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Citing oneself in PhD application documents: Good or bad?

Some PhD applications I've gone through involved submitting a research proposal, statement of interests and/or a sample article review (e.g. of a specific, pre-determined article which has relevance ...
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Listing rudimentary language proficiency in an application in that country despite English being working language

Should a person list his/her (very basic) knowledge of a language spoken in a country he may be working in on an application for a position in that country, even if the language really isn't necessary ...
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Which non-academic projects/experiences to mention in a PhD application?

I want to research as a PhD student after several years of being away from academia but am unsure which non-academic positions to include, how many of them, and how to describe them: The PhD will be ...
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Applying to do a PhD after a(n unsuccessful) period of job hopping

Disclaimer: Since this question is explicitly about applying to do a PhD, I figured that the Academia SE was a better fit than Workplace, but do correct me if I'm wrong. How can I explicitly, ...
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What are the rules for applying for the same fellowship (scholarship) after being rejected? [closed]

I have been applying for scholarships and fellowships for a few years, sometimes I have been successful, other times not. Last year I worked a lot to prepare the project and invested all of my time ...
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Should I give up on trying to get into a PhD program?

I majored in philosophy, Late in my undergrad career, I decided I wanted to get into linguistics instead, so I applied for PhD programs. I had a 3.95 GPA, had taken around 15 graduate-level courses as ...
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How should I ask what degree abbreviations an academic wants to come after their name?

I am writing a conference presentation application form, and so far presenters must fill in the blanks as follows: Name Title (Mr, Ms, Dr, Prof, etc.) Position Organisation I also want to know ...
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How do I best disclose the Incomplete grade in the application?

Background Story: I was studying mathematics abroad as an exchange student for a year at one of their top universities. The first semester was very stressfull for me, making me not able to complete ...
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Mention religion in CV [duplicate]

I have a muslim sounding name. But I was born to a christian family and I consider myself an atheist. I have been trying to get fellowship in Canada. Will mentioning my religion in the CV help?
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Waitlist etiquette

I got waitlisted at a top 2 program in my field (I have no other offers or waitlists unfortunately, my field doesn't know how to pick PhD students). I originally sent an email very late February ...
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Applying to PhD position (Scandinavia): what should be included in personal letter

So I'm thinking about applying for a PhD position in Norway (life sciences). They use a jobb portal for the application, meaning that you just upload your diplomas (bachelor, master, etc.) and write a ...
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Strong opening and closing paragraph

I'm going to apply for graduate studies and one of the SOP outline points says Have strong opening and closing paragraph What could be considered a strong paragraph? In my case, the opening ...
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Graduate application: Institutions that I have attended

I am applying for a Master's degree program, and in the application I'm asked to list the institutions that I have attended and to attach the transcript for each. I have attended school A for a ...
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Is application to graduate school asking for period of study, or period from beginning study to graduation date?

I'm applying for a graduate school. In the application there is a question about academic history. So I have to key in the schools that I have attended previously. It's in form of: School:... ... ...
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Leave out degree on academic CV?

Say I have done a BA, two MA's, and then a PhD (which, technically, includes another MA). Could I then just not mention one of my MA's on my CV or on my profile on the faculty website? Will I have to ...
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First impressions: CV or research statement?

When hiring PhD students, what document is used most frequently for a 'first impression': the CV or the research statement/statement of purpose? Context: I am currently in the process of applying to ...
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How to manage relationship with post-doc supervisor when applying for a tenure-track position one year before post-doc ends?

I currently hold a post-doctoral position in the UK, which is 3 years long, and I am in my second year. I am wondering how bad would it look for my employer if I apply for a lectureship post that I ...
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What should I do if I'm on the waitlist for a PhD program?

I'm on the waitlist of a top 2 program in my field which has a good track record of accepting waitlisted applicants. They told me to wait until April 15 and then I would hear from them. Interestingly, ...
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Applying to grad school - Need to indicate history in previous not so good school?

I'm applying for grad school. The application asks to list out all schools attended previously. However, long time ago I attended a not so good school and I even felt the degree was not accredited, ...
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How to be persistent in a polite way?

Recently I contacted an important researcher in my field, and he offered me a collaboration with his group. He told me to email him a proposal. Moreover, he recognized that he was usually very busy ...
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How good is phrase in letter of recommendation describing my smart but unorthodox solutions?

I have a LOR from my previous employer and I want to use it for the MSc application I'm preparing. However, there is a certain sentence in this LOR that even though I understand its meaning (based on ...
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Applying to a top-program, but for a sub-field that program is not strong in

Please feel free to correct the title, I am not sure how to formulate this crisp & clear in a sentence. I am very interested in a particular graduate program. It's a top notch program, but I ...
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Is it rude to ask the status of an application?

I have applied for a PhD position in October 2015. I was not informed about the result since then. Is it appropriate to send a mail to a member of the hiring committee (with whom I have contacted ...
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Number of pages for a Cover-letter to apply to postdoc position

A friend and I are arguing about the number of pages needed for a coverletter, to apply to postdoc in electro-engineering. Usually, the postdoc offer (what I called a job offer) says up to 3 pages. ...
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How serious it is not to disclose full academic history in your grad school application?

