Questions in relation to academia across international borders or in different regions globally.

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What are potential effects of Brexit on the international academic ecosystem? [on hold]

The recent news about results of the Referendum of the United Kingdom's membership in the European Union (usually referred to as Brexit) is IMHO quite shocking from various perspectives. However, ...
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When did the world's first statistics PhD graduate?

When did the world's first statistics PhD graduate? The world's first statistics department was founded in 1911...
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Why have international branch campuses?

There are campuses in Malaysia belonging to the universities of Southampton, Nottingham and Reading. There is a Mauritius branch belonging to Aberystwyth University, whereas the University of ...
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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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Workflow for long-distance collaboration with a dyslexic researcher?

I often work with graduate students at a particular university in Europe (I am in the US), in a kind of supervisory role. In the past, I've used a shared wiki for this kind of collaboration. The ...
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Does taking an academic job in Asia or Africa make it difficult to get a job in the US or Europe later?

Many in this community know of the struggle of finding a job in tertiary education after completing a PhD. However, there are many options available for people who are willing to work overseas in ...
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Medium-quality English conference vs. Higher-quality non-English conference

As a first-year masters student in a non-English speaking country who is considering to later continue to study Ph.D. abroad (US or Canada), which option would be more desirable? Publishing in a ...
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I don't know what to say when meeting the supervisor after he has suggested me to leave the research group

I am a PhD student in Germany and my supervisor has suggested me to change the research group because he has told me I cannot write a good quality dissertation within the time framework of three years....
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France/USA collaboration funding for young researcher? [closed]

I am a French citizen, I defended my PhD in Paris in November 2014, and I am working as a post-doctoral researcher in the US since December 2014. I am working in between Astrophysics and Computer ...
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How common is it for recommendation letters to be sent directly from the writer to the recipient?

Something that I frequently read on academia.SE is that recommendation letters, in most circumstances, are sent directly from the person writing the letter to the person/committee reading the letter, ...
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Is there any PhD program does not accept foreigners due to its strategic importance? [closed]

I have heard that some countries do not allow others to have specific skills to avoid them earning strategic skills, e.g., about nuclear physics, or the genome. Are there any examples of students not ...
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How to be a co-author anonymously?

I am from country A and am studying in country B. A researcher from country C would like to collaborate with me. However, my home country (country A) has poor (hostile) relations with the researcher'...
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How to start international research collaborations within a specialised medical field

I am a researcher with 11 years of experience working on a series of projects in the health and education fields. These projects are loosely linked in that they are psych/ social science based and ...
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Can we just send the same two recommendation letters to every colleges? And will I be able to look at what was written in each recommendation letter?

I'm a French student planning to go study in the United States. Most colleges in the United States seem to ask for two recommendation letters from our professors. Can we just send the same two ...
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In order to apply for an internship in the United States, what exactly will I need to send? The academic transcripts of my grades? The TOEFL? The GRE? [closed]

I'm a French student looking to do an internship in the United States. My question is: in order to apply, what exactly will I need to send? I'm guessing I'll need to send a CV and a resume... but ...
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Feasibility of moving from US to France for a postdoc opportunity

Recently I ran across an international postdoctoral opportunity, which seems quite interesting to me. While I would prefer to stay in academia in United States, there are various factors that enable ...
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Geographic differences in bioethics and effect on experimental research in biology

Cultural heritage may have influenced views on life, consciousness, etc. Does it mean that bioethics is different in different countries? And does it mean that e.g. in Israel (Jewish culture) it is ...
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How best to approach an industry based research program at another university (with independent ideas)

I am an engineering masters by coursework student. For my final project I have implemented something I have since found is a current topic of research for another university (their project aim aligns ...
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Can I apply for a PhD in the United States with a 3-year undergraduate degree from Italy?

I'm currently studying in Italy for an undergraduate degree which is 3 years long (standard BSc in Computer Science). Since I'm also U.S. citizen, I was thinking it would be interesting to perhaps ...
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Median age at doctorate by field of study and country?

This excellent answer to another question offers some statistics on median age of doctorate recipients from U.S. universities in 2009, across different disciplines. However, we know that there is ...
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Can authors from certain origins really not know about the gravity of plagiarism?

With respect to some cultures, in particular Asian ones, one often hears statements such as the following: In this country, copying is regarded as flattery and thus people do not know the evils of ...
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How to handle authorship issues in an international multidisciplinary collaboration?

I am writing a paper that is co-authored by researchers at several national and international universities. The collaboration is also interdisciplinary, meaning that conventions for authorship vary a ...
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Costs of being an MS student in Germany

I am an open-minded Indian student and I will be going to Germany to join the University of Bonn for my masters in Computer Science. I have planned a monthly budget of € 830 including studentenwerk ...
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How to cite where names are not of [firstName lastName] form, in particular patronymic?

