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Today I got the response to the last of my three Ph.D. applications this year, and the answer was no. Still, from their comments, the only negative thing that was apparent was my small list of academic publications (one). I don't think I messed up the interview, even if I probably did some rabbit in headlight impressions when I got questions I never had considered (Do you see this as an article based Ph.D. or a monograph?).

Contrary to the archaeologists in Stockholm and the osteologists in Lund, the Laborative archaeologists in Stockholm didn't include the commentaries on all applications, so I can't tell whether everyone of us six who got to the interview stage was good (and one, obviously, outstanding), or whether my application were one of the weakest in comparison. Oh, well. Back to the drawing board and better luck next time. Still, there's still the job application to the National Board of Antiquities, which if I get it (*fingers crossed*) would get me back in Swedish osteology/archaeology, get me more money and thereby hopefully give me better opportunities to do some background research for a future Ph.D.

Next step is checking the archaeological background for my research towns (Greifswald, Stralsund and Rostock) and gather more information on everything. And of course, find the time to write academic publications.

Date: 2011-06-22 10:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] phredd
I find it interesting that you're expected to have already been engaging in research and publishing of same so extensively before you enter a PhD program in Sweden. While I've been sitting on my masters here in the UK looking for work and trying to get some more archaeological experience and a job, I've got plenty of friends who went straight into a PhD program in the UK without any sort of publication record and really just the light bit of research they did in a one year's masters program. Also, that doesn't really seem to follow how things go in the US either (I'm American).

Date: 2011-06-24 12:26 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
That's a shame. I am a little surprised by their insistence on the publication record. I didn't have a paper to my name when I started my PhD here in the UK. I have run into it as an issue since, but that's more of a job issue i.e. you need the publications to get an academic job, but it isn't easy to do research to make publications if you're not in an academic job in the first place. It starts to become something of a vicious circle.

Stephanie Vann

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