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Fact Sheet

If you are interested in applying for admission to the Near Eastern Studies Department or Program please read the following and complete the Fact Sheet provided.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR GRADUATE APPLICANTS

1.     The Admissions Process

Once you have decided to seek admission to the Department or Program, submit your application and in addition, you will have to enclose with your application two items (writing sample and Fact Sheet) described below. 

After you have sent in your application to the Office of Graduate Admission, there are two stages to the admissions process. In the first stage, we go through the files of all applicants and short-list about one in three. At this stage we judge you exclusively on the content of your file. In the second stage, the short-listed applicants are invited to visit the Department. If you do not attend the visit we will still consider your application, but it is to your advantage to attend if at all possible.

Normally we send out invitations to short-listed candidates on the first Wednesday in February, and hold the visit on the last Friday and Saturday of February. The invitations will specify our contribution towards the cost of travel.

We make our final decisions immediately after the visit; the Graduate School will be writing to you to let you know the outcome about a week later.

2.     Writing Sample

We require you to include a writing sample with your application. A paper of fifteen to thirty pages, or a combination of smaller items, is enough. We prefer writing on a Near Eastern topic, but this is not mandatory. We are looking for evidence that you can assimilate a body of factual or literary material and use it effectively to analyze, argue, and confront issues. Enter the title of your writing sample on the Fact Sheet, and enclose it with your application. Do not send it directly to us.

3.     Fact Sheet

Complete the attached Fact Sheet carefully, legibly, and accurately. You will find that some of the information we are asking you to supply is also required by the Graduate School, while some of it is not. The information you give us here will play a significant part in the first stage of the admissions process described above. Before filling in the Fact Sheet, read the notes below. Again, enclose the completed Fact Sheet with your application when you mail it to the Graduate School. If you are using our on-line application this fact sheet will be submitted electronically.

Notes on Completing the Fact Sheet

Item 2: If this changes during the admissions process, be sure to let us know directly. The same goes for 3, 4, and 5.

Item 4: E-mail is our preferred way of communicating with short-listed applicants once we have mailed out the invitation to visit.

Item 6: Some applicants expect us to be flattered if they apply only to Princeton; in fact it makes us uneasy. It is much better for you to spread your risk. Even if you have set your heart on coming to Princeton, you should at least apply to Harvard as a safe school.

Item 8: Applicants from non-American B.A. institutions should disregard this question.

Item 10: If you have spent or are spending a year at CASA, simply enter "CASA." Do not enter summer study.

Item 11: Do not enter languages of which your knowledge is less than one semester of study or the equivalent. If you can read Ottoman Turkish, enter it as a separate language. If you are short-listed, we will test you on the languages you enter here to evaluate your current level and future potential.

Item 12: We are interested in your ability to read secondary literature on your field of interest (not to order a cup of coffee or discuss Proust). If you are short-listed, we will probably give you a quick test for the languages you enter here. If you do not yet have the required ability, but have a foundation in the language which places you within striking distance of it, enter the language in parentheses.

Item 15: Disregard if English is your native language.

Item 16: If you are a Permanent Resident of the United States, ad "PR" in parentheses.

Item 17: For Ph.D. applicants, this refers to full-time faculty of the Department (Cook, Hanioğlu, Haykel, Künkler, Modarressi, Oualdi, Papoutsakis, Reynolds, Schayegh, Weiss, and Zaman). For M.A. applicants, it refers to those members of the Program Committee who are also members of the Department (Cook, Hanioğlu, Künkler, Reynolds, and Schayegh).

Item 19: You may check more than one box in a line of appropriate.