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Questions about how age of the researchers and applicants to higher education may affect their opportunities in academia and their research productivity.

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Have money, but am old--how will these affect PhD application [duplicate]

In terms of academics, I think when I finish my masters (in two years), I will have a strong application with excellent grades, good recommendations, and a potentially very interesting project (albeit ...
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Can age limit be an issue for postdoc in China? [duplicate]

I have got post doc position in China a year back when I was 34. Due to Covid situations, my permit expired before and now lab fellow is planning again to apply for work permit but my age is 35 now. ...
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Should I change college to have a better undergraduate foundation? [closed]

I am 21 and I study Electronics Engineering. I am at the end of my third year, and I realised where I wanted to put my focus in my graduate studies. What fascinated me the most about EE is the physics ...
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Higher academic age and faculty applications

I am senior Postdoc in pure math about 7-8 years past the PhD. I am currently in a European country where it is not unusual to spend many years as a Postdoc and get hired on a tenured Professorship. I ...
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Is there an age limit on applications for Maitre de Conferences?

I'm interested in pursuing a permanent, independent research position in neuroscience in France. However, I'm getting conflicting information from different researchers in the country about whether or ...
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Outdoor skills as ticket to the archaeology PhD?

I have an office job that should provide me solid financial base for early pensioning. I've lately developed passion for outdoor activities (mountaineering, diving etc.) when it was too late to adapt ...
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Addressing age, resume-gaps and non-related job experience in a research job interview

I spent 7 years after high school working in hospitality, customer service, and semi-skilled manual labor. I returned to school got a bachelor's and later a masters, and now work in a research lab. I ...
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Age discrimination in Academia and PhD completion age [closed]

In the recent years I have observed more often some existing limits on the age of a person pursuing an academic career and in the postdoc years spent after the PhD. For example, it is very common to ...
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Age restrictions for teaching in united states [duplicate]

I am asking this question in a general sense (in the majority sense) and is not particular to any institute or topic. Is there any upper age limit to join as an assistant professor in the US? If a ...
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How feasible to learn undergraduate math in one year? [closed]

I know that Scott Young tried this for computer science by utilizing resources on OCW. I am more interested in mathematics (pure and applied). I wondered how feasible to do the same thing for ...
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Can I pursue a bachelor degree at 42? What should I consider when deciding whether to do so? [closed]

I am contemplating pursuing a bachelor degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering or System Engineering. Not to look for a job with it but just to expand my knowledge. I have a reasonable ...
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Is there any age criteria in selecting new faculty in STEM universities in the USA?

I plan to start my Ph.D. quite late at age 31. I wanted to know if this would have any implications on my career if I decide to stay in academia and apply to faculty positions after completing my Ph.D....
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Graduate admission for mature Computer Science school teacher [closed]

The mother of my friend is a senior computer science high school teacher in India. She did a masters in Information Technology around 25 years ago in India and wants to restart her education. She want'...
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Age limit rules for postdoc position in China

I got a postdoc position at age 34 years in China. My documents are verified and I got the invitation letter. My employer applied for a work permit which is in process. I am waiting for that to apply ...
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Does it have any value getting a PhD in engineering after 45? [closed]

I am talking about academia and research. Suppose, a person doesn't have either professional or academic credentials or experiences. Suddenly he decides to study engineering because he wants to ...
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Why are most cranks old men?

What To Do When The Trisector Comes claims that most cranks (for lack of a better word) are old men (trisector refers to a specific type of crank): One obvious characteristic of trisectors is that ...
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What are the academic career prospects for someone in their late 30's starting a PhD?

I'm in my late 30's and started a Ph.D. program and am wondering what my academic career prospects are. From my understanding, after the Ph.D., there are 2-3 years of postdoc, then 4-6 years of tenure-...
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Can I pursue a master's degree and research career after taking 16 years to finish undergraduate?

I've just finished my bachelor degree in Psychology as a second under-graduate degree. My first degree was in mathematics. I am 37 years old and I would like to know if it's possible to pursue a ...
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Is age a factor when applying for federally-funded pre-doctoral fellowships (such as NIH's F-31 grant)?

I have seen a number of postings along the lines of "Am I too old for tenure track?". While the consensus was "no," I am suspicious of the meritocracy holding for F grants. These are training grants ...
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Have there been any recent studies on the effect of age on PhD success rates in the US?

I think the title is fairly self-explanatory. I am wondering if any recent studies (past 20 years or so) have been published that look at possible correlations between age and the 'success rate' of ...
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What is the average age of first tenure track positions in the Physics in the US?

On average, in physics departments in the US, at what age do people get their first tenure track positions? What about associate professor and full professor? Update: Several commenters have asked ...
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Can my age play as an obstacle in my Ph.D. application, and while getting student visa? [duplicate]

I'm 42, got my master degree in Feb 2017. I´ve 17 years of work experience in the industrial field and I'm still doing academic research with my former supervisor and publishing papers. I am going ...
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memory decline and academia

What are good techniques or suggestions for people on verge of memory decline to better remember where to find a scientific material? Personally when I read something in a book or in a paper or a ...
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Job Market: should one hide their (young) age?

