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I've been admitted to multiple PhD programs, how should I choose between them?

I've been admitted to more than one PhD program, and I'm having a very hard time making a decision. The programs I'm accepted to have advantages and disadvantages with respect to one another. How do I ...
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Is it worth self-funding a PhD to attend a top 10 university?

What should I opt for? Option A) very well paid PhD, around €3000 per month at a respectable university or; Option B) a non-paid PhD, where I have to pay €2000 per year at one of the top 10 ...
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I am able to self-fund a PhD, how can I use this when applying?

Some candidates have the personal or family resources to self-fund their graduate studies, or already know that they are willing to take on debt for them (disregard whether this is a good idea, which ...
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Will self funding a PhD hurt employment chances?

I am thinking of self funding a PhD in Applied Mathematics at either the University of Oxford or Cambridge. Would employers, both for academic (postdoc etc) and industry (research) jobs think less of ...
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Why is the admission process centralized, when the professor who is actually funding may not be in the committee?

This question is based on some observations which could be wrong (in that case, let me know). I am applying to PhD program in various universities in US in theoretical computer science (TCS). Some of ...
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Will I be treated differently from funded students if I attend graduate school without full funding?

I am told, by both a professor at my US undergraduate school and here at Stack Academia (for example, at Implications of being accepted without funding to a computer science PhD in the United States?),...
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If a professor is not offering funding to a PhD applicant, does it mean that he doesn't really want to be his advisor?

In some countries, it is required for students to contact a professor and find an advisor before they start their application for that university. I have heard from some of my friends who are studying ...
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If no funding is available at the time of admission, what are the chances of getting funding later, and when would I find out?

I applied to graduate school (masters programs) for an engineering major. It is not the most common type of engineering like electrical (my undergrad field) or mechanical. I applied to about 9 schools ...
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Accepted in MSc program but not invited for a visit?

I tried looking this up online and could not anything related to this, so figured asking here would make sense. Kind of related to this. Here is the story: I live in US (not an International Student),...
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FAFSA for US PhD (hard sciences — physics) students?

I have a question regarding filling out the FAFSA or not as a incoming PhD student. What is the benefit of filling out the FAFSA if you are a(n) (incoming) PhD student? In the US (at least in physics),...
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Which PhD program should I choose, a top three program without any guarantee of funding or a top 50 with full funding? [closed]

Prospective advisor and project are allocated for each program. They are equally interesting and close to my interest. They are located in beautiful cities. I can become a tutor to cover part of my ...
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Admission and advisor selection

I am an international student and I received admit from X university (USA) for PhD in computer science. I reached out to all the professors who match my research interest and only one of them ...
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How do I get back on the horse and get a part time Ph.D. admit? [closed]

My Background I graduated with a master's in CS from Rutgers in 2017. I was a part-time lecturer for an intro to CS course for two semesters and I barely focused on the master's course work. I got a 3....
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