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Importance of the average mark [migrated]

I'm doing my master's degree in computer science in a university in Germany. Unfortunately, I'm not one of the best students; my average mark will be around 2.8. How important is the average mark ...
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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 ...
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Decision time on a postdoc offer while applying for other positions

I have recently applied for several postdoctoral positions as well as a lecturing position. A week ago I had an interview for one of the postdoctoral positions and I should know the outcome of this ...
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Should I let my recommendation letter writers know that I didn't submit my application in the end?

I feel guilty and not sure of if I should inform my recommenders of this issue. A school I intended to apply has received the reference letters from all my recommenders, but as the deadline was ...
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If a PhD position I applied for and didn't hear back from is removed and relisted, does this mean I was rejected?

I just wanted to know your opinion about an issue. I have contacted the supervisor of a research project for doctoral student position and I was encouraged to apply. By the way my experience really ...
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Why would a professor agree to write recommendation letter, then mention in it that he doesn't know student very well?

I had a colleague who asked a professor to write a letter of recommendation on his behalf. The professor agreed and wrote 3 letters for this colleague. The colleague had an interview with one of the ...
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Should I omit some of my qualifications in my application materials to “surprise” with during an interview?

I am applying for a fellowship so that I can pursue a PhD in the US. The selection process includes an interview for shortlisted candidates. I'm a guy who prefers to save the best for the last in ...
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My adviser agreed to write a letter of recommendation, but hasn't done so

I am currently a M.Sc. student and I was planning to apply for PhD programs. I asked my adviser to write me a letter of recommendation two months ago, and he agreed to do that. However, now that the ...
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Is there a standard medical fitness certificate format for applicants to European universities?

I am from Southeast Asia and am applying to a university in Europe for a scholarship for a post graduate degree in management. The university is asking for a medical fitness certificate as part of ...
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How should I fill the “First name” and “Last name” in an application if I have two given names and two last names?

How should I fill this information if I have more than one given name and more than one last name? For example, if my name is Juan Eduardo González Rodríguez. I have 2 given names: "Juan" and ...
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Statement of Purpose for master program, area of intersts

I am currently revising my statement of purpose for several applied math master program. I wounder if I should mention some specific area of interests or specific name of faculty? The problem with me ...
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Must graduate applicants who will need funding submit financial statement for I-20?

I am applying this time for graduate admission in physics at Utah. In the online application they require a financial statement. Does graduate admission require it too, even though I must need a ...
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Writing the Absolute and Relative Average in an Application Form

In the application form of a master's degree program I'm applying for, I've stumbled upon this: Please indicate both the absolute and the relative average of your previous degree. What does this ...
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Writing the GPA in the application form, even though the studies have not finished yet

In the application form of the master's program that I'm applying for, I'm obligated to write my GPA, and I cannot leave it blank, as the form cannot be submitted in that case. I still have one more ...
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Should funding be listed under “distinctions and honours” on a PhD application?

In one of my Ph.D. applications, there's a section where I must "List any academic distinctions or honours or paricipation in olympiads etc." I don't know exactly what this means. Would this ...
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Is it wise to resubmit a substantially revised version of my writing sample that has already been submitted for phd applications review?

My applications for doctoral programs have been submitted. But during this period, I have made a major revision of my submitted writing sample. My question is: Is it fine to resubmit this revised ...
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Consequences of applying for two (or more) programs in one university

Is it alright to apply for two different programs in one university (and in some cases programs within one department) at the same time? I wonder whether that would affect the decision of the ...
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How to write the information related to referees in an application form?

What's the best way to give information about the person who's going to give recommendation letter, in an application form? John Clark, Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics Associate Professor ...
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How to describe computer skills in an application form? (Master's degree)

In a part of the application form I was asked to describe my computer skills. How should I do this? Is mentioning them as a list (bullet points) enough, or should I be more detailed? I'm talking ...
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What's a “methodological approach” for research (Master's thesis)?

I'm going to apply for a Master's program. Although I'm not going to change my general field of study, I'm going to change my 'track' (from Information Technology to Geoinformatics). In the ...
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Do hiring committees actually give preference to underrepresented groups?

