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What is common in most PhD application procedures in the UK?

I am almost done with my master's degree in mathematical finance. I'm done with thesis and have one course left to take. I am taking it in a 3rd world country and am interested in applying for a PhD ...
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What is the typical PhD application procedure in the US? [duplicate]

I am nearly finished with my master in mathematical finance. I have finished my thesis and have one course left to take. I am finishing it in a third world country and am interested in pursuing a PhD ...
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Reflecting bad experience with adviser in graduate school in statement of purpose

I am applying to master program in electrical engineering, but I have some concerns and not sure how to present them in my statement of purpose. First, my undergrad was in electrical engineering but ...
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What is expected from a business PhD applicant straight from undergrad? [closed]

I plan to do a PhD in Business (Strategy) at HKU or HKUST preferably. Since by the application deadline I will not hold my 3rd year final grades, I'm a bit worried how I can demonstrate a good ...
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Inquiring about PhD status and mentioning standing offers

I have a PhD few admission offers from some universities. My first choice school didn't make its decision yet, or maybe didn't post it online yet. Is it OK to send an email asking about application ...
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Should I use fancy paper for non-resume application materials?

I'm applying to an assistant professor position at a private institution. I bought fancy resume paper on which to print my CV/resume. There are other components of the application package that I need ...
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When applying for a phd, does a hiring committee cares about winning in various programming/data-mining contests?

When applying to a computer science PhD position in US, does it make sense to mention various significant achievements (finishing in top 5% percent) in programming/data-mining contests (topcoder, ...
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How long does it take to get a reply to your PhD application email in Germany?

I am applying for PhD positions in Germany. Normally I need to send an email to the professors with a list of references, grades transcript, CV, master's thesis, etc. I want to know how long after ...
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Mature PhD Project Application - How are these received? [duplicate]

I guess this is a question to group leaders and those who have some influence on what PhD students join their group. Essentially - I want to know your thoughts if someone like me applied to your PhD ...
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What is a reasonable number of grad schools to apply to for a PhD in computer science?

I'm applying straight out of undergrad, and I'm not sure how many schools I should apply to.
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Is it acceptable to solicit answer from university?

I have applied to a master's degree. If the first screening is successful, we are supposed to have an interview in March before the final decision. The result from the first screening were supposed ...
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Can I hide my bachelor and master degrees in CV when I apply for a PhD position?

I have 1 Bachelors degree and 2 Masters degrees. They are in different subjects, not closely related. I am now planning to apply for a PhD program. Question: Do you think that I can only mention the ...
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Received an email from potential advisor and my name was wrong. should I correct him?

A few months back I contacted a potential advisor I am interested in doing my PhD with and he replied that he is considering my application and will be back in contact with me. Today, I received ...
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How has the application review process for NSF graduate fellowships changed?

I was looking for some information on the site that might help for applications to the GRFP. I found JeffE's answer to an old question extremely useful. However, I noticed that some of the advice he ...
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Will writing MSC instead of MSc in an application count against me?

I am really stressing out over masters applications and I have realized I have stupidly made a minor error. Instead of writing MSc I wrote MSC and I was not consistent. Would the admissions tutor ...
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Should an e-mail application to a lab for a masters thesis include attachments, or should I wait for these documents to be requested?

I would like to ask a researcher in a foreign institution to do my master thesis ( 5 months worth of research in Experimental Physics ) under his supervision. I have written both a motivational ...
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Is it a mistake to fail to mention future career plans in an application for admission to an MSc in pure mathematics?

I am applying to various universities to study for an msc in maths or pure maths. After sending of my application I have realized that I have not mentioned anything in the way future career plans. ...
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How to pick a PhD topic? [duplicate]

I have been offered an opportunity for a part time PhD in Computer Science. I have had brief conversation with the person that would be my advisor. He has suggested that I start to think of a ...
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I might not get any PhD offers this year. I would like to apply again , what can I do to maximize chances [duplicate]

I am a mathematics undergraduate. I would like to get into a top 10 PhD school and might not do so this year. I would like to apply again and want to do what whatever is necessary to maximize my ...
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Choosing a second option choice

I am currently applying to MSc pure maths/maths courses. One the universities gave me the option to fill out a second choice program. My first choice was pure maths but I put my second choice as ...
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Will working after bachelors reduce my chances of getting into a PhD program?

I am an 'overseas' student in a university, currently pursuing a bachelor's degree. Although I am really interested in signing up for graduate school, I am bonded to work for at least three years as ...
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My professor wants to know if his recommendation is helpful

Several weeks after I received the recommendation from Professor M, he sent an email to me and asked me about the result of my application to a graduate school. He wants to know whether his ...
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How to turn down an offer if you aren't sure where you're going yet?

I'm a PhD applicant. I recently got an offer from a school I will not be attending. The Professor that I spoke to politely asked that, if possible, I give an answer as soon I know if I'm attending ...
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Does getting an offer from a U.S. phd program earlier than normal mean getting a relatively better offer?

