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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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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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How can I express my motivation to join a Masters program if I have no experience in the area? [closed]

I am planning to apply to a specific master program in Finance. I do not have any experience in Finance and have never worked in any project related to Finance. But I am very interested to study it ...
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Should I mention teaching experience in my cover letter?

I am applying for tenure-track positions in R1 (say, top 50) universities in Computer Science in the US. When writing the cover letter, should I mention teaching experience and competence? Or should ...
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Cover letter for mid-career application in mathematics

I am in my seventh year after my PhD, and am applying from a tenure-track position in Mathematics. I am working with a job coach, who is suggesting a 2.5 page cover letter for tenure-track ...
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should I include offer letter from a different institution in my application for a faculty position

I have a offer letter from a very well-known group in my field for a postdoc position. The proposed starting date would be early next year. However, I am currently also applying for a faculty (...
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An academic CV for PhD applicants

I'm looking at some academic CVs by PhDs and professors. The focus seems to be long list of talks, conferences, publications and teaching experiences. I have none of these things. Whhat I have now of ...
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Can we put some documents which are not listed as required documents for jobs

I am going to apply for non-tenure tack academic position and I have already prepared all documents. They did not list Cover Letter as a required document. I would like to know whether it is necessary ...
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Relevant experience but I did a mediocre job.. should I include it in the cover letter?

I am writing a cover letter to apply for a paid PhD position. I was thinking if I should include the experience of doing my master's dissertation. The methodology is very similar to that of the ...
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Should my math teacher talk about my grades in his letter of recommendation?

I did really well at school except for the final exams where I got terrible grades. Thoughout the years, my grades were above average but I got terrible grades in my finals(which count for 50% in my ...
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personal motivations in job applications

I am a US post doc applying for a position in Norway. The application asks me to include my motivation for applying for the position. Should I mention my personal willingness to move to Norway? I ...
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Motivation letter for tenure track position

A tenure track position I'm applying to (Netherlands) asks for a "motivation letter" in addition to the research statement. It doesn't give any details about what it should contain. Therefore my ...
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Researcher application in Norway

I have recently obtained a PhD in engineering from a US university and am applying for a researcher position at a university in Norway. They are requesting an academic letter that includes "a ...
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What if a call for application does not mention a letter of motivation?

I will apply for a fixed-term position (max. 6 years contract) at a German university and the part on the necessary documents and information that should be send to the university reads as following: ...
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Who is the receiver of a letter of motivation in a group? [closed]

I want to apply for an internship in Mila Group and work with of the professors. For internship, I should fill the internship form and prepare a letter of motivation. The founder of the group is Prof. ...
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Putting class ranking in CV, but against dept guidelines

I graduated last year from a master's course where I was fortunate enough to graduate top of my class. However I was told this in confidence by one of my referees to a PhD programme, and they informed ...
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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 ...