I have done my masters in computer science and artificial intelligence and have some work experience in the software industry. Due to certain personal and family reasons, I had to halt my additional research career i.e. PhD.
But lately, I've been considering pursuing a PhD and since last year I have been looking for funded positions and scholarships but so far no success, even when I had good CGPA, research experience, few publications and technical skills.
Not to waste further time, I turned to consider myself for self funded positions but several of the Universities and colleges have already passed their application deadlines, and many will start their programs in September 2023 or February 2024. This means I will have to wait for at least full year even if I go for self funded.
Few years back, there were all year open PhD programs that you can just get admission by getting in touch with professors and would join research project and admission process would take place meanwhile or after that. However, lately, I don't see much of such options online and not getting much replies from professors as well. I have been sending emails everyday to professors and they don't even reply, explicitly telling them I am open to other related research projects and domain as long as it is in computer Science, AI , Software engineering, as I am life long learner and curious person when it comes to learning new skills and techniques. I have also expanded my region of interest to entire EU or in Canada. Also, I am interested in funded as well as non-funded positions.
So, my question is do professors or research facilities still take PhD students all year long without deadlines so I don't have to wait until September? Hopefully by March or April of the next year.