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Where can I register for a cheap or free online or distance Ph.D. program?

Is it possible do to an online or distance Ph.D. program at all? If so, are there ones that are cheap or free?
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Working Experiences Sections in application systems of doctoral programs?

I am applying to doctoral programs and I am not sure if it is necessary to fill out the sections for working experiences. The problem is that I have been always a full-time student up to now and, ...
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How and where can I seek help regarding research outside of my university?

I'm so glad to finally have found this avenue where I can seek some advice related to my Phd. I wonder why it took me so long to stumble on this. Let me give a brief of my situation: I'm a Phd ...
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How to answer a professor asking “what your masters work is about?” when my thesis is not in English?

I have contacted a professor, looking for a PhD position. He replied that my field is so near to his research field, and to consider my application; he needs to know more about my masters thesis. ...
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Do Expectations From a PhD Candidate Change with respect to the Country or Region?

I am willing to pursue a PhD degree in Northern Europe (mostly in Scandinavia). So, I take advice from differen professors of my university. The exact question I asked was: I want to complete my ...
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Prepare presentation for Phd Interview in Germany

I have been invited to the second round of interviews for a PhD position in a research programme in Informatics. I haven't submitted any research proposal, but now I have 2 and a half days to prepare ...
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How to make leaving a PhD program seem like a positive thing on a resume [duplicate]

I have a feeling this question has been posted before, but I wanted to ask as my situation is slightly different. I've recently decided to leave my PhD program in the social sciences in order to look ...
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Is it usual for a PhD thesis to have two distinct subjects?

In my PhD studies I have slipped off my original track of research. This was also caused by the fact that I found out that my work can be generalized to a broader scope. It is not so bad, during this ...
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Uncertain and frustrated Ph.D student in 6th year with no clear progress [closed]

Am currently in 6th year Ph.D program in CSE. I shifted university with my advisor in my 2nd year. Due to unavoidable circumstances I didnt focus much on my research for about 6-8 months. It took me ...
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How to know whether my PhD advisor knows the area of research?

Ok here is the situation: My advisor gave me a paper about new model X. After reading and researching in X, I became very familiar with X and had many interesting ideas to extend its capabilities. ...
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How to get the best of the last half of a PhD?

I'm a PhD student in Physics with one year and a half to go. My project is at the border between physics and computer science (I am developing a new method to analyse materials). I'm fascinated by ...
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Would adding anecdotes in statement of purpose be necessary?

I am applying to phd programs in the US. In preparing for the statement of purpose, I consulted some native speakers. I was suggested to add some anecdotes in my statement. Nevertheless, after a ...
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What are the best places to do Mathematical Physics? [closed]

I am contemplating to switch from theoretical physics to mathematics. Specifically, mathematical physics (knot theory, gauge field theories, string theory and AdS/CFT duality). I have already found a ...
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What are the potential pitfalls of having a PhD in machine learning particularly?

This is a follow up question from this one. From what I read in that question I understood that in most cases the PhD is not a good idea to grow a good career in the industry. However I contacted ...
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Resume writing guideline for applying a PhD position

I've been working a Software Engineer for almost 7 years. A few months ago I finalized my Master's degree on Computer Science, and now I'm thinking in applying to a Phd program in a European College. ...
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Which factors should I seek when I am searching for a PhD supervisor? [duplicate]

As a masters graduate seeking for a PhD position, I look in the website of the universities to find an open position; also I look at the professor's webpage to see whether I have a research interest ...
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Do I have a chance of getting into a math PhD program? [closed]

I am a pure math major, female. My school is considered one of the top 10 schools both worldwide and in USA in math. Here is a little about me. I moved to USA 6 years ago, studied in a community ...
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Is rejection the default decision for international applicants to PhD programs in the US?

I am applying to PhD programs in the US. I am wondering if there is a default decision imposed on international applicants. This question may sound ridiculous, but, I still ask here because I have ...
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Is it suitable to merge the certificate of being a presenter into the paper presented at the conference? [closed]

I am not sure how to deal with a paper of mine presented at a conference and the corresponding proof of being a presenter. Since the conference does not have an English agenda nor an English post, I ...
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What tone to use when talking about oneself in statement of purpose?

In what manner should one speak in her statement of purpose for phd applications? Should she speak factually or slightly overly self-praising?
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Should I avoid using footnotes in a statement of purpose?

I intend to use some footnotes (in a restricted manner) in my statement of purpose for PhD applications, but I am not sure if doing so is suitable. Though I cannot see any reason against doing so, ...
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Does it look bad to have more letters of recommendation from undergrad than masters professors in PhD admissions?

I did my undergrad at university A, and my masters at university B. I am now applying to university C which requires 3 letters of recommendation. Naturally, my thesis advisor is one of them. I also ...
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Is it wise to use the paper reference numbers defined in CV in statement of purpose?

If in my CV I assign to each paper of mine exactly one number, say [1] On ...; [2] On ..., and if I want to introduce my works in my statement of purpose, then is it wise to use these paper reference ...
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What is the best way to appeal an unfair qualifier exam decision?

Recently, I took the PhD qualifier exams for my department. In my dept. there are 3 exams, each covering a subfield (say subfield A, B, and C). First you are given an hour to work through several ...
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Is a second PhD ever necessary? [duplicate]

I'm an undergraduate student. I used to think that a PhD certifies a person as an expert in a specific topic of a specific field. I've now been told that while that's true, a PhD most importantly ...
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What is the most common route to becoming a lecturer?

