I would like to pursue a PhD. The professor I am interested in collaborating with states on their website that applications from students outside their university should be directed to the university's graduate school.
Yet the next deadline is far too late for me, and in any case I would have wanted contact this professor before applying to the graduate school to know if they take students and what kind of projects they have.
Should I contact the professor?
I was thinking about an email like this.
If yes, should I mention that I read the directive on the website and that I am contacting them to know if they take students and on what kind of projects?