I am a 23 year old cis-woman in sociology. I entered college at 16 and grad school at 19. The program is in the US, so it is a five year program with a Masters along the way. I have been reading a ...
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What is the best age to go to school? [closed]

Einstein's best work was not till after he was 30 years old. Is it possible for some people to mentally develop later in life obtaining the ability to learn Math and other subjects easier than when ...
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Postdoc in China age issue [duplicate]

Ok here's the issue. Normally the Chinese postdocs have to be under 35 years of age plus under 3 years from PhD. However, I am slightly over 3 years from PhD. However, I already will have a one year ...
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do you know anyone who is over 30 years old, but got admission from top math grad school? [duplicate]

I am going to apply math grad schools this year. But, the problem is now I'm 30 years old. Do you know anyone who is 30 or over 30, but got admission from top math grad school?
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What is the maximum age to get into academia, as a recent PhD / recent post-doc, in the US? [closed]

At what age does breaking into academia as a professor, e.g. recent PhD / recent post-doc, in the United States become effectively impossible? Is it at the age of 30 or 40? I keep hearing about ...
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Senior professional admissions for a PhD

I am an MSc of urban planning with more than 25 years of professional practice. Can someone please tell me if age is in any way negative for being considered by a top university in the USA or UK for a ...
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Who writes the recommendation letters for returning student PhD applicants after a big hiatus?

The answers to previous questions indicate it's possible to apply for and complete a PhD even at age 65+ (example, another example). If these applicants did undergraduate studies at a conventional ...
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How do academics deal with growing old?

Everyone grows old, grow less dexterous and energetic, lose cognitive ability, and so on. In most jobs these don't matter that much since one doesn't need to be the best, and "good enough" is good ...
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Non Anglo and older grad school applicant [duplicate]

I am 49 years old, Psychologist with MA in Psych, PhD in Public Health and postdoc at University of Toronto. However,all my academic background here stated is from Brazil and I have been facing some ...
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After 20+ years of lecturing, 3 masters (2 M.Sc.), at age of 54 years, is it feasible to start and finish a Ph.D., be hired as a Professor? [duplicate]

After 20+ years of (part-time) lecturing, 3 masters (out of which 2 M.Sc.), at age of 54 years, is it feasible to start and finish a Ph.D. and be hired as a Professor?
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Chances of entering a graduate program in Germany at the age of fifty

I’m considering applying for a master’s program in Germany, but I’m wondering how the feel about older students? I am nearly fifty and I know some grad programs in the US aren’t interested in ...
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Pros and cons of having a Ph.D. advisor who is (possibly) younger than me [closed]

I applied for a Ph.D. position. A new assistant professor who would join that university next year reached me and asked whether I wanted to work with him. I have been working for two years since my ...
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To enroll in to a PhD Program at the age of 65

As a retired school teacher, and to become a professor at a university. Is it okay to get into a PhD program at the age of 65 and complete it to become a professor? Or is it too late and I can’t get ...
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Returning to research/academia

I'm a 28 year old Ph.D. student in CS (databases), in my first year of study - I have completed a research-based Master's program and published a couple of papers as well. I love research, and my ...
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Why do grad programs ask for date of birth?

In the spirit of this question about photos on CVs, I'm wondering why applications to grad programs seem to universally ask for the applicant's date of birth, usually right next to the applicant's ...
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Student number indicates when you started – what to do about the ensuing prejudice?

I come from a university where the first two digits of your student number represents when you started in the university. As such people often use this to judge age, whether the person is repeating or ...
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Too old to get another math PhD degree?

I got my math PhD degree more than 10 years ago, and my major is algebra. I have published some papers in some journals such as Adv. Math.. I really love math, but I am still thinking I haven't got a ...
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Returning to academia after a long peroid

A person I know has been teaching undergraduate students for about ~8 years. She has a master in science and she is ~41 years old. For personal reasons, she quit her job five years ago. She would like ...
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What are the options for a drop out turned professional to return to academia?

I dropped out of an e-commerce program fourteen years ago (yes, it was a short-lived idea for a program). I entered the work force, but kept self-educating ever since. Around seven years ago I began a ...
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Become researcher after PhD at 40 [duplicate]

How real is it to become a "formal" researcher (that is someone holding some research position) after earning a PhD at the age of 40? Sometimes it so happens that people discover their true interest ...
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Prospects for an older student with a roller coaster of grades [closed]

Apologies for my verbosity. There have been more than a few questions from applicants with less than stellar grades. My situation is significantly different from those I have read, but I believe ...
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How to deal with ageism as a graduate student? [closed]

I have lurked on this site for some time and I have appreciated the intelligent, well-written answers to myriad questions. My inquiry is the following: I have faced age discrimination in the program ...
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Ageism in Tenure-track applications

I am applying tenure-track positions now, however I am about 10 years older than the average applicant (I worked many years in industry before PhD). I talked to 2 experienced people whom I trust. ...
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Concerns about a very old PhD advisor?

I’m thinking about taking a 70-year old math professor as my PhD advisor, in a US school. I like his teaching and research. If I don’t choose him, I would probably have to switch fields, which I can ...
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Why do most talented children still enter college after the age of 18? [closed]

Considering how the complexity of science is growing with each passing year, it would make sense for people to start working on their degree as soon as possible. However the academic system in place ...
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Average age to start a PhD and correlation to future career

Which is the average age in which persons start their PhD? Is this age in some way related to the post PhD plans a person does? In my (European) experience I have 3 groups of people, with the ...
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Why are there some really young professors and other much older lecturers without professor status?

I was just wondering how this is possible, there are some 50+ year old people who are 'Dr. X Y', and others who are maybe "only" 40 years old , but they are 'Professor Dr. X Y'.
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