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I am currently doing my masters and applying to do my PhD. I have been accepted at my current university, but I am waiting on a decision regarding funding. However, if I am unsuccessful with funding, I will not be able to take up the offer.

I am, therefore, looking at applying to other universities with the aim of increasing my funding chances.

My question is, can I submit the exact same research proposal to multiple universities? Or are there any issues with this? Also, my potential supervisor at my current university helped me a lot with editing my proposal.. obviously I would let her know that I was applying for other universities but does this come across disrespectful? I would also be looking to ask her for a reference. I am unsure how to even ask this, as I am worried it seems like I am taking her helpful advice on my proposal, just using it to apply elsewhere, then asking her for a reference.

My current university would definitely be my first choice, however as I said this is entirely dependent on funding.

Any advice would be massively appreciated!

  • If you're talking about your admissions essay -- I would say, you can worry about this a whole lot less. This is not a grant proposal. (This is just an essay where you show that you have big dreams. If your big dreams have a solid connection to reality, so much the better.) No one is going to hold you to exactly what you wrote in your essay. It's not like political campaign promises. – aparente001 Feb 24 '17 at 5:04
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You should clearly tell this potential supervisor at your current university what you told us here: That your current university would be your first choice but, since funding is uncertain, you need to apply elsewhere also. If this potential supervisor is a decent person (which most academics are), this should remove the difficulties that you are concerned about. (If she's not a decent person, why do you want to work with her?)

  • Thank you for the advice. I This definitely makes sense and they are a decent person so hopefully it will be fine. – chberry Feb 24 '17 at 10:31

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