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Questions tagged [application-cover-letter]

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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How casual is too casual for a PhD application personal statement?

I’m currently writing a personal statement for a PhD application I am putting together and I have the sentence, “Not to be overly dramatic, but when I saw the advertisement for this project I breathed ...
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Should I prepare a research statement or cover letter for postdoc ads. with general descriptions?

I noticed 1-2 advertisements for postdoc positions in which they provided the general description of what they want as publishing and improving the state-of-the-art in a more or less big subfield of Y....
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I have no personal projects, should I mention school projects in my cover letter?

In my current studies I have been tasked with so many projects that I cannot find the time to work on personal projects. Should I mention my school projects in my cover letter / resume ?
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Missing ECTS requirements, still trying to apply, should I mention it on my motivation letter?

A summary of my situation : I am currently applying to ETH Zurich in their Data Science and Computer Science programs I did my first year of undergrad as a Music Major, and my 2nd and 3rd year as a ...
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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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How to apply for a new PhD while being enrolled in one? What to provide as motivation letter, CV and references?

The background story I am a PhD student where I have been all by myself without much chance of being able to sit face to face with my advisor and get some help as my advisor does not have time for ...
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What to write in “outline of research program”

I am applying for a scholarship to support my final stages of PhD. One document required by the scholarship grant committee requires me to provide "Outline of the research program". What should I ...
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Typesetting statement of purpose for a masters application

What is a good format to use for the statement of purpose on a masters application? I read that margins should be 1 inch (2.54cm). This seems to leave quite a lot of space on the page though. Should ...
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Plan for generating external funding

I am preparing an application for a full-time lecturer position. They asked me for a teaching statement (done), a research statement (done) and a plan for generating funding for the next three years (...
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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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Cover letter v/s statement of research interests

I saw a postdoctoral position advertisement in engineering field, which has asked applicants to submit a cover letter and a statement of research interest. If these two are not explicitly asked, then ...
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Should I list my degrees chronologically, or in order of relevance in my CV?

Say that I have achieved a Masters degree in Physics, then a Masters degree in Mathematics. Then for a couple of years, I focused on different fields. I have had placements related to agriculture and ...
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Applying for MS, what role should a cover letter have?

I'm interested in applying for a MS in the natural sciences with professors some I have worked with in the past and other new ones. What role should a cover letter have as I reach out to these ...
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Research Proposal for PhD - Rude or Good

I have completed my bachelors and am now nearing the end of my Master's, and I am looking for PhD positions across the globe in the field of Computer Science. While applying/perusing possible ...
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Address on cover letter for PhD application

There are 3 PhD positions advertised on university's website and I am interested in two of them. University welcomes to give more than one choices for which candidate should be considered. For both ...
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Is it okay to give link of my recent paper in the cover letter for a postdoc application?

So I am applying for a postdoc position and I happen to be working on a problem that is quite closely related to PI's interests. I don't just mean that we share the same field/subfield (which we do ...
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What should be in a cover letter for a mini course/summer school application?

I'm a graduate student in STEM applying for some mini-courses and summer schools, most ask for a cover letter. I haven't done much research yet as a grad student yet, and the projects I am working on ...
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Is attendance to seminar worth mentioning in 500 words application?

In an application for an internship I am required to talk about the list of preferred projects. One of these project is a generalization of the work I've seen being presented in my department and ...
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Pursuing a new graduate degree after academic expulsion

I was in a master’s program. I completed one year completed, but got expelled due to my GPA dropping below what was needed. I was put on probation and was given one semester to pull up my average by ...
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Welcoming collaboration in a cover letter

Let's assume you are writing a cover letter for a tenure-track position in the US in computer science. In the cover letter, you would like to express your affinity to potential research areas and your ...
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How to address the recruiting committee in a cover letter in case the recepient is not an individual to the best of your knowledge?

Specializing the question Who to address on the cover letter?, let's assume that you apply for a tenure-track position in the US in computer science, that the job announcement has no particular ...
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Statement of research interest as an early Master's student

I need to write a statement of research interest for internships in applied mathematics and computational science that I am applying for this summer. Having just finished my first semester of ...
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Mentioning my published papers in the motivation letter for postdoc application

Is it ok if I mention one of my published papers in the motivation letter when applying for a postdoc position, in the following way: I published an article "authors, title, journal, volume, issue..."...
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Postdoc application asks for both cover letter and research statement, can they overlap?

Most postdocs I have applied for wanted a cover letter (including research interests) and a CV. I have now come across one that wants both a cover letter and a one page research statement. The cover ...
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Cover Letter for PhD Application

I have to write a cover letter for a PhD application (in theoretical physics). I didn't find any useful sample about this. Does anyone have any suggestion? Moreover, I have to write a research ...
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Photo requirement on CV?

