsheet. It lists many* programs (from North America) along with information about deadlines, test requirements, language requirements, and so on, and provides links to the various graduate programs’ websites. It was created by a graduate student who initially posted it at The Grad Cafe. You can access the spreadsheet directly here. *Not all. For example, the University of South Carolina is missing from the list. Information about that program is here. Feel free to list information about other programs not currently on the spreadsheet in the comments. The post Philosophy Graduate Program Application Information Spreadsheet appeared first on Daily [More]

U. Chicago Reforms PhD Programs: Lifts Limits on Funded Time, Sets Limits on Number of Students

The University of Chicago has announced several reforms to its Ph.D. programs in the humanities, social sciences, and some other fields. The changes cover graduate student funding and teaching responsibilities:  “Every enrolled PhD student in good academic standing has full tuition coverage, paid health insurance premiums, and funding for the duration of their program at least at the guaranteed stipend level,” apparently with no preset limit on the number of years one can receive funding (though presumably programs may remove students for lack of progress). Funding is independent of teaching duties—“Regardless of whether a student is teaching in a particular quarter or year, gross stipends will not vary”—and teaching duties will be aimed at helping graduate students “learn how to teach.” “The total number of PhD students across a particular school or division [e.g., Humanities, or Social Sciences, or Divinity] will be a fixed number, and new students will not be admitted until currently enrolled students graduate or leave their program. The model allows for variation across fields in time to degree and provides autonomy for departments to weigh the trade-off between entering cohort size and years in the program.” As Colleen Flaherty puts it at Inside Higher Ed: If full funding is the carrot to finish one’s degree in a timely manner, minimizing financial distractions, there is a stick—at least for departments. [More]

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