I am applying for Ph.D program, and I need to find an advisor to accept me in his group. I want to send to him a perfect email and get his attention to me. I would like some opinion on this matter.

  • Do I include my CV and recondition letter in the first email?

  • Do I mention my GPA?

  • Do I straight-up ask them if they are accepting students? Or, do I first attempt to establish a relationship?

The field is renewable energy.

  • Welcome to Academia SE. In the future, please edit your question to improve it instead of asking a new question. Also please be aware of this question. – Wrzlprmft May 4 '19 at 9:25
  • Also, what is a “recondition letter”? Do you mean a recommendation letter by any chance? – Wrzlprmft May 4 '19 at 9:26
  • This and this question seem to address most of what you are asking. If you have any remaining questions, please edit yours to focus on them and to clarify why the aforementioned questions do not help. – Wrzlprmft May 4 '19 at 9:53

First of all, do not write a generic email to 50 faculty members. You need to focus on a few that you think are a good fit. For example, many faculty members won’t take you because they don’t have funding.

Next, try to make a personal connection: read their papers before, see how you could contribute, and tell them.

If you have a connection to them (you took a class/worked with a colleague of theirs, mentioning them will be a massive bonus (in terms of likelihood of receiving a reply).

Good luck!

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