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How to explain in SOP for a second masters at a different field in a different university?

Specifically, after having masters in electrochemistry, can I apply for a masters in environmental chemistry?
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Length and details of a personal statement in postdoc positions?

I am trying to apply for postdoc position in the UK. During the application process, I found that the personal statement is a required file and cv is an additional document. So, the personal statement ...
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Choice between different PhD Positions

I would like to ask you about the correct behaviour when applying at different universities for different PhD positions. Currently, I won two PhD positions and a second shortlist for a third one. The ...
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Is an ungraded pass going to affect my PhD applications?

Currently my MA gpa is a 70/100 and I'm studying in the UK. I just received the grade of my latest assignment, that is a 68. That means that my gpa is now bellow 70. However, the university is giving ...
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Including unofficial teaching experiences in CV

I'm going to apply for a PhD Program and for writing my CV, I'm wondering either include my experience in teaching some courses in online learning platforms or not? Can such experiences be regarded as ...
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Choosing which project advisor to ask recommendations from

I did a research project, in which I was advised by two researchers. Most of the time, it was a PhD student who defended and transitioned to post-doc during the project. But my official advisor, with ...
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Would leaving my current PhD program ABD be a red flag when applying to other universities?

tl;dr: I am considering leaving my current PhD program ABD, after four years, several publications and a strained relationship with my bully advisor. How, when and do I explain why I'm leaving if I ...
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Is a 3.67 masters GPA in math from a top 10 university enough to mitigate the impact of a low 3.25 undergraduate GPA for math PhD applications? [duplicate]

Some additional data to get a better idea of the other variables: I did a double major in math and CS in 3 years for undergrad. I wrote a masters thesis with new results, I have 2 famous recommenders, ...
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Transparency about candidates selection for a post-doc position

I recently applied to some post-doc positions at well-ranked universities whose number of candidates is usually not so large (ca. 15, at most 50). Usually, the recruitment process consists of a formal ...
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Can a poor work history reduce your chances of acceptance into graduate school and/or later securing a tenure-track position? [closed]

In my last post (re: financial feasibility of grad. school), I mentioned having a poor work history (I'm 38 and haven't worked except for a few years of self-employment years ago), and some said that ...
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Should I contact potential recommendation letter writers if I only have vague plans about applying for a PhD?

I might, or might not, need letters of recommendation for a PhD application in the future. My plans are vague, I am just finishing my master's and planning to work for a while before deciding. There ...
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What's expected in a UK postgrad letter of recommendation

Note: This is specific to the UK. My experience of recruitment more generally is that it varies a lot internationally. I've been asked to write a letter of recommendation for an undergrad applying ...
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Do I Have a Shot at Graduate School? (Master's Program/Humanities Field) [duplicate]

While I graduated with a relatively high undergraduate GPA (3.93), I don't have any publications, research experience, or strong (maybe any) letters of recommendation. In context, even my GPA isn't ...
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Best PhD application strategy for infrequent PhD vacancies

I want to apply for a PhD position in Computer Science in a particular subarea (in Europe). Now I've been observing the PhD vacancies for quite a while. The number of PhD vacancies in the subarea (...
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PhD offer - Making decisions on right PhD [closed]

I hope everyone is well. I would like some advice about accepting PhD offers/waiting for the 'perfect' phd. I don't want to over-explain my situation, but I think the background is important, as I am ...
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A second bachelor degree or a master in US?

I graduated from a Canadian university 5 years ago in Electrical Engineering. My dream is to pursue a phD in Computer Science. However, the courses of my study is quite different from that in CS. I'm ...
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Masters application: No mentions of funding on professor's acceptance response for an Masters position

Hope everyone's doing great. This is with reference to asking for views/opinions on how to approach this situation based on your similar experiences in past during masters applications. Upon multiple ...
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Applying for a PhD - how and when to broach the fact that I have previously left a PhD program

I am applying for a funded PhD project for which I am quite well suited in terms of academic record and experience. A few years ago I began a PhD program which in hindsight was not a good fit and I ...
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In Politecnico di Milano, Does the university wait until the end of the deadline to review all the documents?

I am preparing for applying for a Ph.D. program at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy. I am working on the initial proposal. The 36th call starts on April 26, 2020, through May 29, 2020. I don't know ...
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How Competitive is applying as a graduate Special Student to a Ivy League university? [closed]

Some people say that it is easy to get into a Ivy League school by applying as a special student. Others say it is just as competitive or is looked down upon. If an individual has the resources to ...
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Putting off PhD for a (potentially) better experience

I'm a software engineer for a CS lab for a top-20 school. I have a masters in CS (no thesis) from a top-tier university, a few secondary authorships and fairly decent experience working on research ...
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Is it possible to apply for a Master's programme then leave current PhD?

I'm a 2-year PhD student at a research institute in Asia, and now I'm thinking about applying for a Master's programme abroad (possibly in Australia or Europe), so is it possible for me to submit my ...
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Missed April 15th deadline to accept grad school offer. What can I do?

I missed the April 15th deadline to accept my grad school offer and wanted to accept it. It is now April 16th and I got an email saying they have withdrawn my consideration, is there anything I can do,...
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How to formally address two individuals with different titles for PhD cover letter

I am in the process of writing a cover letter for a PhD application. The two supervisors of the project are part of my faculty (where I am doing a postgraduate degree), and I have previously been in ...
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In Preparation For The Job Market - On Day 1 of the PhD [closed]

There's a higher likelihood everyday that I am considering pursuing a PhD in my field, and ultimately, in applying for positions as a professor down the road. What I am trying to do is think ahead as ...
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Returning to academia after long break with new research topics

I am currently out of academia but I would like to return to university and start as a postdoc. It is more than 5 years ago when I finished my PhD in mathematics (algebraic geometry) at a very ...
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I sent an email asking for a letter of request almost a week ago and have not received a response, thoughts on how to proceed during COVID?

