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This tag refers to the application process for an academic course or an academic employment.

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How to write a research proposal for a university in UK?

I am applying to a PhD position in Pure math in UK. Application form asks for research proposal but I don't have any specific problem now which I would like to work on although I have a good ...
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If I only applied on one site when required to apply to two, will they look at my file?

I noticed for a few postdoc positions, they want you to apply both on mathjobs AND on some external site. I applied on mathjobs, but didn't apply on some external site. Will they look at my file? The ...
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Informing my potential PhD supervisor about an offer from another PhD program

Last year, I reached out to several potential PhD advisers as I prepare for my PhD applications. One of the potential supervisors (let's call him supervisor A) with ties to the industry responded and ...
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Possible options for an unhappy graduate student

I am a first year PhD student in Mathematics at a US university but I cannot adopt myself to the environment of my current program. I feel this program is not right for me. Unfortunately, I have to ...
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How to avoid redundancy in the faculty application materials?

I'm applying for a faculty position. The required documents include: a letter of application statement addressing the candidate's teaching interests statement addressing the scholarly/performance ...
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What can I write on my personal statement applying for PhD position when I have no recent research experience?

I am currently working as a senior computer vision engineer in a startup. Two years back I worked as an intern at DRDO (national defense institute) where I published two papers related to ...
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Are PhD applications confidential in the USA?

I came out on the diversity portion and I am having deep regrets and fears that anybody outside the admissions committee sees it. I doubt anybody on admissions even cares but I need to know that such ...
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PhD project that I cannot do on my own - what happens then?

I am considering applying for a PhD in Design and my idea for a Phd project is creating an innovative app. What concerns me is that I do not know how to develop apps, I am not a developer but a UX/UI ...
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Professor asks me to apply earlier than initially planned. How to respond? [duplicate]

The professor has accepted me to be is RA, but we had initially agreed that I should apply for Fall 2022. Now he suggested "You may wish to apply for the summer 2022 session if you can manage ...
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Adding a quiz to an application form

I have thought about setting up a quiz as part of a job application form (see background below for details), where I ask about 5 multiple-choice questions which are trivial to answer (or require a ...
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How to write a postdoc research statement when your interests are unrelated to your dissertaiton, or unknown [closed]

I am a last-year graduate student in physics in the United States. As I write my dissertation, I am also reading example research statements for inspiration, and the common format has been to ...
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Applying to another phd program after securing a pre-PhD research position at another institute

I've been searching for suitable PhD programs for me since last year, and I came across a fully-funded PhD program at University A with ties to the industry. Unfortunately, I had missed the PhD ...
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What to say to admissions committee to mitigate impact of missing recommendation letters?

I have just finished applying to 8 graduate programs this Fall, all of which had deadlines on Dec. 15th (today is Dec. 23rd). It has been pretty smooth except for one thing I'm concerned about. I ...
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Should I send an updated CV if I was informed about the acceptance of a paper in a top-tier journal shortly after applying for a postdoc position?

Last week I applied for two postdoc positions (one in the US, one in Germany). The deadline for both was 10 December. A few days ago, I got the acceptance letter for a paper (JCR Q1). I have two more ...
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Asking referees for help over a few months: one big request or many small ones?

So I'm planning to apply for a few different graduate programs, and the various applications will take place over the span of a few months. I have two referees who I plan to ask for all of these ...
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In how many universities should I apply for phd in US [closed]

I am from India and I want to pursue a PhD in statistics in the US. In each university the application fee is at least $60 which is around 4,000 Indian rupees which is a significant amount to pay for ...
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Should I take advice from an AI CV checker when preparing a postdoc application? [closed]

I am near the end of my PhD and intending to apply for academic jobs, especially post-doc research positions. One of the services offered by our university to its postgraduate researchers (PhD ...
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Pass/Fail on Grad Classes

This quarter, I made a series of bad decisions on what classes to take. I'm a senior, and I have taken ~10 grad math and cs courses up until now, and have gotten around a 3.9 on average in them. This ...
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How to ask for a recommendation letter from your current professor without ruining your chances to extend your contract?

I am currently a postdoc in a research group and I would like to move to another group and leave the current one. I would like to ask my current PI for a recommendation letter since another PI is ...
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Very long PhD interviews

Recently I've been invited to a PhD interview, for a three-year program. They are asking me to book two whole days for the interviews. The invitation asks me be avaliable "from 9am on Day X to ...
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Is it appropriate to ask about the number of applicants to a position?

Is it generally acceptable to ask how many applicants there were to a position I applied for, and does it depend on the current stage of my application? For instance, immediately after applying, at an ...
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How to justify having very low undergraduate grades and very high master's grades?

I'm applying to computer science PhD programs in the US and I'm worried about how to justify my undergraduate grades. Some other aspects of my application are strong, so I believe I have a chance (see ...
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A small part of my transcript is hard to read; can I get into trouble?

My university does not provide official transcripts in English, so I sent mine to a certified translator for translation. There is a footer on each page in Persian, and unfortunately, on one page, ...
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What is the faculty member who I presented my undergraduate dissertation to called?

Currently, I am falling short on recommenders for my PhD applications in the United States. I don't want to ask the professors with whom I only took a few classes as I know those letters could be weak....
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Can I not mention courses taken on my graduate school application? [duplicate]

This question is a followup to my previous question on Academia SE: How can I explain poor grades on courses taken after obtaining my undergraduate degree? A commenter suggested that I try hiding ...
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How to present and refer to a paper that has been finished, and reviewed by almost all coauthors but not submitted?

