Suggestions, anyone?

At college formal dinner tonight, I discovered that one of my new postgrad friends has recently been awarded the Queensland Fulbright Scholarship to study in the States next semester. She suggested that, in my process of Applying-For-Everything-Under-The-Sun over the next nine months or so, I ought to have a stab at a Fulbright, and a) offered to help me with applications and b) told me that the College’s Honorary Librarian, whom I conveniently know through working for the college library, is on NSW Fulbright committee or panel or whoever they are.

Since I do honestly intend to apply for everything under the sun, and I hadn’t thought about US study before, I’m asking for suggestions. If I wanted to do a one-year Masters program in either Anglo-Saxon studies or interdisciplinary Medieval Studies, where should I apply?
Furthermore- are international students able to take student loans in the States? (Obviously I’d try to secure further funding to cover fees, but it’s worth finding these things out…)

And does anyone know of a way to sell Medieval Studies as relevant and useful and liable to enrich relations between the US and Australia?


2 Responses to “Suggestions, anyone?”

  1. Lawrence Says:

    Hi Naked Philologist,

    In general the US doesn’t have an MA culture. I do know of a good student who got a great Honours degree at a Go8, then MA at Melbourne, then MA Medieval Studies at York, then got accepted into PhD programs at two Ivy League programs (English). But I don’t know of anyone who’s gone very far with a terminal master’s from a US institution: in fact the general sense at the top programs at least is that such a degree is for those who won’t be able to go further. So if you don’t want to go further but would want to get such a degree, fine, and take a look at Toronto (OK, I know, not the States, but still), or Yale, or Cornell (both have Medieval Studies), or maybe Ohio State, and there are others. But my real advice is apply to PhD programs. (How about … Sydney!)
    If you got into one of those programs (for PhD at least) loans wouldn’t be an issue: you’d get a fellowship.
    Happy to talk more in person about this or other stuff.

  2. highlyeccentric Says:

    Ah, Lawrence! I should’ve thought to ask you about the States… I’ll have a word with you next time we cross paths 🙂

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