I have recently interviewed by a professor in US after sending him my CV. A few days after the interview he mailed me and told me to do the formal application process and mention him as the professor I want to work with. Now, I want to thank him for considering me as a choice of his future PhD student. What should I write?

  • Thank you? You’ve written thank you notes before, right?
    – RoboKaren
    Dec 19, 2017 at 15:33

1 Answer 1


Do not overthink this (and do not write a very long text). Just write

Dear Prof. NAME,

Thank you very much for considering me as a PhD student.

Best, NAME

  • Do you think when he has told me to apply. It means he has accepted me as his student?
    – Alireza P
    Dec 19, 2017 at 15:57
  • I got the impression from your question that he did - what do you mean by "considering me as a choice of his future PhD student"? Are you his choice? Dec 19, 2017 at 16:03
  • You can can add "I am looking forward to working in your lab" (or "working with you" if it is not experimental domain).
    – student
    Dec 19, 2017 at 16:08
  • @Alireza it sounds like you're not quite accepted yet. While the professor sounds willing to supervise you, you have been told to make a formal application, which could still be rejected (especially if the department cannot find funding for you). Having a prof on your side certainly helps, though :) Also, don't know why this answer was downvoted, it's good advice imo. Dec 19, 2017 at 16:48

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