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

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How long does it take to prepare for applying to a PhD in the US?

For a person that considering to apply to a PhD program in the US, how long does you think in advance is needed to be ready in time to the application deadline? I will appreciate a breakdown of time ...
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Is it better to merge my SOP and PS into a single essay or just join the two files one after the other to create a single file?

I'm applying to grad schools in the U.S. for a Ph.D. in mathematics and I recently read about the key differences between an SOP(Statement of Purpose) and a PS(Personal Statement) after noticing a few ...
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Sending your potential advisors your preprint that you have not posted on arXiv

I have written up a preprint that I have not posted on arXiv yet, as I keep modifying it. It is advisable to send that preprint to my potential postdoctoral advisors before I have posted it on arXiv, ...
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Leveraging research-adjacent experience for graduate school admission

I recently completed an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and unfortunately didn't realize my interest in attending grad school until my senior year. This means that I neglected to take ...
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Does thesis or publication in a foreign language hinder the prospect of it?

Background: I'm a undergraduate student who is planning on going out to Canada to do my master’s. Since I'll be applying to universities there I'm stuck thinking if writing my research thesis in ...
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How to respond to professor if he wants me but I need responses from other professors?

I just started my PhD application. I read some papers and wrote letters to professors that I want to work with. I started getting some feedback from different professors. Many of them will schedule a ...
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Can a professor in the program I'm applying to write a recommendation letter?

Three professors have promised to write me recommendation letters for PhD program applications. I want to apply to the program where one of them (Prof.A) is a professor. I was in his summer research ...
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Is it normal to apply for a PhD when you have not done your master's thesis in that subject?

I have recently finished my master's thesis and I want to start applying for PhDs soon. Considering that I did my PhD in subject A would it be considered 'normal' to apply for PhDs in subject B? I ...
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What should I do if what I want to major in isn't available in my country? [closed]

I really wanna study to become an occupational therapist but unfortunately, there seems to be no options out there. There are no colleges or universities in my home country with a course in the ...
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Should I name drop a famous coauthor on my resume?

I recently finished my PhD in the Spring of this year and after taking some time off I have been on the job hunt looking to get into industry or a government position. One of my publications ended up ...
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University change (To other lab)

I have a question and would like as much suggestion as possible please. I am in kind of a serious situation. I had applied for PhD program in a good korean university. As I had already studied Korean ...
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A Guide to enrol for a PhD in Management with UK Regulated Qualifications

I want to enroll in a top Canadian/US university for PhD program in management with options in human resource management/entrepreneurship. I do not have a BSc degree but have over 14 years ...
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Is an Honours degree important for Master of Philosophy application in Australia?

This question is about Higher Degree Research in Australia. I am currently an undergraduate student majoring in Statistics at an Italian university, and I have planned to go to Australia in the ...
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How should I reply if the potential supervisor ask me whether I contacted other potential supervisor?

I received a response from potential supervisor, in her response , she said ' I would, in principle be happy for you to apply to the university'. then she asked me whether I contacted with Professor ...
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Can I use an MSc lecturer as an academic reference for another MSc degree?

I have a BSc and MSc in Architecture (2011). I am close to completing a second MSc and would like to go for a third MSc in Canada. Can a lecturer from the second MSc be a reference in the 3rd MSc ...
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How to reply a Phd rejection letter with funding suggestion?

When I reached a professor for potential phd supervision, I got a reply like:"Unfortunately there are no open positions for PhD students in our lab at the moment, or in the near future. There is ...
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My college laptop went kaput and I don't have any writing samples to include in my grad school application. Do you have suggestions?

Practically all programs require a writing sample from applicants. I'm preparing to apply by the end of 2022 but I'm stressed about this aspect of it since I have very few options. The hard drive in ...
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Advice - Entering/completing MS program to increase competitiveness for PhD programs? [closed]

This fall, I am planning on applying to PhD programs as a graduated student. However, I’m having to make up for an abysmal undergrad - 3.23 GPA, very very intro research experience, and not too many ...
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Professor stopped replying after showing interest in introductory email [duplicate]

I want to do my Master's Degree from Japan, for which I sent an email with my research proposal on 3rd August, 2022. The Professor replied within 2 hours of email, showing interest in my profile and ...
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How much overlap with my research topic does a potential PhD supervisor need?

As a history student, my research proposal is about a comparative research of xx in country A and B. Does the potential supervisor need to be interested in both A and B? Or either of them is fine?
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Does being accepted in a PhD program guarantee that my tuition is payed for?

I'm a prospective psychology PhD student, and one of the most intimidating problems was tuition expenses, but I've checked a number of PhD programs (NYU, Carniege-Mellon, Princeton) and they all say ...
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Can I officially use the Ph.D. as the highest educational attainment while waiting for graduation? [duplicate]

I finished all the requirements for a Ph.D. degree at a university in Hong Kong. This month, I received a letter from our Graduate School confirming that the University Senate has approved my ...
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What should I do a potential supervisor doesn't reply after I send the research proposal to him? [duplicate]

A potential suprvisor (British university) gave me a positive response after my first email, and asked me to send a more detailed research proposal to him. I send it to him on the 14th of July, and ...
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How do I find small, teaching-focused universities in the European Union?

I'm a European doctoral candidate about to defend her PhD dissertation. I'd love to eventually get a job at a small teaching university with a relatively larger focus on education rather than research;...
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Is it a good idea to submit the preface of my dissertation as a writing sample for PhD application?

