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What's the best way to switch PhD advisors/or get a taste for working with a potential advisor without being on a fellowship?

In other words how would I convince a potential advisor to fund me + avoid burning bridges with my current advisor?

Let's say the reason for the switch is that I realized I'm not that interested in the research area my advisor is focused on now.

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    Do you have a good relationship with your current advisor? Is he likely to be supportive of this, or will he actively work against you on this? – ff524 Apr 18 '16 at 7:18
  • Relationship is good. – user2562609 Apr 18 '16 at 8:39
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    What year of PhD are you?Usually in the first year there should be no problem, some PhD programs include in 1st year a round of 3 supervisions in order to chose a suitable direction. – Mikey Mike Apr 18 '16 at 10:30
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    How are you being funded? – Davidmh Apr 18 '16 at 10:35
  • The question lacks too many details that are relevant to give proper answer. Like the scheme of how the department finances PhD students, etc. – Dilworth Apr 18 '16 at 16:59

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