I emails professor A about a chance to study with him, and he answers that he's on leave next academic year so not accepting new students, and I might want to check professor B. Should I mention to B that A refers her to me?
More specifically, I think that A is best suited for me. Should I be honest in saying that I have email A first? I think being honest upfront will set a better expectation from him, thus saving time for both.
Below is my intended draft:
Dear Prof. B,
To introduce myself, my name is X, from country Z. I'm writing this letter to ask you if you are planning to accept new students this year. I have asked prof A about studying with him, but he has kindly refer you to me since he's on leave next year.
From reading your profile, I can see that our interests align in many aspects. My interests can be divided into two main categories, which mirror yours:
- The cognitivism in Daoism and Buddhism's epistemology
- The physicalism in Daoism and Buddhism's metaphysics/cosmology
In case you are interested, here is a proposal I crafted for your reference.
Do you think the program could be a good fit for me? Would there be an opportunity for me to work with you as a grad student?
Best wishes and regards,
Both A and B are in the same school in Canada.