MATILDA European Master in Women’s and Gender History Motivation Letter (Template) Every MATILDA application must include a 500-word typewritten Motivation Letter. This letter is of great importance when it comes to evaluating applications and, for this reason, candidates wishing to apply to MATILDA are advised to follow closely the following criteria when preparing their Motivation Letter. 1. The Motivation Letter should demonstrate a strong interest in: a) European women’s/gender history; b) integrative perspectives which go beyond local, regional, and national histories. We welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds and therefore need to find out as much as we can about your particular background and previous experience of ‘doing’ European women’s/gender history. If you have a background in, or have taken courses in, any area of women’s/gender history or gender studies, please mention it in your Motivation Letter. MATILDA is also interested in whether you are familiar with comparative or integrative perspectives which go beyond local, regional, and national histories – and/or why you find such perspectives interesting. However, if you do not have any academic or professional background in women’s/gender history and/or comparative approaches, then we would like to find out why you are interested in applying for this particular degree program and what academic motivations you have that make you a desirable candidate. 2. Outline your future research directions. You may already have a research proposal or area of interest in mind for a future MA thesis. Please provide us with an outline of either your research interests and/or research project. Such a mini research proposal does not have to be longer than two paragraphs. 3. Display a good written style. The written style should also be taken into consideration. A disorganized essay full of typos and grammatical errors will not make a good impression, no matter how substantively enlightening it might be.
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