I came across an advertisement of an academic position (in Europe) that states explicitly: Application package should include:  (1) a complete curriculum vitae (with a photo), (...) I have ...
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Applying twice for the same position

I applied for a tenure-track assistant professorship position in computer science (CS) in the US. The particular opening announcement was broad, non-specific to the subarea. In my application, I ...
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May I use my graduate school's letterhead right after graduating, when applying to jobs?

I just completed my MFA in Film this August, 2017. Now I am freelancing and not associated with an academic institution. May I still use my graduate university's letterhead when applying to faculty ...
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Letterhead in application letters for tenure-track in computer science in USA?

I'm a postdoc in computer science preparing an application for a tenure-track full-time faculty position in a US university. The opinions on whether to use a letterhead or not vary: Postdoc using ...
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For faculty positions: Cover letter vs. a letter of application

In the announcement of a tenure-track faculty opening in computer science in USA, I see a request for a letter of application explaining your interest in ⟨university⟩ and in this position Other ...
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Cover letter: List strangers as potential collaborators? And/or, can/should I be contacting them?

From The Professor Is In and from other sources, I've gotten the impression that it's very good practice to refer to possible collaborators both within and outside of your department or academic unit. ...
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Cover letter: “I” or “we”? I did almost all the research and most of the writing

In a cover letter to apply for an assistant professor job in the Western US, I want to refer to one of my publications in particular: Indeed, this theme is the topic of my 2016 paper in Journal ...
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How to tell a hiring committee that my family lives in the city

How can a job applicant tactfully tell a hiring committee that they particularly want to live in the location where the school is located? I am applying for a faculty job in the city where my wife's ...
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Tasteful way to indicate large funding in job application

I am a PhD student in one of the social sciences going on the market. A large organization funded part of my dissertation research, as part of a research partnership. I wrote a report for them with ...
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I have experience in one area but I don't have a good relation with my supervisor. How can I show this experience when applying for a PhD?

I have this particular situation, where I started one thesis during my master's about X topic (which I love). I was asked to wait around 4 months while the base code was ready to work, but when the ...
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How bad is it to put the wrong details in a cover letter?

When applying for academic jobs, it is common to apply to multiple positions and use essentially the same cover letter for all the applications. The danger is that you might forget to change some of ...
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How to write recipients address in electronic cover letter for PhD program

I am going to send my cover letter for a PhD program, but I don't know who should I address exactly (I have written Dear Professors). Now the problem is for postal address what should I write. I don't ...
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changing field of research [closed]

Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and I have been interested in a while in Quantum matter and related stuff. Recently, I started thinking seriously to change my research and apply ...
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Error in the motivation letter

I sent my application to the University of Zurich for my masters studies. However, I just realized that I made a really big mistake in the motivation letter. In the first line of the letter I wrote ...
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RA position: accidentally submitted incomplete documents

I am coming to the end of a PhD, and recently submitted an application for an RA position at another university. For the application I had to submit a CV and cover letter. Today I found out that my ...
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Invited to apply for different position at same school- write different letter?

I applied for a tenure track job, and was recently told that I would be better qualified for a different TT job in the same department and should apply for that position. The person who contacted me ...
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Motivational Letter for Work placement

I'm an italian student,attendig the university, and I have to apply for a Work placement during this year, in order to complete my path and graduate. I have already found a firm in London and I would ...
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Is it bad if one of my letters of recommendation talks about research when I am applying for a M.Eng. and not a M.S.?

Will the committee reviewing the application think: wow he didn't even tell his professor he is going for a non-thesis degree? I ask because I told one of my professors I was going for a masters and ...
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How long should a personal statement be for a UK New Route PhD programme?

I'm applying for a few New Route PhD programmes in the UK. The way they are different from traditional PhD's is that they are preceded with one year of Masters in Research which gives you a good ...
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Can I note unofficial classes I plan to take on my CV for graduate admissions?

I'm writing CV for a grad school; Fall semester in 2017. I will work as TA and take several fundamental courses from unofficial school which are related to the areas that I will study in the grad ...
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If you really don't have much project experience, how to list your project descriptions when applying for a Ph.D. position?

I am applying for one Ph.D. program of computer science(CS). I was required to handle the list of my project description which is up to three pages. However, I am only a fresh graduate student who has ...
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Should I mention in my PhD application that I'm quitting my job in a month to spend time learning about the subject?

I'm working as a software developer right now and am applying for PhD programmes in robotics and environmental conservation. I've put in my notice at work recently and should finish working there mid-...
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Is it ok to mention a research interest with professors outside of your department in a letter of intent?

I am planning on pursuing a ph.d. in mathematics, however, really my research interests often lie in the intersection of mathematics, logic, and theoretical computer science. Thus, in many of the ...
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Applying for a position: Certificates and Supplements

When applying for positions in academia (I think the question is valid for economy as well) I add several documents to my application: cover letter/motivational letter, CV, publication list, PhD ...
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Is it inappropriate to ask my supervisor (at a research intern) to review a cover letter for a PhD application?

I recently finished my masters degree and I'm currently interning at the same university doing a research project. I'm planning to submit applications for PhD programs at other institutions and I've ...