I am planning to apply for a PhD in the USA and Canada in fall 2023. I'm applying to English, Film and Media and Gender studies departments. All the programs require only one writing sample of decent ...
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What is meant by “Study Track”?

I’ve been looking for master’s programmes on university websites for a while and a couple of times, I’ve come across “Study Track” written in front of the programmes like English Studies [Study Track]....
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What to write in a motivation letter where the template says "In a few lines, specify your professional project"

My program is structured such that I have to do two years at one institution, then transfer to a different institution for the third and final year. I am now finishing the second year and filling out ...
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Poor Grades in CS Masters, Applying for Biology PhD [duplicate]

Thank you for your help in advance. I am considering PhD programs in the biology of aging. I am a 2020 college graduate with a Chemistry BA from a top 25 university in the US. During this time, I ...
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Seeking advice regarding masters programs in US

Background I have just completed my second year as an undergraduate in Computer science and Artificial Intelligence from India. I have developed a keen interest in mathematics and particularly ...
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Can I cancel a university offer acceptance in Canada? [duplicate]

I just received an offer from an Ontario university for a post-graduate program and it requires me to reply very soon. However, I also have a professor at another university who is very likely to give ...
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Do I have to disclose my minor academic misconduct warning in graduate school applications?

In my freshman year, I had an academic misconduct issue and received a zero for that assignment as well as a warning on the internal record (normally will not be shown to anyone else). I felt so ...
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Withdraw funded PhD position after accepting and enrollment but before actually starting

I know that there are already some similar questions, but mine is a little bit different, so let me ask it here: I applied to two PhD position in mathematics in southern Europe. I just got accepted ...
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Same motivation letter for the same project but in two different places? [closed]

Let us assume that I have applied for a post doc position in place X on a project Y in collaboration with university Z, and they asked for a personal statement. A week later, another post doc position ...
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How personalized does a CS postdoc research statement have to be?

I am looking for postdocs in computer science in the US. My spouse and children will not be able to move. So I have decided to look for positions at universities very close to my city. This puts me in ...
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Is it OK to ask a reference letter to someone not familiar with ones work?

I am working for a research organization where a senior member, holding a coordination role, John Doe, gives reference letters to people that he does not know well. It is a large organization and John ...
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How should I approach my academic dishonesty in graduate study application?

In my junior year I was caught cheating. I took in extra papers in an exam and tried to look up information on them (honestly, this was deliberate cheating). I have received the following sanctions: ...
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10 minutes to present math research proposal in PhD interview

I am currently applying for a PhD position in mathematics and during the corresponding interview, I am supposed to give a short 10 minutes talk about my research proposal. In my particular case, my ...
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Title Page for PhD Interview Presentation

Background information: I am currently applying for various PhD programs in Mathematics. For some of them, I have to give a short presentation regarding the research proposal, which I have submitted ...
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Friend looking to return to study without transferring any credits

A 28 year old friend wants to go back to school for an undergrad degree to become a social worker. She dropped out of school 10 years ago within the first year. She'd like to start fresh and not ...
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Change Ph.D. program

Suppose it is October 1st, I am a first-year math Ph.D. student at University X (medium rank university), and suppose I managed to get good reference letters in the summer/fall thanks to ongoing ...
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Job Titles at German Universities - Proper English Counterparts?

At universities in Germany, there are the following standardized job titles that I find difficult to express in English in a useful manner: Studentische Hilfskraft: a student who does not yet hold a ...
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How severe do issues with a US grad school application have to be in order to cause degree revocation? [duplicate]

I completed graduate school and found that I had made several mistakes in my application. Though none of them were fraudulent, my application was sloppy. I was intentionally vague and omitted some ...
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How can I ask the professor if I could still work with them on the proposal?

I received two Ph.D. offers this year. The offer from A came too late, which was later than the deadline for the decision of offer from B. Thus, I decided to take the offer from B. Although I have ...
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Is it a good idea to add a cover letter to a scholarship application when a cover letter is not specifically required?

My scholarship application was denied yesterday. Fortunately, I can still request the scholarship committee to reconsider my application, provided that I have new credentials to present in my ...
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Applying for twice the same supervisors via different calls

I am in the following situation: I have officially applied to some PhD position of some research institution (its for math and no research proposal was needed; so I didn't apply for any specific and ...
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PhD application targeting only one professor

I hold a master degree. Currently, I'm preparing PhD applications for several universities in the USA and Canada. I already know quite well my research interests. At some universities, there is only ...
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How to write Master's thesis summary for PhD application

I am currently applying for several PhD programs (in mathematics) and for many of them, it is required to write a short (approx. 2 pages; no more than 10.000 characters) summary of my Master's thesis. ...
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I'm the 1st author of a paper in a top conference in my field, and even then my PhD application got rejected from 5 out of 6 programs, is this normal?

It got me so disappointed because I thought the publication experience was the most crucial part of the application, and, as far as I could tell, not that many students in the universities I applied ...
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Asking another Professor for available PhD-position within the same research group

I am currently looking for a PhD-position and I am in touch with a professor already for some weeks. We had two zoom meetings and discussed about possible topics. The official call for the application ...
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What are the chances of getting admitted in top school for Applied Math PhD? [duplicate]

I am currently doing in master program in Math Education. I am planning to apply to PhD program for the fall 2023. I hold a bachelor of education in physical and mathematical sciences with GPA of 3.71/...

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