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How can student grades from different countries (e.g., India and China) be compared when applying for academic positions?

In the global academic landscape, students often apply for positions or programs abroad where the grading systems can differ significantly. For example, India and China have distinct educational and ...
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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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Photo on a CV for a researcher application in Japan?

Is a photo on a CV for a researcher (postdoc or faculty) application to a university in Japan prohibited, optional, or necessary? In the optional case, what are the usual consequences of including/...
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Do professors normally explicitly state on their web page that they aren't taking new applicants?

Do they? Otherwise there is a big risk of applying to their departments and programs (implying paying the admission fee) and listing them as potential supervisors but later on getting to know that ...
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Can I be accepted into another university for masters in a different subfield of the same subject?

Im finishing my masters in aerospace engineering on the subfield of propulsion. During my studies I got really hooked on spacecraft design and their applications. Is it possible to get another masters ...
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Prospective math PHD student currently majoring in CS

I'm a computer science major at a prestigious university. I've consistently achieved top grades in all my courses and have developed a strong interest in mathematics. I've completed a year-long ...
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Improving my GPA after two disastrous years [closed]

I am a computer science student and had disastrous first two years.There are many F's on my transcript and my overall GPA was 2.44/4.00.Then I retook all the courses that I had failed and improved my ...
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Grad application: how much do gen-ed summer classes taken elsewhere weigh?

I have taken several classes as a part-time student in several community colleges as an affordable way to complete my gen-ed requirements. I was a naive freshman back then and I thought that since the ...
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How to reach out to a professor with an unsolicited PhD application?

I am currently an industry researcher at a startup with a few year experience post masters and I am wanting to do a PhD for professional development and because I believe I will enjoy it. I am looking ...
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How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. programs in Country X?

This is a special community wiki 'canonical' question that aggregates advice on a frequently-asked question. See this meta discussion. Please feel free to edit this question to improve it. Please give ...
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Should you list all possible professional goals or be specific?

The PhD program I am applying to is asking about my professional goals and ambitions? I am thinking to answer it with respect to short-term and long-term goals. Short-term goals are easy to write ...
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Why do some admissions applications ask where I've been living and what I've been doing for the last few years?

What are the intentions of this question ? Indicate what you have been doing (e.g. work, military, student) and what city and state you have lived in for the past three years. Failure to include all ...
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List of "possible publications" at international conferences

I want to apply for a PhD fellowship program abroad and one of the requirements is that I must provide a list of possible publications and presentations at international seminars/conferences, what ...
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Asking for an REU recommendation letter from a professor in a different discipline

I am applying to a number of Physics REUs that require 2 letters of recommendation. I am having my Physics Lab professor write one, but am considering having my linear algebra professor write another. ...
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C.V. For PhD Application [duplicate]

I will be applying to a PhD in English program in about a year and a half. One of the admissions requirements is a C.V. Firstly, I am not sure of what to include in my C.V. Additionally, I feel as if ...
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Should I stay in my current PIs lab for grad school?

Should I stay in my current PIs lab? I graduated from a Biology program with a 3.49. During that time I didn’t take many quantitative classes. I look calculus 1 and I’m currently competing a data ...
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After a few years away from school, inactive students may need to reapply for admission. Why?

At many schools in America, undergraduate students can freely take a semester or two off. But some students might want to take a longer break: perhaps two or three years. At many schools, after ...
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Teaching job application: Should I make any references to a gap year in my employment history due to depression?

I used to be a tenure-track assistant professor. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out because I failed to publish, and so my job perished two years ago. Even more unfortunately, the stress and ...
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Why do some admission applications ask what you've been doing in the years since you left school? [duplicate]

Some admission applications ask what you've been doing in the years since you last left school. For example, work, military, parenting, volunteering, or caring for a sick family member. Some ...
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How serious are German universities about the locality requirement?

Looking through requirements for both junior/W3 professor positions and some fellowships at individual institutions, I keep seeing a requirement along the lines of the applicant's willingness to move ...
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Joining a research lab for research experience

I graduated a few years back with a decent MSc (about 3.6 GPA equivalent) from a good European university (top 10) university. My dream was to pursue a good PhD, but I didn't manage to publish ...
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Is it possible to apply for a Master's programme then leave current PhD?

I'm a 2-year PhD student at a research institute in Asia, and now I'm thinking about applying for a Master's programme abroad (possibly in Australia or Europe), so is it possible for me to submit my ...
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How does Admit into unstructured Phd in Psychology in Germany work? [duplicate]

I have a specific interest in studying about alexithymia. I have also drafted a research proposal and emailed it to professors from various universities across Germany. But I haven't received any ...
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Whom to ask for a recommendation letter

I'm gearing up to apply for a PhD position in AI and aiming for one of the top schools in the US. Currently, I'm wrapping up a research project (based on my graduation thesis) and preparing it for ...
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For non-English-speaking countries: Can I use my PhD to prove my knowledge of English for a UK visa?