I asked my two of my current Med school faculty for a LOR almost a week ago and I have got no response yet from either. It is making me pretty nervous and I am not sure what I should do now. I wouldn'...
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Disclosure of academic dishonesty during background check for tenure track

I am a CS PhD student in my final year in North America and I will be applying for academia jobs starting Fall 2020. As far as I know, there will be some sort of background check during the hiring ...
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postdoc position does not require letter of recommendation only contact details of referees. Should I still provide the letters?

I'm applying for a postdoc position at ETH Zurich. For the application, the following requirements are listed: Letter of motivation CV and list of publications Electronic copies of university ...
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Any places opening up this year? [closed]

I'm hoping to start a PhD, I had been planning to do application this year and start next year but I've now been laid off with no real prospects of getting more work soon. Wondering with all the ...
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Is it appropriate to phone a researcher/academic? (Germany)

I am applying to do a master's thesis at a German research institute. The institute's website encourages applicants to contact the researchers directly (and does not give more information about the ...
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How to include volunteering work in CV (as a PhD)?

I defended my PhD in Dec 2017 and then stepped away from academia for a while and decided to pursue other stuff. I realized I wanted to change fields and started reading books and papers about it and ...
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Should I send a follow up email?

I had a PhD interview nearly 3 weeks ago and it went well. I spoke to the supervisor after the interview a few days after and he said I was the candidate they want but that was 2 weeks ago. My ...
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Should I contact the universites that have not given me a decision yet after I have taken a offer?

I am a student who just finished applying for a Ph.D. in Physics this year. I have not only received and but also accepted the offer from my dream school. However, there are three other universities ...
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Future PhD applications and COVID -19 [closed]

How do you think next year's PhD applications would be affected by the COVID-19? Will we be seeing less numbers or more? Will they be more competitive? Edit: mainly asking for applicants to the US ...
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PhD Application (in Australia): no confirmation email

I have applied (on February 17th 2020, GMT +1) for a PhD position (in Australia) starting the latest in July (so, no application deadline). It has now (March 7th 2020) been nearly three weeks ago ...
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Reapplying to Ph.D. Programs: Ways to improve?

This year, I applied to Ph.D. programs in history, hoping to continue my research. Unfortunately, I discovered that, despite a "strong application," I was not admitted to any of the programs to which ...
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Potential Supervisor Said She Will Contact References- No Response

So I met with a potential supervisor at an Open day and she seemed very excited at my research interest as it aligns with hers. She said she is recruiting students for Fall 2020 and she would want me ...
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Grad School application that's submitted early with a decent LOR vs Application that's submitted rather late but with a better LOR

I am a final year bachelor's student in physics and I am applying to masters programs in physics, in the UK. The places I am applying to have a rolling admissions process and I wanted to submit my ...
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Applying for a postdoc. Should I mention that I completed my PhD with no supervision?

I'm hopefully in the last half a year or so of my Ph.D. in a subfield of mathematics/theoretical physics and am considering applying for a postdoc within the next three months. My supervisor works (...
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Germany PhD application: “Work Certificate”

I am a master’s student (physics) in the US, and I am applying to this PhD position in Germany. This is what the application website says: Please apply online and provide a cover letter next to a ...
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Whom and how to include referees in the CV?

Many job offers state that they the applicant should include the full contact information for three referees in the CV. I was wondering about two things: 1) How to decide upon the inclusion of ...
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After the on-site interview

I visited the campus for an in-person interview 2 weeks ago. They supported my flight and hotel. I thought I was good at the interview and the director stated that she will be in touch after several ...
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Do/Should students have the right to see their how exams were grade? [closed]

My experience: I read 'Academia varies more than you think it does', but in school or university I've been to or heard of, students can always see how they were graded for any paper/exam/ test/...
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If, where and how to talk about personal problems during master in PhD application

I am applying to become a PhD student in some institutions. My master record isn't exactly perfect mainly because I didn't complete it in time: I should have completed it in two years but it took me ...
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How is an engineer's degree viewed among the admission committee for PhD applicants?

How is a 5-year engineer's degree viewed among the admission committee for PhD applicants? How much weight does the name of the degree have in the review process? Assuming a choice were to be made ...
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Chance of funding while applying for multiple PhD programs at the same school

I found the same question in here, however, my story is a little bit different: I contacted a faculty member in one of the US institution and he promised an admission. But, for the chance of funding, ...
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How does earning a Masters in Iceland differ from the US?

I'm a US citizen with an BA from a US university but I have been looking at the University of Iceland for a Master's in Environment and Natural Resources while scoping US schools as well. I know ...
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I dropped out of my masters degree a year ago and am being threatened by my college that they will blacklist me

I took a masters a couple of years ago and dropped out because my supervisors weren't helpful, were demotivating (told me they could do my research in two months and asked why I hadn't finished mine), ...
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Should I give up on pursuing a PhD in Europe if I performed poorly in my master?

I'm currently a master student in an Erasmus Mundus program. Unfortunately for me, I have been doing badly. My overall grade on the first 3 semesters is a C. So far only my master thesis remains but I ...

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