In academia in the US, the dominant name format is [firstName lastName]. And in APA citation format you typically cite by referring to the last name. So e.g. if John Doe wrote a paper in 2014, you ...
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Chose name for first publication (special characters and compound names)

I am submitting my first paper ever in a couple of months and I was wondering about my family name. The paper is in English and the conference is an international conference. Assume my name is {Alan} ...
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US PhD to Developing Country Professorship

So I was listening to this story on The Moth about a woman who earned a degree in Egypt and then an advanced degree in England and then went back to Zimbabwe to be a professor at local university: ...
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Role of positions' geographical diversity in (US) academic career perspectives

I'm curious about the impact of geographical diversity of positions (postdoctoral or junior faculty) on career prospects in academia. In my current job search I see a small number of positions at ...
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Can I receive both an NSF international postdoctoral award and salary from a foreign university?

Recently I was offered a full salaried postdoctoral position (not a fellowship) in Australia (with a long lead time). I am a US citizen, so can also apply for the NSF international postdoctoral ...
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What to do when university has not yet reimbursed travel costs for a job interview?

A few months ago, I visited a university for a tenure-track interview in computer science. Before my visit, I received an interview policy sheet from HR stating all the usual things (economy flight ...
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Are there formal or informal hiring bans in some academic settings based on gender and/or nationality?

In early March 2015, an eMail by a female German professor apparently rejecting a male Indian applicant due to the 'rape problem' in India made news. (The issue is a bit more complex. There is some ...
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Does the NSF award grants to foreign researchers not affiliated with US instutitions?

I mean the foreign researchers who are not affiliated with US institutions, and are located overseas. I suspect that NSF would not award them research grants, but need a confirmation. I also imagine ...
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Do all countries have the same gender segregation in science?

Do all countries have the same gender segregation in science? That is, while some countries may have a higher proportion of women in science, while others have a lower proportion of women in science, ...
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Global university ranking for graduates, not research

I work at a university that gives a small number of scholarships to PhD students to pay their fees and tuition. Currently, the decision for who to give these to is based on their undergraduate ...
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Academic occupation options for foreign visitors to the USA?

My wife is a student in the US. I am visiting her after I got a PhD degree several months ago in mechanical engineering in China. My visit is about one or two years long. I plan to go back China to ...
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US statute of Higher Education System

I'm taking for granted several fact about higher-education system in the US, such as: Professors can move freely between universities, even ones outside US. They are in this regard like professional ...
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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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Is there a single website where one can get to know about all upcoming international conferences? [duplicate]

It's very important for a research professional (such as a Statistician) who needs to work on multidisciplinary fields to attend international conferences and see what's going around in the field of ...
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What is life like for Western-raised/trained academics who are faculty in countries with extremely tight governmental control?

There are a growing number of prominent universities in the world which are based in countries where the government exerts substantial control over its citizens in ways that are not typical in "...
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How should I approach a Tokyo University professor to join their lab?

What are the guidelines that I should follow when contacting a foreign University professor to ask for joining their lab? I need to find a professor for my already accepted semester abroad as an ...
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Is it very difficult for international applicants to get a Visiting Assistant Professor position in the US?

I am a mathematics postdoc working outside the US and this year I am preparing for applications for positions (mainly in the US). I should also add that I am not a US citizen. Sometime ago I have ...
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How is undergraduate Indian percentage converted to US 4.0 GPA by graduate schools? [duplicate]

I am applying for Fall, 2015 in PhD programs (Computer science). The admissions page of many universities I saw, demand an undergrad GPA of at least 3.0 and graduate GPA of at least 3.5 Now, I ...
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Are postdoctoral scholars considered students or researchers in other countries?

I am currently working under a post-PhD (postdoc) scholarship. In my country (Argentina) I am usually considered still a student (although it's kind of a gray area). In other countries, would I ...
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Is there a list of research funding agencies worldwide, ordered by money spent?

I have found a Wikipedia page ranking countries based on amount of funding and GDP. Is there a list that breaks this down further by funding agencies? For example, the wiki list says US funding, ...
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On the verge of being “fired” from post-doc position, how to act towards supervisor?

I am in month 5 of an extremely unfulfilling post doc position in France. My sole responsibility is debugging 10k+ lines of spaghetti C++ code. I am a mechanical engineer and although I did my PhD ...
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Is someone with a masters in CS eligible to apply to a CS masters program in another country?

I've completed my Masters in Computer Science in India. Here we've had no specialization as such and the subjects assigned have been as per University rules. Now I feel the need to specialize in my ...
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Culture clashes in authorship norms

I'm an American professor in a branch of theoretical science at a US institution. There is a Japanese postdoc in our group who has nearly finished writing a paper with one of the American postdocs. We'...
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Special (non-english) character in name. What to do as author? Internationalize or not?

In German, as well as in other languages, people have Non-English characters in their names. e.g. ß, the umlauts etc.. I frequently face problems when flying, opening bank accounts, etc., ...
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What can academics and students do to reduce racism in academia?

I am a postdoc at a university in the UK. Before I came here, a friend warned me that racism is common in the UK. True enough, during my first few months here, I have already received a couple of ...
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Feasibility of Study in Cuba for U.S. Undergraduates

I'm assisting an undergraduate student with developing plans for summer 2014, and I'm considering the viability of study in Cuba. Are there any U.S. users who have traveled to and studied in Cuba and ...
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List of international internships/student programs

Is there a website where a list is maintained and constantly updated for undergrads/graduate students looking for internships/competitions/conferences in whatsoever field? Such a website will be an ...