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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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How to get interpretation of UGC Rules? [closed]

In India, there are few academic rule governing bodies like UGC, AICTE, MHRD, CSIR, etc. University Grants Commission(http://www.ugc.ac.in) plays an important role by bringing out the rules for ...
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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 still necessary to send IELTS scores by mail? [on hold]

There is a website to verify IELTS test reports electrically. Regarding this, do I need to post my score yet? Do American unis use this site? For example, reading these application requirements, I am ...
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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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Selecting references for PhD applications

My background: Final year computer science undergraduate in the UK. Spent one year working in a scientific facility developing software for scientists. My colleagues had previous academic experience ...
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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 ...
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Postdoctoral application asks about 'ability to assess resource requirements'

I'm in the process of applying for a postdoctoral arts position in the UK, and the application asks me to address my 'ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively'. In the ...
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Importance of having a “connection” while applying to PhD

I am applying for a PhD to top schools in engineering. Whenever I talk to my peers I hear the word 'connection' very often. I started thinking that it is almost impossible to be admitted to these ...
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Importance of diversity statement in graduate application [duplicate]

I am applying for a PhD in engineering and some universities require a diversity statements which is considered an optional part of the application. How important is this to the admission ? They ...
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What do admission committees look for in a diversity essay?

I'm sitting here with my friend, who is in the process of applying to graduate school. She's come across a prompt that looks like this: If you are a member of a community that has historically ...
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CGPA Requirement for math Phd application

I'm a second year undergrad in Canada, double majoring in math and philosophy. I take philosophy only because it is a spare time interest in high school, but I'm planning to apply math phd after my ...
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Faculty application questions

(1) For the cover letter, should it end by saying something, I am waiting for your call I will follow up by phone or email? I saw that some recommend 2, but for me it seems somehow annoying. ...
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Is excluding my middle name on an application ok?

I was born in Ukraine and when I immigrated to the United States at a young age my middle name was translated phonetically. In Eastern Slavic cultures, our middle names aren't quite the same as middle ...
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What kind of administrative duties might a postdoctoral associate be expected to take on?

Applying for a postdoctoral research role in the UK, the application says I should demonstrate willingness to take on administrative tasks. Can anyone tell me about what kind of administrative tasks a ...
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Asked about bibliographic search skills for application

I’m applying for a postdoctoral role in the UK, and I am asked to have ’bibliographic search skills’. I’m sort of at a loss as to what that means, specifically – does anyone know? I’m assuming it ...
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What do profs actually think when writing a letter of recommendation for an average student for grad school

Grad school application starts now along with all the anxieties associated with it. One of the question I ask myself and repeatedly get asked by my peers is that what would the profs think when the ...
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Can my CV for PhD applications include a photo? [duplicate]

Title says it all. By "a photo", I definitely mean a formal and proper one. Are applicants encouraged to do so?
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Difference between official and unofficial transcripts

What is the difference between the official and the unofficial transcripts that are required for graduate studies? I assume that both documents should be in English (if you study in a foreign ...
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Requesting a recommendation before the end of the course

I am applying for PhD school and I need to 3-4 reference letters. I have 3 references but 2 of them are from my undergraduate institution and the 3rd is my current master's thesis advisor. I was told ...
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How much detail about mental health issues should one include in “Special Circumstances” section of graduate school applications?

This question is inspired by answers and comments to the question "Should a postdoc talk about his depression with his mentor?" on this website. Suppose that an applicant to a graduate program ...
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Any disadvantage to multiple applications?

I am considering applying for PhD programs in CS. I've been reading about the process, reading the sorts of things that programs want and I would say that I am an OK (but not stellar) applicant. For ...
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Should I include having taken free online courses without credit or certificate in an application for a master's programme?

I just finished my Bachelor in Psychology and the master's programmes I am interested in pursuing require some experience with at least one programming language. Of course, at no point in my studies ...
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Is it possibly considered weakness in my statement of purpose if I mention that I would like specific people to advise my PhD programme?

