Today, we will be starting a new series of post. These post will be all about the Ph.D application process or doctorate degree. While I have not been accepted (yet) and my application is in process, I want to start documenting my adventure and some points and mistakes I have made that you can avoid.
Applying for a Ph.D. is actually more stressful than I thought, especially when you want to specialize on a topic not that popular in terms of how many professors are out there in the UK for my field. I specialize in the memory and history of the Spanish Civil War and how it was and is commemorated throughout Spain. On top of not finding many supervisors on my field, I also have other criteria: there has to be an International Christian Church in the town that I go. For my masters, I went to Newcastle University, and the closest church was 6 hours away by bus (which was the cheapest mean of transportation). And while I got a merit in both my dissertation and on my degree, I believe I could have done much better if I had a church in my university town. So, this time I will make sure to be as close to a church as I can. Meaning finding a supervisor in a very small pool of supervisors.
I send emails to about 7 supervisors who specialize in Spanish history of some sort. It has taken me months between researching schools and looking for supervisors that are first in my field. Secondly, that is willing to supervise me. After months of searches, I found a supervisor at a university where there is one of my churches. I praise God that he made this possible, for without Him it would not be possible. God also made possible for me to be able to write a good research proposal in a good amount of time.
Writing a research proposal deserves its own post so I will make a video blog and a post about it. It will be it’s own post because it is so critical for you to have a plan on thesis statements that you will develop into a proposal, and later project.
So, in conclusion, what you can take from this post is to PLAN AHEAD OF TIME! Always plan everything, make timelines, keep a journal with notes, keep a calendar, and always flag emails from professors and universities you are interested in.
So I hope you look forward to this blog series about the Ph.D.application process!
All the love!!