As I browse the Internet, I observe that a U.S. phd program may send its offers to the applicants at different time points. However, does this difference imply the difference in favor? I mean, does ...
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How is it perceived to withdraw an application to grad school

I applied to a program that I had been striving for in my undergrad, at a top school, but I've since felt overwhelmed with the thought of going this year. I think I should have waited until I was ...
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Quality of English in a college recommendation letter

Does the quality of English in a letter of recommendation matter? Should it be really good or just average English with occasional mistakes suffice as long as the meaning is clear? Is a perfectly ...
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Is it acceptable to list unpublished papers in a PhD application for computer science?

I have a couple of papers that are works in progress or in the submission process. Can I list under my publications list (and clarify they are not yet published but on the road to it)?
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Which is better: writing a traditional cover letter or an “actual” letter?

I will be soon applying to the department of computer science of numerous top universities for PhD studentship soon. There is a single question in my mind; wheter to write a cover letter or an actual ...
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Transfer applicants. Who are they?

Who are transfer applicants? I was applying for undergraduate program in a university and there I saw a transfer applicants category. I want to know what does that mean?
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What's the difference between cover letter and application email?

I am applying a position, which requires applicants to send cover letter and other materials by email. I think that in the application email I would present almost the same content in the cover ...
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Education sections in an Job Application Form

I'm trying to fill in an Application Form for a position as a Spanish Teacher in United Kingdom, and I came accross these 2 sections: Educational/Training and Academic qualifications and Further ...
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Do graduate schools read your undergraduate application?

If you apply to a university to be enrolled as an undergraduate, and are rejected, and then apply to the same university's graduate program, will they look at and/or take into consideration your ...
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should I present solution ideas in a cover letter?

I am in the process of applying for following doctoral studies in Computer Science, already communicated by one professor in charge of a research group and he asked me to write a cover letter. I have ...
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Is it ok to write back when no response has been received from a postdoc application?

This may be a very general and subjective question, I know. But, I have applied to some postdoc positions, and after 3 weeks I haven't received any response yet. I suppose this is normal, because many ...
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Applying for fellowships in the UK with different UK host scientists

I have finished my PhD recently, and now I am applying for postdoctoral positions. I am not a UK or EU citizen. Assume that I would like to apply for two different fellowships in the UK (for example, ...
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What do I do if I really only figured out what I want to research just after applying

I recently finished a round of PhD applications. I always knew I wanted to do research, but when I applied I didn't know what sub-field of Computer Science I wanted to do my research in. I was ...
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What's going on: I got nothing when many applicants got rejection from the same grad program

I am an applicant of a biology graduate program. After exploring some on a website, the gradcafe.com, I found that I got nothing when many applicants got rejection on a specific day from the same ...
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Applying for a PhD before or after finishing master's [duplicate]

I'm currently working towards a master's in mathematics, and I would like to continue with a PhD. I have good grades and I'm aiming at something equivalent to a first class honours, at a highly ranked ...
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What is the difference between the various documents that are part of an application?

I am applying to serveral undergraduate research programs this summer. Each of them ask for certain documents including: CV personal statement statement of interest cover form cover letter research ...
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Is it unusual to get an informal offer before any recommendation letters have arrived?

A person I know applied for a time-limited position (i.e. a post-doc) somewhere in western Europe. Xe gets invited for an interview. The next day, xe receives an informal e-mail, We will recommend ...
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What are acceptable “relationships with referees”?

I am applying for a job and need to give referees, and their relationship with me. I am not sure how to phrase things. My referees are: A colleague in my department I publish with A previous boss in ...
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How to show extreme gratitude in an email?

When contacting universities, in many cases, I find the replies to my emails extremely well detailed and helpful, therefore in such cases I find a simple "Thank you" to be just insufficient. For ...
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When I reapply to universities which have previously rejected my applications, do I have to pay application fees again?

I applied to a few US universities last year and they rejected my application because of my low GRE scores. Now I want to reapply again to the same universities. Can you explain the process to ...
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What do those evaluating fellowship candidates look for before accepting them to join their research group/department?

I'm applying for a new fellowship, and I'm wondering what senior lecturers and/or professors of a research group/department look into, for evaluating the fellowship candidates, before accepting them ...
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How to ask my professor to write recommendation letter for me?

Now I'm in a community college and I am trying to gathering recommendation letter to apply to graduate school.(I have already got my bachelor degree). I performed well in calculus and got an A in that ...
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PhD in Education - How competitive is it and what are admissions committees looking for?

I currently have applications into several top tier education programs. I am a bit worried about my chances. I have about 7 years working in education, a unrelated masters and a masters in ...
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When applying to PhD programs in Computer Science, how much does subfield/specialty selection matter?

I recently finished applying to several Ph.D. programs in Computer Science, and as part of the application process I had to select one or two subfields of CS that I was interested in. For many of them ...
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What is important in a job description?

I am applying for a masters programme in Computer Science in the UK. In the application I am asked to provide a description of any jobs I had so far. What is important in such a job description, ...
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How long does PhD Application Process take in the UK?

I submitted my application with a supervisor's name fora UK university last week. I plan to apply for a scbolarship after getting an offer. The scholarship application deadline is in March. I would ...
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A faculty member turned me down because of lack of funding. If the university announces funding is available, should I apply anyway?

Ten days ago I contacted a professor who conducts research in a field I am deeply interested in, to ask about PhD positions. He replied very politely that he had no funding available to hire a new ...