For reference, I am a woman of color in mathematics and I am applying for academic jobs. I noticed that many of these applications say something like "Women (and other underrepresented groups) are ...
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What do I put on my publication list if I have no publications?

I am applying for a lecturer position at a university, and one of the application materials is a publication list. I am a graduate student in my last year of PhD, and I plan on focusing my job search ...
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Should I include written evaluations (from courses I took) in my transcript as part of the job application materials?

I did my undergraduate and graduate degrees at a university that includes course evaluations as part of the transcript. My evaluations from my professors and instructors generally are good to ...
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Indicate Journal name for “under review” and “accepted/in press” publications on CV

there are similar questions on how to list on CV publications that have not passed the accepted or in press stage when applying to junior research positions ( PhD/postdoc). I am not clear if such ...
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Normal length of time taken to arrive at a phd admission decision?

I would like to know, if possible, how long it takes on the average to reach a first admission decision for doctoral programs? Let us say a doctoral program promises to inform the applicants of the ...
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Unclear terms: Statement of Purpose, Academic Statement and Personal Statement

I'm so confused. I can't distinguish between them. It seems to me that sometimes the statement of purpose (SOP) is the personal statement (PS), sometimes it is not the PS, and by the definition I'll ...
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What is the proper email etiquette when contacting potential supervisors on short notice?

I am currently an MSc student in the UK and am hoping to apply for PhD at the same institution. I have found some potential supervisors but was wondering what is the correct way of wording my email ...
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Is it possible to apply for a post doc (and get a post doc) while struggling with the health issues (a life-threatening illness: cancer)

I struggle with the exact question (or at least will have to face it near in the future) that was asked here: Do I need to mention having survived a life-threatening illness when applying for a new ...
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Do I need to mention having survived a life-threatening illness when applying for a new academic position?

Do I have to (or is it wise or unwise) to mention having survived a life-threatening illness (such as cancer, a (early) heart attack, etc when applying for a new (non-leading) academic position? ...
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Getting a letter of recommendation when the referee gave no indication about the strength of the letter

Usually when I ask for a letters of recommendation, the professor give me an indication about how strong it is going to be. I asked a professor whom I am taking a course with, and while he doesn't ...
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How can you best answer when a Scholarship proposal asks for your objectives?

I come from a developing country and I got admitted to a UK university in MSC, Computer Science. As I am not financially strong, I am also applying for a fully funded scholarship. There is an online ...
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Highlighting sentences in the statement of purpose

I am under the impression that admissions officers are busy people and they have lots and lots of applications to review, especially in top schools. Because of this, it could happen that the some ...
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Is it ok to apply for more than one Phd student program? [duplicate]

I am really into going to PhD next year. I found some programmes that suits me, but I am asking myself, if I should apply on more programmes than one. The problem is, that I have a weak background in ...
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Who is eligible to apply for instructor or assistant professor positions?

I am a math PhD student in my last year, and I've been on mathjobs.org looking for jobs. I see a lot of jobs for instructor positions, or jobs titled "assistant professor", where the main work load ...
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Different CV for applying to university and applying to fellowship?

After reading through all (yes, all) questions in the cv tag, I have a thought that CVs for applying to a position of a university are different to CVs for applying to a fellowship. When applying to a ...
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Accept a PhD offer from a local school while applying to others?

I just completed a masters in CS at a local school while working as a developer. I liked the process and want to go on to a PhD in other places. My adviser supports my choice and is writing me letters ...
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Not approved for admission for failing two courses [closed]

I recently applied to a university in the middle east for the Master's program in computer science. It's a "world-class" university but with a very nasty staff and faculty and with some really ...
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Is it possible to acquire a letter of recommendation without meeting face to face?

Of course it is not a good idea, preferably one would meet up with the professor to make the agreement. In my case, I've talked to the prof for a year, and then went off work for a year, now I need a ...
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Mentioning advisor qualifications in statement of purpose

I am doing my master's in a relatively unknown institution, but with an excellent faculty. Most of them are graduates from top universities (TOP 10) and my advisor is one of them. Is it OK to ...
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Can I apply for PhD without recommendation from my masters advisor?

I am currently applying for a PhD in a very competitive top tier university, which requires three references. I have two referees (my tutor and my undergraduate research project supervisor) who I am ...