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Need help drafting appropriate response 
22nd-Dec-2012 03:02 pm
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!

Happy holidays,
iampheng

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.
Comments 
22nd-Dec-2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
"an earlier response from is needed"

Just wanted to let you know that I think you forgot a word in there.
22nd-Dec-2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
oh thanks :)

i think i forgot "me" or perhaps should omit "from" haha
22nd-Dec-2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
That looks fine to me. Don't feel bad about asking for time - I got a lot of offers when I applied and none of them pressured me or tried to get me to rush my decision. They understand that it's a big commitment and nobody will expect you to immediately say yes.
7th-Jul-2013 10:12 am (UTC)
Hi, babainpyjamas. I plan to apply this Dec or next Dec for ph. D in English and hope to know if you have any published papers in your overall application portfolio. I don't, and I am wondering if in addition to all the necessary exams and documents, I should find a way to publish some papers. Thank you.
24th-Dec-2012 03:59 am (UTC)
Thanks!
30th-Dec-2012 01:16 am (UTC)
Small thing...but I think you mean "turnaround" and not "turnover."

Congrats on the acceptance!
7th-Jul-2013 10:09 am (UTC)
Hi. I saw from the community that you were accepted into a ph. D program. I plan to apply this Dec or next Dec for ph. D in English and hope to know if you have any published papers in your overall application portfolio. I don't and I am wondering if in addition to all the necessary exams and documents, I should find a way to publish some papers. I understand that such a question may come across as blunt, but experience sharing would be highly appreciated. Thank you.
7th-Jul-2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
Hello,

No problems at all.

I don't have any published papers in my application. In my field, I have some work experience, two years of international experience, and I wrote my MA thesis on the topic I intend to study in my PhD program. I got fit into a really good program and a really good school. Feel free to ask anything else :)
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