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“This is very interesting as a project” What is the next step to obtain PhD position?

I am submitting to several schools for PhD position in CS. I am following the advices about how to contact professors. One professor I sent to suggesting some idea about her previous research and ...
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What is the likelihood of a PhD admission if a professor agrees to supervise?

A very nervous potential PhD student here! Long story short, I have been applying to quite a few bioinformatics PhD programs in the US and been rejected from most of them. I did my masters in the ...
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How do I make a bad semester not look bad during my scholarship application?

I am applying to the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, and they require a transcript. Now, I have a problem with my grades, in that I had good grades until my final year, where a combination of ...
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Where can I find referral for my post-graduate application?

I'm currently in the midst applying to do my Master's degree in a university in UK. It is a distance learning course and I am a full-time working professional. The application requires me to name 2 ...
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1answer
60 views

Any masters program on AppliedMath/Physics/Engineering still open to the applicants at this time? [closed]

I am a senior math undergraduate who is applying for PhD Programs at US this year. Unfortunately all I have heard is rejection and I am now really being backed into the corner. I have some good ...
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137 views

Switch PhD program: how to contact possible PhD advisors when already enrolled in PhD program?

Say a student is enrolled in a PhD program in the US and is in the first or 2nd year and has not started his/her thesis work but has only done coursework. The student has always been in the same lab ...
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Funded PhD position chances for international students in Austria

In the midst of my quest for potential countries to find a funded Ph.D position in computer science, I came across Austria. However, my initial impression was there is no big chances for international ...
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114 views

How to prepare for a meeting regarding a Ph.D. program I'm wait listed on?

I am on the waiting list for a Ph.D. program I applied to. I sent an email indicating that the program in question is my top choice and that I am interested in discussing my qualifications. In reply ...
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179 views

CV for PhD applications in Germany

I want to pursue my PhD program in Germany. Is there any special format for academic CV to for applying there?
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458 views

First email in PhD application

First, I must mention that I found this, this and this are helpful. Yet, I am looking for more precise answer for the points below. I am looking forward to apply for PhD in Computer Science this year ...
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Writing an appeal for a rejected PhD application

I have applied for Phd scholarship in Computer science at a European university. My master is from Malaysia. Unfortunately, my application has not been selected (only 9 has been chosen among 116 ...
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647 views

How do I deal with graduate school rejection from an university that I considered easy to get into?

Things you should know: It was not a dream school. It was considered "safe/moderate" i.e. the kind of students who get in have more or less similar profiles like mine. From graduate school student ...
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2answers
47 views

Applying to a graduate program in molecular and cell biology

I'm a medical school graduate student. However, I wish to apply for a PhD program in molecular and cell biology, I'm interested in understanding the interactions within and between cells at molecular ...
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431 views

Can I submit application on the deadline?

If grad schools says the deadline is Jan. 15th, do I have to submit application before Jan. 15th? Or I can still submit on Jan. 15th?
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530 views

Can I mention professors' names in the statement of purpose?

For PhD applications, I have mentioned that I am interested in some research areas. Besides, I am thinking about mentioning some professors' names, so that it shows I have read their websites and I am ...
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177 views

In statement of purpose, good to mention about learning from some professor's lecture notes and books?

In statement of purpose for applying to a PhD program, is it good to mention about learning from some professor's lecture notes and books (not papers, because don't get to read them yet), and finding ...
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205 views

Meaning of “delocalized campus”

While filling a PhD application for a European university, I came across a field that needed to be filled. The field - to be filled by 'Yes or No' - asked if my master's or bachelor's universities ...
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1answer
288 views

How to write research description essay in PhD application

I am currently trying to apply for a PhD position in a university. For the completion of application I have to write two essays: Statement of motivation Description of research area (with vacant phd ...
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442 views

I just submitted my PhD applications. What do I do now?

I just submitted my applications to all the grad schools I am considering. Is there anything I can do during the wait to help my application?
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2answers
202 views

Graduate studies online application time of submission

During graduate studies online application submission period, is there any preference given for an applicant if he/she submits his application at the beginning of that period compared with someone who ...
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1answer
151 views

Optional essays

If you can upload a writing sample or a second statement of purpose in a university online application, and the department I am applying for doesn't require these two essays, would I get extra ...
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1answer
145 views

Can we mention our own idea of a project in the letter to a professor during grad applications?

I am applying to 6 universities for MS and I have short-listed 2 professors from each university whose field of interest is nearly the same to that of mine. Along with mentioning my interest in their ...
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668 views

Pure vs Applied maths, and combinatorics, in American universities

I'm in my last year of an undergraduate degree in pure maths, doing my thesis on probabilistic combinatorics. In Australia (at least at my university), Hungarian-style combinatorics is classified as ...
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Are grad school acceptance rates skewed?

