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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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I want to do research but I'm too old for a PHD

I really love research. I started a research project in graduate school for my M.A. in English. My research topic is a very viable and interesting topic for a dissertation. I'll be 60 on my next ...
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Age and Graduate school

I am 33. I live in the US. I am a neither a US citizen, nor a green card holder. I have worked in various jobs as a research assistant (physics, biology, economics) usually involving programming, ...
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How old is too old for a PhD?

Are there any age limits (formal, informal, or guidelines) that schools use when deciding to accept someone into a PhD program? I'm most curious about the upper age limits. For example, will most ...
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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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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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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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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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How were people able to graduate with a PhD at a such young age in the past?

When I read up the bibliography of the mathematicians and scientists in the early 19th to 20th century, I am always shocked at how they were able to graduate university with PhD(s) at such a young age....
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Are old (>35) faculty candidates discriminated against all over the world?

I think that in India research institutes will never take a faculty candidate who is over 35. Is it so all over the world? I am asking this question from the point of view of if someone starts their ...
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How important is age in CS PhD admissions?

I just entered a MS in Computer Science in a mid tier state school. I'm interested in taking things to the next level, but I just turned 30. By the time I do the math and everything, I'll probably ...
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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 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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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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Am I likely to be perceived as less successful if I start as an assistant professor at age 40?

Several professors, including my former advisor and a senior member of my research community, have been encouraging me to apply for a faculty job. I am torn about it mostly because I am 40 years old. ...
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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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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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What to do if professor comments on candidate's age in an admissions interview?

I'm 34. I received a degree in computer in 2008 and have been running a business ever since. Recently, I decided to apply for a postgraduate program in healthcare in January. To show that I was ...
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How much do my career prospects suffer if I start a mathematics/CS PhD. at the age of 27?

I was doing a PhD in a different subject and that was going nowhere and I lost interest in everything that I was doing. But I always loved mathematics and during the dark days of my 3rd of my (former) ...
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Age limit for research position or postdoc in pure mathematics?

I have read the questions in this website regarding age and PhD. But I couldn't find on age limit for specifically for pure mathematics and for an academic career (research position / postdoc / ...). ...
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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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Will my age affect my chances of finding a funded PhD position?

I just finished my masters studies. My question is, will my age (29) affect my chances of getting a funded PhD position? I finished Bachelor of Engineering when I was 24 (took 6 years to graduate, ...
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At what age do professors stop taking new students?

Assuming STEM, At what age do tenured professors stop taking new students? I am a first year PhD student and have my eye on one professor who seems to be really interesting and I feel he finds me as ...
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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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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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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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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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How should I take a potential PhD supervisor's age into account, when planning to follow PhD with habilitation?

I plan to apply for PhD in Finance/Statistics next semester, and hence searched for potential supervisors. An issue I have is that many interesting candidates are above age 60, and in Germany ...
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Am I too old for academia after a PhD? [duplicate]

Currently, I am applying for PhD positions at United States and Canadian Universities. I will be 35 when I start my PhD in Computer Science/Machine Learning, and probably I will finish it around the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Any experience in working with aged emeritus supervisors?

Recently, a graduate position, supervised by an emeritus faculty member has been offered to me. The aforementioned professor is one of the most famous contributors of his field on the planet for over ...
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What's the average retirement age in the universities in British (UK/Ireland/Australia/NZ) system?

In UK/Ireland/Australia/NZ, they don't seem to have a set retirement age. However, when do faculty members actually retire, or 'have to' retire (due to peer pressure, for example)? This question is ...
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Having decided to become a researcher after long career in industry, should I work independently or start a PhD?

I'v been doing software development work for almost a decade. I really love doing research work but I am always doing programming work in companies. I could join a PhD program 15 years ago after my MS....
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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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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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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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Does age matter to get a job/postdoc?

I stayed at home after I got married, but at 25 years old I decided to study History. Now I've finished my BA, MA, PhD and postdoc. I've got several publications and I can say I have a very ...
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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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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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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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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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Age vs career in natural science [duplicate]

Due to my country's education (we finish high school later than other countries), a year off, doing master's degree, I am finding myself in my first year of PhD in States being 26 years old, ...
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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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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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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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In choosing between MD-PhD and PhD, how should I factor in the expected age at which I'll start my career as a professor?

My ideal career is to be lead a lab at a university as a professor. If I completed a residency and fellowship after an MD-PhD, which I think I'd love because of the 80/20 split that fits my ...
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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 ...