Hello good people,
I just received my first admissions to a PhD program this Friday. It came with the offer of full funding and a nomination for a prestigious diversity award. My predicament is that I'd like to wait a little bit longer to hear from other schools or at least investigate how long I must wait to hear from other schools.
Can someone help me to draft an appropriate email response to the committee?
I was going to write:
Dear Dr. Name
Thank you (and the graduate committee) for this amazingly quick turnover. I am immensely surprised and very honored with this notification. This news is most certainly very welcome and an important milestone for my family and myself. We are all very excited!
With universities being closed for the holiday season, I will need some time to consider this important decision and commitment. The deadline for the submission of the fellowship is Feb. 8th, but I imagine an earlier response from is needed. I would like to clarify the date by which I should respond to this nomination.
Again, thank you so much accepting me into the (program) and with the offer of a nomination for such a prestigious fellowship!
What do you guys thinks? Frankly....this is one of my top choices...and it is really hard to stall for other schools while they wave a promise of full funding and a fellowship (combined worth of over 40,000) in front of me.