Take grad schools for instance. Their acceptance rate is 8%, or seems to be so. Basically, suppose you have 100 randomly selected across the USA grad school applicants. 50 don't know what to do with ...
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484 views

Applying to physics grad schools in Canada - am I aiming too high?

So I'm in the start of the process of applying to grad school in Canada for a Masters in experimental physics, and am kind of overwhelmed and wondering about some things: I'm not from Canada and ...
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1answer
308 views

Should a CV for a fellowship application ever include test scores?

I did quite well on my GREs -- perfect scores on all three sections of the general test, and a result in the 98th percentile on the relevant subject GRE test. I'm applying for Ph.D. programs in a STEM ...
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199 views

List Unrelated Degree on Application

I am currently in the process of applying for PhDs. My question is whether it is frowned upon to have done a degree in a subject completely unrelated to my main studies. I just completed two masters ...
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444 views

Who gets accepted to top universities to do a PhD (STEM fields)?

I would like to ask what are some general requirements, level of know-how, etc. that students must fulfil/have to get accepted in the top universities? I'm particularly interested in the STEM fields. ...
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167 views

Funding with PHD +MS admission

I have completed my BSc in physics and now doing my MS in my country(Bangladesh), but I want to do PHD/PHD+MS in USA with decent funding (RA or TA). I know In a PHD level, funding may be available, ...
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A comprehensive question about personal statement

I have some questions regarding my personal statement for graduate school in math. I hope this is not the wrong place to ask. My question(s) are comprehensive and long, as the title suggests, thus I ...
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How to ask an university for application selection result before accepting an offer from another university?

I have an offer from one university and still awaiting results from others. How to approach other universities and ask them about my application status so that I receive my selection / rejection ...
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1answer
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Asking a PhD interviewer about preparation

I am having a PhD interview at a university in the US. The application procedure didn't involve submitting a research proposal, so I am not very sure what kind of questions I should expect. A ...
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Unsolicited CVs from grad school applicants - ignore or try to help?

I am a graduate student in physics and every other month or so I get an e-mail from someone who wants a grad school or even postdoc position. These e-mails often start out "Dear Professor (my name)," ...
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957 views

I missed an application deadline, but it wasn't entirely my fault. How can I still be considered?

About a week ago, I went to submit the application for the mathematics PhD program at one of my top choice schools. The form told me I had missed the deadline, which was December 15th. I had January ...
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2answers
470 views

Are undergraduate reference letters adequate for PhD applications after a masters program?

Currently I am finishing my masters (one year) in economics at a Canadian university and am intending to apply to Canadian universities to do a PhD. The issue I have is that in the courses I had ...
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How to request transcript copies from universities in the Netherlands?

In the US, one can request that the university from which one graduated to send copies of one's transcript to other universities (graduate admissions) or prospective employers. I would like to know ...
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Feasibility and procedure for getting graduate admission in CS with non-CS background (undergraduate)

It is often said that branch change is possible while going for MS/ PhD in USA. But almost all examples (as seen on university sites and various blogs) are of someone completing undergraduate studies ...
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How big of an advantage are publications for Applied Mathematics grad school applications?

How much of an advantage does an Applied Mathematics PhD applicant have if he/she has a publication under his/her belt? Of course, this depends on the "prestige" of the journal that he/she published ...
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793 views

Advice - MS in mathematics to increase competitiveness for PhD programs?

I am a senior math major (computer science minor) who is pretty worried about the next step in my academic career. First, let me state that I'm about as sure as I can be that I want to get a PhD in ...
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1answer
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How should one formulate a Statement of Intent for an interdisciplinary degree?

I am having trouble articulating a statement of intent because of a few things. But to keep on point for Stack Exchange I'll focus only on one: interdisciplinary coursework. I have spoken to a Fine ...
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Does one need a specific field in mind to apply a PhD program in mathematics?

The question might be too vague to be asked here. Any improvement is welcomed. When applying for the PhD program in mathematics, usually, one is not required to specify in what field (e.g., PDE, ...
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Choosing research ideas to include in a statement of purpose

The internet is littered with information on what makes a good SOP, but I would like to ask a specific question regarding mentioning one's research interests in SOP. What points should a student keep ...
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637 views

Do PhD programs care about the personalities of applicants?

Can a very extroverted person, for example, be more favored than a very quiet person? Or is this not ethical? Can someone who is psychopathic be barred from admission?
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Doing bad in undergraduate but good in a masters program

Suppose you do bad in undergraduate school in say computer science. But you do very well in a masters program in computer science. If you want to apply to a PhD program in computer science, will the ...
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How much do soft skills matter for admission decision?

By reading the very intersting question Priority of application materials for admission decision about which material is most important to be admitted as PhD candidate, or PostDoc or researcher, in a ...
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How to evaluate potential advisers on grounds other than their research/publications?

While accepting an offer to grad school, one is basically entering into a lasting relationship with one's adviser - most likely, someone whom the applicant has never met before, and the only exposure ...