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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 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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Getting a Lecturer Position in the UK

I am an electrical engineer working in the industry for some time. I have completed my PhD from Oxbridge comparatively recently. During my PhD, I have published two IEEE journal papers. Although, I ...
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PhD-Application: After how many weeks (approximately) is it fine to ask the committee if I didn't receive any decision?

I have applied for a PhD position at a university in UK at the end of January (in time before the deadline, which was also at the end of January). Shortly after, I was invited to an interview, which (...
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Today is April 26th, and I still haven't received any response concerning my application to 2 Ph.D. programs. Is this normal?

I also tried contacting both schools, but they fail to give me a clear answer concerning the status of my application. Also tried looking on the application page on the site of both universities, but ...
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Is it a good idea to ask for details regarding an interview for a faculty position?

I applied for some faculty position in September 2021, and four days ago, I received an email mentioning that We have now started with the recruitment process and are pleased to inform you that your ...
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Should I follow up with a potential supervisor?

I was talking to a potential supervisor on mail for quite some time, asking them different questions related to the PhD project. They didn't reply for quite sometime to the first email but after that ...
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How to use a transcript with wrong course names in my application

The transcript for my last year of master's contains severe errors in course names. I will need it fixed if I want to apply to PhD programs, otherwise my chances would diminish. The master program's ...
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Can I find a fully-funded PhD position in europe at 39 or more? [closed]

I'm 37 now and hold a master degree. I got my degree 3 years ago. For some personal reasons I plan on applying for a phd position next year or later.( I cannot do that now.) I love my field and doing ...
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Concerning PhD application, I have been asked for an pre-interview call. What and how should I prepare?

I have submitted an application for a PhD position recently. It required a few papers being published and two reference letters that can be sent directly to them, along with of course research ...
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How to fairly assess applications coming from different countries for a master programme in the US/Europe

I am receiving a significant number of applications for a master programme in computer science from Islamic countries. When looking at their BSc curriculum and marks it turns out that a significant ...
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How does one appropriately navigate the situation of having a lot of prior knowledge before applying to university + courses not on main interests?

I am new here (but have been around MSE for some time). Generally on the mathematics stack exchange it's considered inappropriate to ask for personal advice but I see many such posts on this stack, so ...
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TT job ad re-posted after I had a fly out - implications? [closed]

I had a second interview for one US college 3 weeks ago and for another 2 weeks ago. The interviewers said they would be getting back to me in 2-4 weeks, depending on how things went internally. I ...
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Is it normal to keep contact with profs after a phd rejection?

I applied for a PhD position and got rejected. But the profs suggested I stay in touch (in the sense of regular meetings)—apparently I was not a terrible applicant.  Are such offers normal?  Are ...
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Irish Degree Terminology

I'm from the US looking at an academic job in Ireland, and I'm not sure what the form below is asking for. It has a field for "qualification" and also for "result/class of award". ...
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How much would being at a top university at my country help in hypothetically getting into a good US/Europe uni?

The question is pretty vague, of course. But what I'm trying to get is if that has some influence at all. To put it into perspective: I'm a Physics undergrad student at University of Campinas, which ...
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Should I offer my unpublished independent research when applying for PhD position?

I've finished masters and I've worked on my independent research for few years but never published anything nor I haven't posted any of my research work in public. The reason I did not publish is that ...
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Applying for a maître de conférence position in applied math (section 26) - is there an in person audition?

I am curious about the French academic system, specifically when one is applying for a maître de conférence position in section 26 (applied mathematics). My main question is: after gaining ...
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PhD Application Status after interview

I appreciate the prompt reply. I sent out my phd application in epidemiology to NYU , but got short listed to interview the department of social and behavioral sciences at NYU, because they sensed my ...
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Is there such a thing as a "postdoc" for master's degree graduates?

I have recently graduated with an MSc in nuclear physics, and am having a hard time finding appropriate entry-level openings for a job. I have looked at multiple openings at several national ...
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If you did not get an informal notice of admission when other applicants did, can you assume that your application was probably denied?