I was browsing through the needed documents for a skilled worker visa and I found that I need to prove my level of English as a requirement, but I've also found that I need a UK PhD certificate (I ...
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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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How to deal with potential nasty issue of asking for PhD opportunity within the same topic from two different supervisors?

I'm not from Europe, but about to finish my masters there. Through my thesis, I was introduced to the wonderful world of topic A, where I was tutored by the research group G. My supervisor and I were ...
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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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Is it risky or inappropriate to mention a history of substance abuse in a PhD application personal statement?

A PhD program that I am applying to requires a personal statement based on the following prompt: "what struggles have you overcome?" Would it be risky to write something with the following ...
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If I already have a master's degree, can I use it to apply for another master's degree (UK)?

The title already has the question. If I have a master's degree, can I use it to apply for another (in UK)? I have completed my master's degree (GPA 4.0/4.0) at my home country (situated in northern ...
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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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Mentioning researcher unrelated to institution I'm applying for in motivation letter

I am writing a motivation letter for a scholarship to fund my MS thesis project at university X. However, my research interests are inspired by the work of a researcher working at a completely ...
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Will Israeli Military Service Affect My Chances of a Physics Master's Program?

I'm currently studying for a bachelor's degree in physics and computer science in Israel, after which I will enroll into the military (due to Israel having mandatory military service). I will most ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

It is very common to see statements like "it is your responsibility to make sure [someone with higher rank, like your advisor/supervisor/mentor] to submit/upload [something like a letter/approval]...
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How do I find small, teaching-focused universities in the European Union?

I'm a European doctoral candidate about to defend her PhD dissertation. I'd love to eventually get a job at a small teaching university with a relatively larger focus on education rather than research;...
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Informing my potential PhD supervisor about an offer from another PhD program

Last year, I reached out to several potential PhD advisers as I prepare for my PhD applications. One of the potential supervisors (let's call him supervisor A) with ties to the industry responded and ...
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Emailing supervisor after applying for phd to discuss about research problem and funding

I had contacted a potential supervisor regarding phd position in his lab. He was interested in my profile and advised me to apply for the program. I have applied for the program and informed him about ...
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Does it matter where you got your bachelor's degree when applying to PhD? [duplicate]

I did my bachelor's degree at an unknown school and got a very decent GPA. I picked it randomly and am now regretting that did not opt for a better school, although I had an opportunity. Currently I ...
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What are typical examples of "scholarly work"?

I am looking into applying to a teaching position at a liberal-arts institution. The application page asks for an example of scholarly work. What are good examples of scholarly work? For the sciences, ...
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Should I wait to apply for Ph.D in Machine Learning - US/Canada

I'm a 4th year CS and Stats student with a 3.86/4.00 GPA in the US and about to graduate soon. I want to apply to top-35 ML Ph.D. program in the US. As we all know, ML Ph.D. has become insanely ...
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What percentage of applicants to Harvard (or another well known R1 university) are international?

Is there anything known about what percentage of applications to Harvard's undergraduate programs comes from international applicants? (If not about Harvard, is something known about similar US R1 ...
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How do I reframe getting an MPhil instead of a PhD the first time round, in the context of applying for a mathematical postdoc?

The Question: How do I reframe getting an MPhil instead of a PhD the first time round, in the context of applying for a mathematical postdoc? Background: I tried for a PhD in group theory at ...
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How does finishing my bachelor's degree in 4 years affect my academic career? [closed]

I started university early and some unexpected events happened and my first year wasn't so great, however, I have high scores like +100/110 and a very good CV with work experience and research papers. ...
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What do you think is the best way for me to get into grad school?

So, I completed my bachelor's in mathematics a month ago, and I'm planning to move to another country to continue my studies. I really love mathematics and I want to apply to a master's program in ...
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Can I include my contribution to a internationally recognized research project in my college apps, if I wasn't part of the presenting team [closed]

I am from a non-US high school, facing a dilemma about mentioning my involvement in a successful research project (Project A) on my college applications. I contributed significantly to Project A, ...
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Schedule for Job Applications

When applying for a postdoc position or a tenure track job in the US, most universities have application deadlines between October and December, and send out offers between January and March. I am ...
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Does publication importance diminish over time?

Thinking of applying for a PhD in a 2-3 years as I want to focus on my industry job at the moment, and I was wondering how publications are evaluated by grad admissions over time? Will a very good ...
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Academic Violation - Can I avoid mentioning it to grad schools?

In my second semester senior year, I was being proctored via zoom for an exam and our professor had asked us to turn on both audio and video for it. I accidentally had my mic muted during the exam. My ...
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Is it okay to contact members of a lab before applying to a position?

There is a certain permanent position recently advertised at a lab that I'm interested in. The application consists of submitting a number of documents (CV, project, etc.) online, which will be ...
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Including independent research project in PhD application

I am applying for a PhD program and want to demonstrate my research abilities and enthusiasm for scientific writing. While I currently have no plans to publish this work, I completed an independent ...

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