How much funding?
I was lucky to be a winner of a competitive funding prize for students from over 15 countries in Europe. The prize is quite restrictive (only 1-2 students get it), awarded purely based on academic merit and is meant to be an addition to schools' funding. I have communicated this info to the all the places I applied to right away in hope that it may provide the adcom's with some external validation. Do you think this has an impact if the committee members know about the prize? It is quite known in Europe. I am unsure about the USA, but that is where most of my schools are, as they are in the top 15.
Last edited by sargeras23; 01-19-2019 at 11:20 AM.
Curious to hear what the faculty on this forum have to say about this.
That's right! Perhaps not three, but it indeed is a generous prize. Of course, it is conditional on me getting admitted, so I hope it may increase my chances slightly. I notified the schools about it in the meantime. (didn't receive responses from all though)
It is not that helpful. If the award covered tuition expenses than it would be helpful, but living expenses is not that attractive because most students cover their living expenses with activities that generate the department money, such as teaching.
Thank you for the reply. I was hoping that it might be a signal of value of some sort since it is quite a difficult prize to get and it is given mainly based on current research. But, oh well, it certainly won't hurt to have it.
It definitely won't hurt, but I also don't think it will help that much -- especially if the award is not that well known. Now, if you had won something like the NSF (which covers both tuition and stipend IIRC), then that would be a different story.
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