I am an international applicant to a graduate program in Canada. I found out last week that at least one domestic applicant already received an informal email from the admissions team informing them ...
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Most important factors when selecting grad program? [closed]

When selecting grad programs, is PI fit the most important factor? I'm a prospective PhD student in the biological sciences and I need to choose between two programs. I'm struggling to prioritize the ...
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Followed up on a reference, but no answer. Should I directly get in contact with professor? Also, continue searching for supervisors and applying?

I have a couple dilemmas. One, I'm submitting an application for an M.Sc. program and required two references. I had good experiences in both labs I worked with, so both professors were willing to ...
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Would it be a good idea to show my research statement to multiple people?

I showed my research statement for applying to postdocs to my advisor, but that's it. Also the recommendation letter writers looked at it (they requested it, anyway) but have provided no feedback/...
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If you did not get called for an interview, is it safe to assume that your Ph.D. application was not shortlisted? (Please see additional details.)

Last year, I submitted an application to a PhD program at a Canadian university. The university's website says that shortlisted applicants must expect to be interviewed in February 2022. If I don't ...
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Phd in Statistics (query on topic selection)

I will be applying for phd in Statistics for admission in fall 2023 in the US. Currently I work in R&D of a top multi national company. Here my work is to support statistical analysis of clinical ...
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UK PhD application, are there hard requirements on the structure and format of research proposal?

I am applying to a UK PhD Computer science/bioinformtics program that requires submitting a research proposal. When I check the requirements for research proposals from different universities. The ...
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Applying to post-doc programs after a less-than-ideal PhD program, how honest do I be about my experience?

I am a graduate student in a theoretical STEM field, studying under a professor who is relatively well-known and respected in my field. My experience working under them has been...not the best. It's ...
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Faux pas to send personal email along with letter of reference?

I'm a new professor and am writing my first letters of recommendation. I have an undergrad student that is truly quite good applying to a summer research program at an institution where I have people ...
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PhD: Letters of recommendation from foreign professors

My partner was born outside the U.S. and received their degree from a foreign university. My partner is now living and working in the United States. They have begun to apply to various Ph.D. programs, ...
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How big of a deal for seeking a PhD is it, if one is not allowed to disclose details of his master thesis?

My masters program is in physics. I already have quite some research experience, but almost exclusively in the R&D department of two well known companies. Therefore neither my bachelor thesis nor ...
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Interview question regarding current study program

I have completed my M.Sc. in mathematics in 2020. I want to do a Ph.D. in maths. After my graduation I worked as a trainee teacher at a science college. The salary was not good enough so my parents ...
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Sharing my graduate school application

I am a graduate student at a well ranked US institution A, and my undergraduate was from a very low ranked and small institution B in another country. Sometimes students from institution B (encouraged ...
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Do I have to disclose academic dishonesty on a grad application?

When I was a freshman I got caught cheating on a homework (really just looked at a similar question online trying to figure out how and filled in the wrong number) and got a 0 on the assignment. I'm ...
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UK PhD application, is having the professor helping with the research proposal a must?

all I am writing regarding research proposal requirements in the UK PhD applications. I am checking biology+CS CDT programs, where the professors list possible research topics with a one-page ...
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Too many academic references for grad school applications

I am applying for graduate school and asked three of my professors to write me reference letters to all 3 schools I'm applying to. Turns out, one of the programs is a professional program and only ...
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I applied to a post-doc position 8 weeks ago. Should I ask about the status?

I have applied for a post-doc position. It has been 8 weeks since the application deadline has been met. Is this normal / how long does it usually take? Should I ask for an update?
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Potential PhD applicant contacts me, mentions someone I know, can I contact such colleague?

A potential PhD applicant has contacted me for an informal chat about a PhD project I am offering. The candidate mentions he wrote an MSc dissertation under the supervision of Prof. X. I happen to ...
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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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