Here is my story. I was accepted to top-30 world university to MS in Electrical Engineering(EE) progaram. In total I already have 3 degrees: MS in EE (GPA:4.0/4.0), BS in EE(GPA:3.9/4.0), and ...
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Workaround for Horrible Thesis Title on Academic CV

I am writing an academic CV for artificial intelligence PhD programs. However, when it comes to mentioning my master's thesis, I am embarrassed at how horrible the title is. It was even criticised in ...
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Why are the acceptance rates of Oxbridge and top US schools not comparable?

I have just had a look at admissions statistics for grad school. Oxford seems to have much higher acceptance rates than, say, Princeton or Stanford. I do not want to conclude that it therefore is ...
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Do reviewers of research proposals for a fellowship read the whole application, or only the scientific part?

If you are applying for some fellowships, there are many fields which you have to fill in. For example, what will be benefits for a host country, what will be the benefit for your home country, what ...
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Postgraduate studies - public funds?

I'm a final year undergraduate student and I'm considering studying further. The main issue is well, money. I wanted to ask about the existing public funds - silly questions but what are they exactly? ...
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Career progression paths for a Postdoc

I'm preparing for a PhD interview and there is one question that I'm not too confident to answer, which is if they asked where do I see myself in 5-10 years or what I plan to do after my PhD. I know ...
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'Big shot' scientist offered me collaboration in a meeting. How long before I write to him?

I met an important scientist in my field in a scientific meeting last week. We agreed that I should write a project draft and send it to him, so we could set up a collaboration. Because I want to take ...
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Etiquette: asking for postdoc position to seminar speaker

A really cool professor is invited to give a seminar in my department, and I would like to ask him/apply for a postdoc position in his lab. I do not know, if he has any openings, but I do have a ...
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If a college/ university made false claims on its website, should you still consider studying there? [closed]

The school I'm taking about here is regionally accredited. The problem is, on its website, it falsely claims to be a member of two different international academic associations. Should I look for a ...
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What could be the negative factors in getting a PhD position in theoretical computer science?

I have been searching and applying for funded PhD positions in Europe specially in Germany for a long time to no avail. I think, what pushes my applications back the most is the lack of proven prior ...
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How do I prepare for another application?

I applied to a Master degree in Computer Science, however my application was not accepted. The university that I applied to is one of the top ranked my field and I do intend to apply the following ...
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Is it common to not send rejection letters?

I have been applying to some summer programs for undergraduates recently and I am seeing that some of them do not send rejection letters or emails, and instead only notify accepted applicants. I was ...
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Is an MEng a valuable supplement to MS/PhD applications in Aerospace Engineering? [duplicate]

I aspire to receive my MS/PhD to develop skills and create novel applications of Automation and Human Robotic Interaction (HRI) in the aerospace industry. It took me 4 years of aerospace industry ...
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CV with academic transcript

I am going to apply for a visiting research program in Physics. The institute asks for a Curriculum Vitae (a single pdf file) which will provide all my academic background and professional background ...
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Impact on PhD application omitting a recommendation letter from research advisor in that field?

If an applicant has research experience in a field that they are applying to and includes it in their application, would there be negative impact on the application if they chose not to include a ...
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Is it counter-productive to admit obvious weaknesses when applying for a position?

A bit of context before hand. I am a second year PhD student. In the course of my studies, I have slowly shifted from aerospace engineering towards computer science. Now, my research involves ...
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My university is listed on Anabin as H+ but my degree is not listed. Should I worry about this?

I'm planning to do my MSc in Germany and found that in order to apply a master program in Germany, I should check my undergraduate degree is whether acceptable(H+) or not(H-) via Anabin database. The ...
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When applying for a new job or fellowship, how to protect your ideas from being stolen by the lab you are applying to?

If you want to change fields you have to explain the reason why you want to do that. In case of fellowship, you need some professor to host you and support your application, so you must contact him by ...
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How do postdoc proposal and PhD proposal differ?

I am particularly interested in postdoc proposals in the social sciences and in the humanities. In these fields, the applicant usually has a thesis manuscript that they want to turn into a book or a ...
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Ethics on shortening project in grant application to raise chances of success

I am currently writing a PhD grant application, and I completed the first draft. The project is ambitious, but I and my advisors think feasible, but my advisors told me that it is quite dense and ...
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Fraternity/Sorority and Graduate Application

I'm going to start applying to graduate schools (Masters and PhD) for Economics in a few months primarily in the US, but also to a few schools in Canada, Australia and the UK. During my time as an ...
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What to enter for “current situation” in PhD application if one is unemployed

I am applying for a PhD program, in one of section they ask about my Current situation (professional/academic. I finished my master and now I do not have job and just applying for PhD and writing my ...
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Asking admission committee to confirm if they received my application and letters

I'm applying to a PhD program and the application isn't centralized or anything. I don't upload the required documents to a server, I just send them as emails attachments. Is it kosher to ask them to ...
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Several questions about Master Applications

I'm a last year student of Mathematics (and Physics) in Spain and I'm going to apply to some masters degree programmes in pure math in Europe this month and I have a couple of questions: In one of ...
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PhD funding - other sources

I found a lab offering the kind of research that I really want to do. I approached them and they were very happy to take me in. However, there is no funding and we all hoped I could get into a PhD ...
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Should the length of a research statement and a teaching statement be the same?

I am applying to a faculty position that emphasizes both research and undergraduate teaching. The application asks for a research statement and a teaching statement.I realize that both documents are ...