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For questions about cover letter attached to applications or curricula vitae for an academic position. This is not for cover letters for submissions to journals.

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Cover letter for a postdoc position [closed]

I want to write to a professor for a postdoc position (advertised). I have read her recent paper that I wish to discuss in my cover letter. Is it ok to write her about additional experiments that ...
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Is it worth resubmitting updated application materials a second time over poor sentence flow?

I am a fourth year doctoral candidate in Experimental Psychology who should be graduating this summer with my Ph.D. I recently resubmitted application materials for a visiting position one month after ...
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Who should I address in the cover letter?

I am applying for a postdoc position. A professor advertises the position, and applications are made directly to the professor. His name, email address, etc., is on the "where to send" part. ...
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"Major Sub-projects" and "Publication Strategy" on Job Application

I am applying for a faculty position. The position is not intended for one particular project but rather part of a research group in political science. In addition to overall ambitions for this ...
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Cover letter and research interest

In postdoctoral application cover letter, is it okay to write, "My research interests are perfectly aligned with Professor X," even though the same professor did not reply when I mailed, ...
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What if letters of reference is not strong enough for PhD schools, in spite of having achieved top-graded master thesis?

I am having a problem that is beyond my control and I do not know how to address: having enough strong letters of reference to support my PhD candidature. Situation I have pursued a MSc later in my ...
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Would it be ok to mention in the post-doctoral application that my co-author is also applying for one of the two positions?

I have been applying for some post-doctoral position in mathematics. Recently, I have came across two post-doctoral positions in the same department and in same research projects. On similar areas, I ...
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Can I write "paper accepted without revisions" on a CV?

I am a recent Ph.D. graduate applying to postdoc positions, and I am a bit uneasy about the small number of publications I have worked on. However, the main paper I worked on during my Ph.D. was ...
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Is it okay to ask for Application fee waivers for course based Masters programs?

Is it okay to ask for Application fee waivers for masters programs? If yes, how should one approach? I will applying as an international student.
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Should I make room in the my cover letter for a service paragraph or can the CV take care of the service element?

I'm applying for a tenure-track job in a small humanities field at a good, well-respected university. As you might expect, the ad says that candidates should "demonstrate a strong commitment to ...
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How do I demonstrate that I've read relevant research in a motivation letter

I am an undergraduate applying for a research internship at another university. The application guidelines for the position specify that the motivation letter must show that the applicant has read a ...
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Writing a Cover Letter to One's Department Chair

I am applying for a tenure-track position at my current academic institution. Presently, I am a Visiting Assistant Professor, but I have enjoyed my time at the university so much that I have decided ...
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Sending the same motivation letter to the same university

During summer 2023 I applied for a PhD position in mathematics at a European university. I got invited for an interview but did not quite make it to being offered a position due to a number of factors....
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When asked about my topic of interest, I don't have a story to tell. How do I make my answer sound interesting and convincing for the position?

I am currently doing master's in mathematics and am applying for summer research projects in various institutes where they ask a particular question: What is your topic of interest and why? I asked a ...
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Is it a good idea to include specific funding calls that I have identified for research topics in my research statement/cover letter?

I am applying for a position of an Assistant Professor in computer science at a university in the Netherlands. In my research statement, I have described a number of research directions and in ...
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Personal statements in my motivation letter?

I am applying for the CERN summer program. On their YT channel they empathise to write a lot about us as persons, so passions, hobby’s, etc. In your opinion should I write some personal statements in ...
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What motivates requiring a diversity statement from minority applicants?

Applying for many academic positions in North America often requires a diversity statement. As someone who is a disabled, racial, sexual and religious minority, immigrant, and someone who grew up poor,...
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I have completed 2 yrs of my PhD and I want to leave my toxic lab and transfer to a new one. How should I approach potential new advisors?

In my current position, my committee believes that I am by all metrics a successful student. I'm even working on two papers. But I've had to endure sexual harassment and working conditions that ...
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Should I email professor to update the motivation letter included with my PhD application?

I have submitted my PhD application. I like it very much but I want to update my motivation letter with more details. Should I do it? I don't know if this kind of behaviour is too pushy or impolite. ...
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motivation letter for phd application when my master major is not a perfect match, e.g I don't have domain knowledge

There is a PhD project I am interested in. This project is about computer vision in the biological area. The master degree they are looking for is 'Photonics, (bio)physics or similar'. The machine ...
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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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Wrote the wrong university in cover letter for Phd Application

I wrote the wrong university in my cover letter for applying for a Phd position, Should I send the corrected one to the Phd Program Coordinator or leave it as it is? Will this make them to throw off ...
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What does a letter of intent for a conference application look like?

This is for a conference application https://www.hcm.uni-bonn.de/index.php?id=5007 I'm not sure what a letter of intent is supposed to look like.
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Affiliation of an independent researcher while writing research plan, CV, cover letter , etc

I face this problem at every stage of my life after graduation. I have searched for many sample research plans, CVs, and cover letters, but none of them were for someone who has finished their ...
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Motivation letter / Letter of Application for 1 year Research Master's in France

I have done my master's from an institute in Asia in 2021 and I planned to write for PhD in Pure Math in 2022 in France. One prof suggested me to also apply to 1 year Research Masters(M2) in France ...
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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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What should I do if I discover the job posted at the institution for which I had submitted my CV but they didn't contact me?

