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Took GRE two times, same scores with minor differences - worth sending both?

I took the GRE for the 2nd time recently and unfortunately, after 4 months of studying (again for the 2nd summer in a row), got the exact same score overall as my score last summer. Last summer, I ...
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What could be the reasons to be rejected as a Doctoral Candidate in Germany?

Referencing my question here and the multiple suggestions to ask here as well. What could be the reasons for (so far) only getting rejections on my applications as Doctoral Candidate? Are there ...
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How to adress failed PhD project from last year to gain admission at same University for Master's Degree?

I have the following issue with my application for a Master's Degree. Last year, due to my families financial circumstances I dropped out of an PhD project. Now I want to join the Univerisity under ...
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How do I handle academic references for US PhD program, when I have been out of academia for a (very) long time?

I live in the US and have been working as an engineer in industry for over 10 years. I graduated from a top UK University, with outstanding grades in a Masters degree and several university-level ...
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How to judge a Ph.D. applicant that arrives “out of thin air”

I just received an email from a student from a distant country, asking me to accept him as a Ph.D. student. I do not know this person, his advisors, his references or even the university he studied in....
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Applying for different PhD position: letters of recommendation

I'm a PhD student in my second year and strongly considering applying for a PhD position at a different university (see my previous question). However, I'm not sure I want to bring this up with my ...
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Lack of mathematical work during PhD and coping up with the requirements of postdoc positions

I am a recently graduated 31 years old PhD in a STEM field. I have been applying for postdoc positions for the past few months, and have received rejections from almost all of them, with few yet to ...
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Re-apply the PhD program that I previously got offer and turned down

My situation is as follows: I applied to PhD program A and B, and got offers from both. However, the offer of A came too late which was after the deadline of decision for B. So I took offer B, and ...
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MOOC's for failed modules in PhD applicaiton

I'm applying for PhD's (from the UK) with a low 2:2 BSc and a Distinction MSc, and performed very poorly in a few certain modules of my undergrad degree (including failing two 3rd year modules) which ...
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Does your previous university’s reputation matter when applying for a PhD? [duplicate]

I have been applying to PhD programs for the past 2+ years and keep getting rejected. I have pretty good degrees that I worked hard for from good universities (not the top unis). For the past year I’...
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Should I include accepted position information in the motivation letter for a grad school application?

I have recently accepted a PhD position offer in Germany for an advertised project. My prospective supervisor asked me to apply for the structured graduate school of the institute as well because it ...
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What type of education should I select in this form?

I am filling an application form for a PhD position and came upon this field: It seems like a stupid question, but I am not familiar with this type of categorization. For a Master's degree, which one ...
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How should I proceed if I am late in applying for postdoc positions?

I am submitting my Aerospace engineering PhD thesis in August. However, my colleagues have pointed out that I am very late with postdoc applications for this year. I should started searching much ...
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How long do I have to wait for my offer letter? [closed]

It's been nearly two months (next week it'll be 2 months) since I got an email from the Doctoral School at a UK university telling me that I got the place and funding. After 4 weeks of waiting, I ...
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I took minor degree courses for which I have no official record - do I mention them in my phd application?

Note: this is all in Europe. I am in the process of applying for a phd position. I think I have a decent chance (albeit still small of course) of getting the position, since it matches my profile and ...
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Can I re-apply for a Ph.D. to the institute I previously rejected? [closed]

Situation: I had a firm interest in field A and applied to relevant schools. I was admitted to Univ. X and Y's program starting from this fall semester. X is more renowned program than Y in my ...
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Is there any advantage to request a in-person interview over a Skype one?

I have recently applied to a PhD position and have been invited for a Skype interview. I am thinking about proposing to have the interview in person instead. The website states that "interviews will ...
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Average rejection response time after a PhD interview [closed]

More than one week ago I had a PhD interview with a British university which probably has so many applicants on a rolling basis but I have not yet received the final result of my application. I wonder ...
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Difference in CS application between MS and PhD

I am an undergrad student in CS and I am planning to go to grad school after graduation. My ultimate goal is to pursue PhD since I have done research and I am interested in. However, my research ...
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PhD interview - how to explain why I left a previous PhD?

I previously quit a STEM PhD program after 1 year. The reasons were complex but included burnout, mental health, pressure from the industrial sponsor, lack of support and loss of interest in the ...
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How can I tell if I am short-listed for Phd position? [duplicate]

I applied for a phd position whose application deadline was 24th March. The project head consistently provided feedback on my project proposal and even invited me to his office to discuss my proposal. ...
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“Working Plan” in PhD application

I am currently writing my "research proposal" for my PhD in Statistics application, basically I am asked to provide: Project description (activities, methodologies, expected results). State of the ...
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What should I include in my first email to a potential PhD advisor?

I am applying for Ph.D program, and I need to find an advisor to accept me in his group. I want to send to him a perfect email and get his attention to me. I would like some opinion on this matter. ...
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“References” in research proposal for PhD application

I am currently writing my "research proposal" for my PhD in Statistics application. I'm using quotes because technically this is not (or could not be) the actual research that I will perform during my ...
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Trouble handling simultaneous PhD application in two different teams of the same institute

So, there are team A and team B of the same institute and I have been interested in both since I started looking for a PhD, especially in team B. I have been writing an application for team B but had ...
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How to politely respond to generic emails requesting a PhD/job in my lab? Without wasting too much time

As I transition to faculty, I have increasingly gotten requests from people who want to do PhD's with me or want postdocs in my lab. Often these emails are extremely generic and don't suggest they ...
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Accepted by European university, rejected by all American ones I applied to? Possible reasons?

