Negotiating a Graduate Admissions Offer

A prospective graduate student in philosophy writes in asking for advice on “how to negotiate more money from the Ph.D. programs to which I’ve been admitted.” The student adds: “I haven’t found many tips on the internet that are specific to philosophy. I’d be really curious to hear what some admissions directors and other faculty have to say about what works and what doesn’t.”

I don’t know how often prospective students attempt to get more fellowship money from the programs they’ve been admitted to, nor do I know how successful such attempts are in general. If you’re a student who has successfully negotiated for a better offer, or a department chair or admissions committee member who has been a party to such negotiations, please do share your experiences and suggestions. Also of interest—despite institutional idiosyncracies—would be the methods by which departments were able to procure additional funds for this purpose.

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(Owl collage by Mark Wagner)

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