Today I received the news that I have been ‘tentatively’ selected into the 2015 EAPSI Program for China. (The ‘tentative’ part means that they still have to run it by the China Science and Technology Exchange Center and my host.) I was SUPER excited to learn this, which in my opinion was LONG overdue. We were told we would be notified in “February to early March”, which is a pretty long expanse of time.
I would have been waiting completely in the dark, too, if I hadn’t discovered The Grad Cafe. It’s a forum where people compare scores and life stories, and speculate on graduate admissions and fellowships. It’s probably best that I didn’t know that this thing existed when I was applying to grad schools, judging by the obsession with which I clicked refresh multiple times a day over the last month.
Anyway, The Grad Cafe has had an EAPSI page the last few years (2012, 2013, 2014). I found it a valuable resource because people post when they receive offers. From this I learned that offers come out in batches, by country, staggered throughout mid February to early March.
For any future applicants, here is a list of notification dates, by country, for the last four years, as culled from the aforementioned pages on Grad Cafe:
As you can see, it’s a little bit all over the board, but it gives you an idea for how things have gone in the past.
The timing worked out okay, though; I got to share the good news with my mother and abuelos over the phone as they were in the car on their way to visit me. (My mother is good luck for me and scholarships; she also arrived the day I recieved word about my full-year scholarship to China!)
Now I can finally get started on the list of things I thought I might have to do, if I got the fellowship: sublet my apartment, notify friends in China, turn down some other summer opportunities, order bilingual business cards, etc . . .