Is there a general convention as in the US (i.e. "until April 1"), or is this highly institution-specific?

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    I think it's institution-dependent, and context-dependent, i.e. it can vary from year to year – Yemon Choi Dec 11 '18 at 5:14
  • In physics, there is a deadline set by the funding council STFC which is late March or early April, but departments providing their own funding don't need to abide by this deadline. – astronat Dec 11 '18 at 9:20

Its completely context specific. It might even depend on the quality of the applicants - if I have two good candidates, I might want an answer from the first choice quickly so as not to risk the second choice taking up another offer if the first choice says no.

Conversely if the first choice is really good and I really want them, then I am more likely to be willing to agree to wait for an answer, so as not to risk them being rushed into saying no.

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