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Hello,

I'm a EU citizen, finishing my undergrad in history this coming month. I intend to pursue a PhD after my masters in the US (enter those history doctoral programs. I have research experience, straight 4.0 GPA, got my IB in the US, etc). Earlier this year, I got into Cambridge, Oxford and Durham, the three schools I applied to for a master.
I applied to tons of funding and Im still waiting to hear back from two scholarships at Cambridge (being my number 1 choice) but... yesterday I got an email from Durham telling me I got a fully-funded scholarship (all tuition fees). its pretty competitive, only given to very few students across many departments. So I was pretty awed.
Now, however, I am facing a pity dilemma (literally): should I go to Durham with the full ride or go to Cambridge nonetheless (and take out a loan..). What is better recognized for doctoral programs: fully-funded research for your master at a still top 2 university or go to Cambridge.. I know Cambridge is Cambridge but the money... I also have been in touch a lot with my potential supervisor at cambridge whereas durham i haven't found someone yet.

Has someone been in similar situation?

Thanks for any answer
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(Original post by MaryTudor)
Hello,

I'm a EU citizen, finishing my undergrad in history this coming month. I intend to pursue a PhD after my masters in the US (enter those history doctoral programs. I have research experience, straight 4.0 GPA, got my IB in the US, etc). Earlier this year, I got into Cambridge, Oxford and Durham, the three schools I applied to for a master.
I applied to tons of funding and Im still waiting to hear back from two scholarships at Cambridge (being my number 1 choice) but... yesterday I got an email from Durham telling me I got a fully-funded scholarship (all tuition fees). its pretty competitive, only given to very few students across many departments. So I was pretty awed.
Now, however, I am facing a pity dilemma (literally): should I go to Durham with the full ride or go to Cambridge nonetheless (and take out a loan..). What is better recognized for doctoral programs: fully-funded research for your master at a still top 2 university or go to Cambridge.. I know Cambridge is Cambridge but the money... I also have been in touch a lot with my potential supervisor at cambridge whereas durham i haven't found someone yet.

Has someone been in similar situation?

Thanks for any answer
Wow - congratulations! It's a fab problem to have

Which Masters would be the best fit for your interests and your chosen PhD specialism? If Durham, then it's a no-brainer to go with them. If Cambridge, then I guess that doesn't help.
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Cambridge due to the close exchange I had with the supervisor there (although he isnt an expert in women's history). At Durham, there was this number one expert (Im working on sexual violence committed against women in the early modern era) but she's on research leave next year :/ So I'm not sure who is going to supervise my work.. I just don't know if turning down Cambridge is a good idea. And equally the same, turning down a full ride.. Are both schools ranked on the same level, research wise? Do they value each other for, let's say, admission office for history doctoral programs at schools like Yale, NYU, Berkeley, Princeton...
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Cambridge due to the close exchange I had with the supervisor there (although he isnt an expert in women's history). At Durham, there was this number one expert (Im working on sexual violence committed against women in the early modern era) but she's on research leave next year :/ So I'm not sure who is going to supervise my work.. I just don't know if turning down Cambridge is a good idea. And equally the same, turning down a full ride.. Are both schools ranked on the same level, research wise? Do they value each other for, let's say, admission office for history doctoral programs at schools like Yale, NYU, Berkeley, Princeton...
I don't know anything about the US uni scene, so I can't really comment on their relative value, beyond the observation that the Cambridge name is pretty much bound to travel better, internationally.
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Congratulations. Placement into funded US PhD programs is competitive. It depends on your master's GPA, research proposal, fit with right supervisor etc. I think a funded scholarship looks good on your CV. Generally, Cambridge is internationally better known with exchanges and many grads enter US programs and vice versa.

I just know a Durham STEM graduate who was accepted to top US programs in his field (CMU, CalTech, UCLA)
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