A week ago, on July the 16th,2019, I have sent my initial PhD proposal to a prospective supervisor in New Zealand who I have previously made direct contact with, after 4 days I sent another email to make sure he received my documents, but there was no response. I just want to make sure that he can open my file without difficulty. What am I supposed to do now?

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    He/she may be on holiday. You may consider being patient or you could contact the university and check about holidays etc
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 11:23
  • Thank you very much for your response, Mike. I checked the university Academic calendar and see they are in their semester two in the southern hemisphere. It seems that I have to wait a little bit longer to see what happens next. Thanks again.
    – Afshin
    Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 13:15

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You may want to wait a while (generally, I will suggest that you wait one week before contacting the prospective professor). Based on my experience, it will take some time for your prospective supervisor to read and comment on a research proposal, if he or she is reading it seriously, which is what you want. If he or she has any difficulty opening your file, he or she will let you know, so you do not need to check with him or her.

If there is no response after one week, you may want to remind him or her by sending an email but make sure you are being very, very, very polite about it.


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