I've recently been talking to a PhD graduate who passed her viva last year in Computing. She has been unemployed since and when I asked why not go into lecturing at the university. She then mentioned ...
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Does a few years work in-between study hurt Physics PhD application to a top 20 US school?

All things being equal how would a good US graduate physics admissions weigh these paths. Scenario 1: 4 year Bachelor of Science. And then direct application to graduate school. Scenario 2: 4 year ...
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Does a PhD application decision letter give the reasons for the decision? Why or why not?

Out of curiosity, I am wondering if a PhD application decision letter gives the reasons for the decision? If yes, why? If not, why?
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How should I choose the name of my past degree in application when the options do not not exactly match my degree?

I am applying for PhD for a certain university (Canadian), and in the form there is a question about the academic background. In the options I see things like Bachelor of engineering, bachelor of ...
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The acceptable similarity in PhD thesis

I have checked the originality of my PhD thesis in mathematics using Turnitin. The similarity was 31%. Is this percentage acceptable by most committees?
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How to find out whether a PhD dissertation is ready to submit?

How one may know that his/her work is good and enough for getting PhD? Does it depend on the number of words, pages, number of published paper or some things else?
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Can I get a job while still applying for a scholarship for PhD studies?

I'm interested in a Ph.D. program in Switzerland. I know that all Ph.D. students can apply for scholarships, and it is very possible to get it. I am wondering if, meanwhile I could find myself an ...
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Can I have a PhD in mathematics or physics after having a bachelor degree in medicine?

Can I have a PhD in mathematics or physics after having a bachelor degree in medicine provided that I score high in GRE physics or math? I have had zero coursework in math or physics but I am not ...
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Should I apply again to the same research group where I used to work and haven't got any PhD offer from the professor?

Approximately a couple of years ago I was working in a Computer Science project abroad. The task was to implement a software analysis tool with the collaboration of a professor, and if all went well ...
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For writing samples, is it necessary to provide an English translation of a conference paper written and presented in my native language?

I have a paper, written in my native language, presented in a conference. If I want to use it as a writing sample in the applications to phd programs in the US, should I provide an English translation ...
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Is mentioning submission rejections in SOP wise?

I kind of want to mention in my SOP that I have been through rejections many times so as to hint the reader that I have a more mature mentality to persevere when I am a professional researcher. But, a ...
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What are the standard workloads for mathematics TAs at state and private universities in the US?

I am an international student, and now pursuing my Ph.D in pure Math in a not very good (ranking 70+) and relatively small state university in U.S. As usual, I am a supported TA, and I am wondering ...
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How can I thank a senior faculty who's written me a good reference which helped me land a desirable job?

I recently got a good job and I want to thank a very senior professor in my department, who spent time to write me a very good reference. I am thinking maybe to give him a thank you card when I go to ...
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Should I list my papers which are published in less known journals in my CV?

In preparing my academic vita for applications to PhD programs, I came across this question: Since I have some papers published in less known journals, should I list them or not to list them? Will ...
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How do you find interdisciplinary collaborators for your research?

I would like to know if someone knows whether there are IT solutions (websites etc) that help with meeting interdisciplinary researchers from local academic institutions (socal).
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Can a good masters record overcome a bad undergraduate record for PhD admissions? [duplicate]

I have a First class honors distinction (74/100 from a UK university) at an MSc. I did after my engineering degree where I had very average marks. Will it be easy for me to get a PhD? Many PhD ...
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Is it worth self-funding a PhD to attend a top 10 university?

What should I opt for? Option A) very well paid PhD, around €3000 per month at a respectable university or; Option B) a non-paid PhD, where I have to pay €2000 per year at one of the top 10 ...
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How do some Ws on transcripts affect PhD admissions in mathematics?

I am a senior who is graduating in December with a Bachelor's Degree in Pure math. I would really love to apply to the PhD program. However, I have been really depressed because even though I have a ...
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Can I study and obtain two PhDs in different subjects simultaneously?

I am a student of LLM. After LLM I want to do Ph.D on Waqf family courts. I am also interested in doing a Ph.D on comparative religion from Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi. My doubt is can I do a Ph.D ...
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Choosing PhD advisor in a field different from your undergrad research?

I am applying to grad schools now, in physics dept. I have been doing my undergrad research on high energy and astrophysics. But recently I have started to gain a lot of interest in condensed matter ...
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Putting verbal offer of PHD position on resume

While I was studying abroad, I was offered a PHD position for having a very impressive project. I was actually only in 3rd year engineering at the time and I din't want to go into the professor's ...
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What is the industry equivalent of a post doc?

I've just finished my PhD in Genetics, and I am looking at moving into industry, as a scientist. "Senior Scientist" seems to be the closest match, because the salary is slightly higher than a junior ...
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What to say in PhD application when potential advisor is moving to another university?

I am in the process of applying to PhD programs in Computer Science. A professor with whom I'm interested in working is moving from university A to university B. While he is not super well-known, his ...
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Is it a good idea to submit a recommendation letter from a friend who is doing PhD at the university I am going to apply?

I got a friend who is doing PhD at one of the prestigious universities. Two and half years back we were classmates in graduate studies. I have good relations with him. I started working for industry ...
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Should I withdraw my other PhD applications when I have a secured funding and a supervisor but I am waiting for the faculty decision?

I'm applying for PhD studies to a university in Netherlands, the procedure entails that you should contact a professor and obtain a letter of acceptance. I have already secured funding and now found a ...