I've been wondering this for a while. I'm currently doing the first year of my PhD in Frankfurt. Originally from New Zealand. I'm not complaining about my situation but if anyone asks me I'll ...
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Applying to a school with a new PhD program

I am interested in studying biostatistics, and was looking at several schools to apply to. I live in the DC area and would ideally like to stay in this area. Georgetown and the University of Maryland ...
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I'm required to apply to multiple projects but I'm interested in only one

I'm interested in applying to a Ph.D. position and the guidelines indicate that a given number of different projects (of a range of open positions) should be indicated. I'm interested in one in ...
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How can I most respectfully leave my current PhD position for a new one?

My professor is a bully and the university will not challenge his behaviour despite numerous complaints from both staff and students. I am 9 months into the first year of my PhD. I love my work and ...
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Ask professor for recommendation after long period without contacting them

So I'm currently in my final year of an undergraduate, intergrated Master's program at a British university and I'll be applying for PhD programs in the Fall. Over the summer of June 2017 - August ...
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Is it important to do a PhD at a different institution than undergrad? [duplicate]

I'm currently studying at a good school and I was admitted to do a PhD here. I got into some other good schools for my PhD, but for various reasons (e.g. less of a good research fit, weather, etc.) I ...
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Should I acept my second choice? [closed]

I applied to a PhD program, and after all the interviews I got a firm offer for a fellowship let's call it PhD A, that I have to give an answer to before a deadline (next week), since they have Now ...
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Postdoc position not specifying about required recommendation letters

As I'm approaching to the end of my PhD, I recently applied for a postdoc position. Before applying, I contacted the scientist offering the position, sending my resume and some publications which are ...
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Am I being overambitious with PhD applications

I recently applied to a fairly prestigious PhD programme in the UK and a very short time after receiving a confirmation email I was rejected. The requirements were listed as a 2.1 in an undergraduate ...
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Is it bad to apply to multiple master/PhD programs in different universities?

I have heard that it is impolite and improper to apply to a masters/PhD program and ask more than one professor at that university to be your supervisor. In other words, when you apply to a single ...
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I have letters of recommendation dated 2016 can I still use them now? [duplicate]

I am currently applying for PhD programs. I have 3 letters from my former professors. All are dated 2016. Does that look bad in an application? And if I am to use them now, should I send emails to my ...
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Should I provide feedback to a PhD application I have received?

I usually reply to e-mails from students asking for PhD positions to let them know if I am interested or if they are competitive / up to standards for continuing with an application but this tends to ...
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What is expected from a post-doc application? [closed]

More clearly; Is it possible to apply with a proposal like "I want to make international publications based on my PhD Thesis during my post-doc" or Does someone have to formulate an entirely new ...
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Are there application fees for PhD positions in Europe? [closed]

I'm new to the applying process and I'd like to ask a simple question. Does a PhD position in European universities require an application fee?
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Writing sample for Economics PhD: empirical or literature review

I am applying for an Economics PhD and I need to submit a writing sample of 2,000 words. I am planning to take an extract from an article I published, but I am unsure about whether I should take the ...
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apply for a Master's, already holding a PhD in a similar field [duplicate]

If one has a PhD in a similar field and goes apply for a Master's, will that hurt his/her chance of getting accepted? In the Statement of objectives, one can argue for some slight nuances between the ...
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To do another Master's, already holding a PhD

If a STEM PhD holder applies for a Master's in another STEM major, would this be an advantage or disadvantage in the eye of the admission committee?
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PhD application with mediocre grades, 2 SCI co-authored pubs., LORs from very well knows profs. in the area? [duplicate]

I am going to start my master thesis now. During my master I performed not well, my GPA is about 2.9/4 which is really bad for me. I am not excusing but my mother had cancer and she died in september, ...
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When to follow up with a potential supervisor after sending referral contact details

I have recently contacted a professor for an advertised phd position and we had a meeting to discuss the details. After this meeting, which went reasonably well, he asked me to send two referral ...
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How could I reply an email from a potential professor?

I'm applying to a PhD program. I contacted one professor and told him that I would like to join in his research team. He replied to me as below. Was this a positive response? How could I reply to this ...
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What's wrong with my e-mail to potential PhD supervisors?

I recently sent some e-mails to potential supervisors asking information for a PhD with them, I obtained no answers. I share my doubts and then copy the standard mail I sent. I sent it to 5 ...
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Professor wrote to me saying he supports my fellowship application to the committee

A professor I want to work with (at the university I applied to) informed that he is awaiting some funding news (for a project I had expressed interest in working with him on) and he also stated that ...
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Adding summary to a PhD application statement of purpose

I am applying to PhD in computer science. In the statement of purpose, is it good to include a summary section and list important contributions as bullet points? (e.g., I have 10 publications, I have ...
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I have to enter term type of universities I attended, but my country doesn't follow credit hour system

I'm applying to Ph.D. programs, and the online application asks me to enter the college's term system. They write that "Term system refers to the type of hours your credits are worth, not the length ...