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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What is the difference between a cover letter and statement of purpose? [duplicate]

I am applying for a postdoc position and the application requires two documents - a cover letter and statement of purpose (statement of objective). I am assuming that a detailed research plan would go ...
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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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Cv and cover letter for PhD admission

I am wondering about the cv format for PhD application. In professional setting, for example, in the research experience part, I write a lot about what I did in my research rather than doing so in the ...
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Should a research proposal contain a discussion of my past experience and achievements?

I'm used to "research proposals" being purely focused on future plans and specific research aims, and not a place to talk about myself. However, now I'm making an application for a ...
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Should I mention planned publications in an application?

I am applying for a Ph.D. position but am still finishing my master's thesis. My supervisor and I plan to publish my results. However, it probably will still take some months to be a publishable paper....
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Using a viral CV/ cover letter LaTeX template for undergraduate research internships

I am planning to apply for a few undergraduate research internships and I recently learned LaTeX, so I am thinking of transferring my resume from Word to LaTeX. I came across LaTeX templates for a &...
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Is "lab" too informal a word for a formal cover letter?

When applying for a postdoc position, it makes sense to write something like this in the cover letter: Dear Professor NAME. I am writing to apply for POSITION in your lab What I'm stuck on, is that ...
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Should I explain about low undergraduate grades in my graduation application if I subsequently have had research and professional experience?

I am currently applying for a Master Degree in Mathematical Physics. In my bachelor degree in Mathematics, my grades were low. Since then, I have worked with a professor on a research paper as a first ...
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Confusion - “CV including a summary of teaching experience”

I am going to apply for a visiting lecturer position at a US university. The job posting is mentioning that applicants should send (email) CV including a summary of teaching experience, and a teaching ...
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Cover letter clarification for a lecturer position

I want to apply for a lecturer job and in the section of the cover letter it says this: Please attach your covering letter describing how you meet the criteria on the Person Specification. You should ...
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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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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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What is the letter of experience for faculty position?

I am going to apply for a faculty position. One the required documents is titled" Letter of Experience". Do you know what is this letter. Is there any special format for that? Need to say, they have ...
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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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Difference between "letter of motivation" and "research statement"

I am applying to a PhD position (theoretical physics, Austria) and the application asks for a letter of motivation, a CV, and a statement of research interests. Given that I have no publications/...
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Cover letter vs CV vs research statement at academicjobsonline

I'm applying for postdoc positions via academicjobsonline and a typical call requires (1) Cover letter (2) CV (3) Research statement. Previously I was applying to an aggregate of European universities ...
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Addressing the recepient on the cover letter for a PhD application

I am applying for a PhD position, and I am required to attach a cover letter with the application. In the advertisement for the position, the main contact person is the "Head of the PhD program", so ...
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Job application: What are "scientific highlights"?

A job opening for a tenure track position specifies that the application must include "scientific highlights". Now I am puzzled by this. I've applied before for tenure-track positions, and I've never ...
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Applying to Teaching Position in the Same Department as My Advisor... Should I Mention Her?

I'm applying for tenure-track teaching positions right now and have, more or less, a single cover letter that I modify for each one of my applications. It so happens that the department my advisor ...
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Is it okay to write a cover letter with one more page

I have written a cover letter for faculty positions. I read that it need to be one page. However, mine is one page and half since i have many experience including industry and research. Is that okay?
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Write about coursework/background or research first in letter of intent? (and misc. question)

I am graduating next spring with a Math and Statistics BSc, and am currently applying to graduate math and statistics programs. There is program in particular that has caught my attention. It's ...
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How to effectively ask a professor for supervision/collaboration (PhD Program) [duplicate]

Probably the first step towards applying for a PhD program is to find a professor who has enough interest/resource(s)/willing for the supervision. I know some of the rules (including attaching CV and ...
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