I finished a paper with my Master's thesis advisor and some other colleagues in January of this year, but we have essentially been waiting on a professor from another university who contributed to the ...
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Is it okay to apply for PhD at a German university without prior contact with a potential supervisor?

I have an MSc degree in natural science and I am currently looking for a PhD position. I saw an advertisement on a researcher community site that an institute at a German university is hiring PhD ...
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Valuing coding over physics, how can I address this in applications?

I'm a theoretical physicist. I really like to code and come up with (efficient) solutions to math and physics problems. I do not particularly care if this is in subfield A or B. After all, the ...
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Is it against the law to judge you based on your age and marital status when you applying for a PhD position?

A few weeks ago, I sent an email to a professor in a western European country in the hope of getting a Ph.D. position in the field of management. I have 17 years of work experience and 8 years of ...
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Applying for a physics Master's in a European university with intention to do Ph.D. in the same group?

I intend to apply to European Master's programs in theoretical physics, and I've got my bachelor's degree in my country Thailand. I also would like to continue my Ph.D. on my master's thesis subject, ...
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Dealing with a Very Low Math Subject GRE Score

I am a senior studying math at a private research university. It isn't an Ivy League school by any means, but it is a good school with, as far as I have experienced, a good undergraduate mathematics ...
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Writing Sample and Presentations in Mathematics Graduate Application

I am currently applying to graduate schools for a Ph.D in math. One of the schools to which I am applying has a section in which I can upload a writing sample. The description says "Please upload ...
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Can an H-1B holder work for a foreign institute? Does this affect the future application for permanent residency? [closed]

I am an H1-B holder working at a university. I was recently invited to join a research project in Europe as an external investigator (I will receive a small amount of salary). I consulted with the ...
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Governmental and Scientific Institution Recommendation Letters

I was requesting some recommendation letters to be submitted to a governmental institution. I am surprised that two of my professors refused to provide me recommendation letters while giving me same ...
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What should be written in a one-page research statement?

I am currently applying for a PhD in Machine Learning Applied to Biology. I am asked to write a one-page research statement in relation to the topic of the position offered. I do not understand what ...
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Should I mail a professor after applying to a programme?

I have applied for a summer research program for 2022. The application involved listing a preference order of professors I would like to work under. Each professor had a one line summary of the work ...
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NSERC (canadian institution) asks for Times New roman, can I use another font? [closed]

I need to write an outline of my research for a grant. The orginization I am applying to, NSERC asks for: "Body text in a minimum 12 pt Times New Roman font" Well here's a little problem, I ...
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How should I answer a question asking to compare the applicant to students previously sent to the university, if there are none?

One of my students is applying to Caltech for a PhD. He asked me for a recommendation letter. I haven't written a recommendation letter before. He is a bright student and I want to help him. On ...
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Using first person pronouns in a statement of purpose

I am writing a statement of purpose for Ph.D. applications in the US and Europe. In doing so, I have come across the idea that I should not use first-person pronouns in formal writing. Does this apply ...
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One page PhD research proposal in marine biology - Denmark

I am applying for a marine biology orientated PhD in Denmark and they ask for the following: A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references) ...
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Should I avoid sending my research proposal?

I am currently applying for a PhD position in data science, and my potential supervisor is asking me to write a research proposal. This professor is working on "ML & NLP methods for Digital ...
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What is the best way to find research groups in my field?

I seek to find research groups in my field, start a dialogue with potential supervisors, and apply for available positions. In other words, I want to check research groups' web pages mainly, not just ...
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What if university guidelines are not clear about contacting professors/potential advisors?

Some universities do not clearly state that I should not or must not contact potential PhD advisors. For instance, one says it is not "necessary" to contact an advisor during the application ...
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Poor College Grade on Statement of Purpose (SoP)?

I am applying to master's courses in theoretical physics. I see that good grades, especially in foundational courses, are important when it comes to having a good application. I have had good to great ...
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I made a major (criminal) mistake in college and the whole faculty knows about it, but I graduated. Might they admit me for grad school?

I’m looking to apply for my MCS at a well-known North-American university – the same university where I completed my BCS with honors. My grades are good, more than sufficient to get into an MCS ...
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Why do I need to declare parallel grant application(s)?

Some funders (e.g. the ÖAW and the FWF in Austria) require the grant/fellowship applicant to declare if they have submitted any other grant application(s) at the same time. (This is asked during ...
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What should I think after a very positive reply to cold mail?

Recently, I started sending cold mails to profs for upcoming PhD applications. Two of them replied instantly right after my mail: Thank you for contacting me, I am planning taking graduate students ...
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Does the admissions committee contact potential supervisors again if they start considering waitlisted students?

A professor showed interest in my PhD application (Australia, educational sciences) several months ago. He interviewed and recommended me. However, the university kept my application for the next ...
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I have a background in English (Education). If I apply for a PhD in educational psychology in the US, how likely am I to find a job? [closed]

If I start an educational psychology PhD under the supervision of a well-known educational psychologist in a department which ranks somewhere between 50-100 in the US (the global ranking of the ...
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How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. programs in Country X?

This is a special community wiki 'canonical' question that aggregates advice on a frequently-asked question. See this meta discussion. Please feel free to edit this question to improve it. Please give ...

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