I'd like to apply for a master degree!

I have contacted a professor and he told me that he can me fund as a graduate student, starting from winter. It is a long time I like to start work as soon as possible. How can I ask my professor to work with me during this time? I am not a native speaker: how can I ask him politely?

Also, I have admitted some universities for the fall semester but I prefer this particular university and I like to choose this one. Yet I feel anxiety about taking me as a graduate student.

I have prepared this letter. Is it OK?

great! Til January intake There is fairly long time, during this time I'd like to get in touch with you. and starting my research beforehand.But I have an anxiety about taking me as a graduate student. I am in a time limitation and I have already admitted to some universities in Europe for fall semester 2017 but I prefer to choose Xyz University among them because of its interesting research topics and more importantly the education is research-based, unlike europian countries. could I reject their offers and secure this position? How can I secure this position? If I apply earlier could Is it possible to evaluate my application earlier?

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    why are you giving me minus? – nikki Jun 5 '17 at 18:35
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    I didn't downvote, but this is very poorly worded (to the point I'm struggling to understand what you mean, as a native English speaker). I'm also not convinced this would be a suitable question if phrased better. This is not a proof-reading service. Questions should be at least potentially of interest to others beyond the person asking. – Jessica B Jun 5 '17 at 18:48
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    I agree with @JessicaB, to the extent that I think you should spend the time between now and the start of your scholarship working on written English skills. – Patricia Shanahan Jun 5 '17 at 21:11
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    On the one hand, you're saying you were accepted but you want to start your research project early. On the other hand, you say, "How can I secure this position? If I apply earlier could Is it possible to evaluate my application earlier?" This suggested you have not been accepted yet. Which is it? – aparente001 Jun 6 '17 at 4:18
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    Related meta post. – Massimo Ortolano Jun 6 '17 at 7:06

If I understand your question correctly, your two main issues are:

Your scholarship starts in the winter, but you want to start your research ASAP

First off congratulations on obtaining funding. You are already on a good start.

Research shows that 72% of master’s students have no source of finance for their studies, while two thirds of those who say they are unlikely to take up postgraduate study cite expensive course fees as the reason, and admit more financial support may help change their mind.

The self-funded master's student: your stories

If your professor allows you to start work earlier, you will need to take living expenses into account. Even though a research-based degree is more exciting, being able to live comfortably is important.


Anxiety is a natural outcome of change. The question is

What would you do if you weren't afraid?

Spencer Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese?

Try talking with recent graduates from the same lab. Make use of their experience. They have gone through the same process you are going.

  • I'd like to work on it via Skype! that won't take money – nikki Jun 5 '17 at 19:37
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    Make use of the time and read ALL the professor's papers. This will greatly help you to have a common language with the professor when you start working with him in person. – salehgeek Jun 5 '17 at 19:55

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