I finished my master in computer science about 2 years ago... And I just started to apply for PhD... I have received a prompt reply to one of my email and I really don't know what should I do!? here is the response :
It is impossible for me to know over a year in advance whether I will take any students for Fall 2016. Your CV looks interesting and I encourage you to apply to the program so you are eligible for any potential openings."
I asked for admission on fall 2016 but maybe I could ask for winter 2015 too...
Should I ask for funding now or after applying? How should I reply him?