A year ago I submitted my CV to an institution of higher learning and they indicated that they would contact me if any openings for instructors became available. At that time all positions in my ...
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Must I hire a proofreader to edit my cover letter and research statement if I'm not a native English speaker?

I am going to apply for a postdoc position in the US. Application requirements include a cover letter and research statement. I am not a native English speaker and in my department, unfortunately, ...
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Should I also send a cover letter along with my CV while applying to PhD programs in math

I will apply to a PhD program in math at French universities for session 2022. I will write e-mails to the professors I want to work with, asking if there are open PhD positions in their group. I ...
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Referencing previous experience in unrelated field in cover letter

I am planning on applying for PhD positions in Europe (both open calls and cold emails). I have two publications from the lab where I did my BSc. Of course, they are listed in my CV but I am wondering ...
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Is it okay to mention my country's situation in PhD applications?

I am applying for some PhD programs, and I don't know if I should mention my country's situation in those letters, like the difficulty in being a female scientist without having a friend at court or ...
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What do professors want to see in a letter of motivation for a PhD student position in France?

I am applying to a PhD program in France and they asked for a letter of motivation. Is it okay if I repeat some of the information that is already in my resume in my letter? Do you have any tips or ...
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Should number of years of adjunct teaching experience be mentioned in a cover letter for a tenure-track position?

Job candidate has seven years of adjunct teaching experience, no full-time experience. Proposed statement in a cover letter for a tenure-track position requiring teaching experience: "I have ...
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Applying for international graduate school without any prior collaboration with researchers at the new location

I'm finishing my Master's degree in my home country in March of 2022. I've just finished my first year of Master. I have no publications or results yet, but my work is going according to plans and is ...
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Should I talk about my single "failed" course in SOP (failed due to a disturbing reason)?

Background I failed a course in one of the last few semesters of my undergrad. I had poor grades in most courses in that particular semester. In the summer just prior to that semester, I had a ...
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What is the meaning of "person specification" in a job advert?

I am going to submit my application to a postdoc in math. In support of my application, I have been asked about what I can do, and they have mentioned that You should pay particular attention to the ...
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How to express about getting informed about a specific position

I am going to prepare a cover letter for postdoc position. I was informed about this position by my Phd advisor. I am looking for a proper statement about how I was informed about such that position, ...
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How to keep confidential my PhD position search, if I have already started a PhD in a lab, but want to change

I am currently hired as a PhD student in the lab for 8 months and I would like to look for another PhD position. The main reason is that my interests don't fit the research focus of my current lab. ...
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Who should I address and what format should I keep for letters in a PhD application?

I am trying to apply to some PhD programs and I have some questions regarding the required letters. First, I looked for many differences between a cover letter and a motivation letter as such a cover ...
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Job Application - Non-Tenure Track and Tenure Track in One Ad

I am working on an application for a job ad that lists available tenure-track and non-tenure track jobs in the same ad. I would want (and am qualified for) either position, but there are, of course, ...
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I am willing to apply for advertised PhD position in Sweden. Whom should I address my cover letter?

I am willing to apply for advertised PHD position in Sweden. In the instructions to apply they have mentioned about the required documents which include CV, cover letter, transcripts. I have two ...
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PhD application cover letter closing formula(e)

A friend has asked me to proofread their cover letter and CV for applying to a PhD position. I've done such proofreading when it was about more-or-less unskilled labour, or for friends who'd done a ...
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Asking about how to apply to 2 open positions in same department in same group

I am applying to some phd positions in Australian university in Mathematics in Pure maths Dept in same working group ( Number Theory) and 2 professors work in the Field I want to work in and the ...
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How to find new advisor after being let go

I'm a PhD student in US. I've been tipped by my advisor that I would be let go if I do not get results by a deadline. I am working on my options: Switch advisors: I have seen people switching ...
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What's the formal name of 'search committee' in a cover letter for postdoc application?

When writing a cover letter for my postdoc application, I have a question about how to write the recipent's name at the beginning of the letter. It's not a specfic person, but a committee. But I don't ...
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Tone to use in describing your "research project"

This is an extension question for this What exactly is "briefly explain your master research project" in a PhD application? (CS field) Suppose I am writing a brief description for my ...
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Whether to indicate "job sharing" option in application

I am applying for a job that in the call mentions that the university supports "job sharing and advancement of dual-career couples". My partner and I are applying both to that position (we ...
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Should I explain my grades in my cover letter?

I'm a sophomore undergrad and I'm thinking of applying to research interns in various labs for the following summer. I do not have an excellent GPA because my freshman year had been a mess due to ...
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Postdoc application: Should I mention who I'd like to work with?

Some postdoc applications specifically mention who the principal investigator. However, other positions don't have a PI; the postdoc is being hired to join the research group in general and, while ...
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I'm applying for a faculty position; should I mention that my research interests align with those of the department's faculty (stating their names)?

I am applying for a faculty position. I am very familiar with the works of two professors in that department and we share similar research interests; Also, I have them cited in my articles. As I'm ...
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