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I have contacted a potential PhD supervisor and he sent me back a positive email and asked "have you contacted anyone else in the department or just me at this stage?".

I have replied to the email in a very short notice and stated that I have directly contacted him after careful consideration of the academic staff profile because I can more easily merge with the research theme he works on.

It has been 2 weeks but haven't received a reply, should I write a follow up email? If yes, what should I write in it?

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    I can more easily merge with the research theme he works on. and he sent me back a positive email, What's the reason you have not applied for the school? – scaaahu Nov 13 '16 at 5:41
  • So far you have handled this well. I know that it is hard to wait when you are excited about a possible collaboration. However, two weeks is not much time, when you think about what life might be like at the other end of the ethernet connection. Maybe give it another week or two, and then find some excuse to write again, such as notifying the person that your application to that school is complete (as an FYI), or asking a question about one of this person's papers. – aparente001 Nov 13 '16 at 17:46
  • scaaahu, I actually want to know whether he will be able to supervise me or not – Diar Nov 14 '16 at 11:59
  • If you want to know whether he would be interested in supervising you, I'd fill out the application form and see what hoops you need to jump through to send the application. If he hasn't responded when you finished doing that, I'd contact him again telling him that you are ready to send your application and want to know whether he would be interested in supervising you. – dimpol Nov 14 '16 at 13:20

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