I'm writing a statement of purpose for my PhD applications and in some cases I'd be very happy if any person from a certain group (say the Algebra Group) would take me as his/her student. Could this ...
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Is it ok to call the professor in this situation?

I had a telephone conversation with a proposed Ph.D. supervisor last Monday and he agreed that he will double-check my research proposal before I submit it. Then I emailed him the proposal. However, I ...
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How to apply for a Master thesis abroad

I am enrolled in a Master's program (Computational Science and Engineering) in Germany and currently I am looking for a Master's Thesis abroad, preferably in the US or in Canada. Unfortunately, I am ...
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For a transfer applicant, is it wise to ask the university applied to, not to contact my current one?

Premise that I'm already an undergraduate at a university, but want to change to a UK university. Call the Current uni, C. Call the university that I'm Applying to, A. Is it acceptable and ...
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How to tell my co-advisor I am leaving for PhD?

I am doing my master's and I am considering doing my PhD at a different institution. I asked my advisor for reference and he was fine with it. My co-advisor insisted on me staying. I tried to talk him ...
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How to rate my level of proficiency in statement for graduate application

I am completing a computer science-related graduate application for a highly competitive school in the US that has an optional section for a "skills statement." In paraphased form, here it is: The ...
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For applications where prospective students upload transcripts, is there a preference between scanned official vs unofficial transcripts?

It is my understanding that most graduate schools will want you to mail them a sealed transcript if accepted, but my question is about the application process. I thought that I could upload an ...
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Letter to a potential PhD supervisor (mathematics)

I am finishing my Master's in mathematics in Germany and I'd like to apply for a PhD in Europe, preferably in the UK. Most departments recommend that students get in touch with potential supervisors ...
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Is having a “too good to be true” recommendation bad?

I am applying to grad school and I asked one of my professors to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf. He happily agreed. He submitted a recommendation and forwarded the confirmation email to ...
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In a scholarship application that asks about “overcoming challenges,” does this refer to financial challenges or other kinds?

I am applying for a university scholarship program, and as part of the application I have to write some essays but I don't understand what they want exactly in the first essay. The question is written ...
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What would be considered a “competitive” application for mathematics postdocs in the US?

What are the factors that make an application competitive for postdoc positions in pure mathematics at top tier universities (e.g. MIT, Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Stanford) in the US? Clearly, ...
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What admissions statistics should an overseas applicant know, for applying to a UK university? [closed]

Many UK universities and admissions offices reveal little. I won't ask for revealing personal information, of course. Here's what I want to know for undergraduate applications, but what are some ...
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Is there typically a pre-screening process for doctoral admissions in the US?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US and I am wondering: is it common for applications to be filtered before they reach the hiring committee? In the typical selection and admissions ...
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delaying Phd application to publish in order to get accepted at a better university, a valid strategy?

Is it better to wait a couple of years and publish in order to get to a prefered program or go to any program that would accept me? Sorry in advance for the length of this document. It is in part ...
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Modify the page layout of application materials (i.e. A4 vs. Letter) when applying for jobs in multiple countries?

Most countries use A4 paper. The US and Canada use letter paper. When applying for jobs across several countries should application materials always be designed to meet the page layout norms for the ...
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What should a student do, when a professor delays submitting his letter of recommendation?

I'm applying to Stanford, which requires 2 letters of recommendation from teachers, due in 2 days. Both teachers have known about this since mid-September, but one of them hasn't submitted his ...
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When applying for a PhD is it worth mentioning awards received for achievement in final year high school exams?

I am in the process of applying for a PhD at the univerity where I am currently completing my undergraduate. The application has a section for awards. I don't have anything to show for my time as a ...
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Why does a UK university need to know my sexual orientation and religion?

I want to apply to a postdoc position at a UK based University. They want me to fill a "Equal Opportunities Data" form with questions about my marital status, sexual orientation, religion and race. ...