Questions tagged [application]

This tag refers to the application process for an academic course or an academic employment.

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How do i improve my resume and career path as a mechanical engineer interested in automotive?

I'm a 7th semester bachelor mechanical engineering student interested in internal combustion based Automotive Engineering fields. I'm looking for ways to improve my resume and increase my chances of ...
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Reapplying to program that rejected me as an Ph.D. applicant but accepted me to MA program

I was very happy to have been accepted to their MA program because that included being placed on a waitlist for a 50% tuition scholarship. However, the scholarship did not come through, and I wasn't ...
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Would universities in US consider undergraduate applications that are incomplete if they are from countries with serious issues like politics

I am a self taught developer, well... almost ready to publish my first android app. I haven't been able to go to college since graduated from high school in 2020 because of political reasons. Covid ...
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Should I include this scholarship on my application?

On my senior year in high school, I, along with 5 other people, won a scholarship based on academic excellence, granted by my city's Department of Education. Now I am applying to a PhD and I don't ...
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Is getting a reference letter from both advisors a good idea?

I am applying for a postdoc which is asking for 2 referees. I have a main and co-supervisor who would both write a good letter and know me well. Is it best that I put them both down or is it best ...
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Is it OK to show my research and teaching statements with other faculty before applying?

I keep thinking there might be something wrong with my research and/or teaching statements because my applications are unsuccessful. If faculty can give critical feedback before I apply, that can help ...
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Can I include the ongoing dissertation title on CV?

I am a master's student doing theoretical physics and am currently preparing for PhD applications. I just started working on a dissertation for my program, and I'm expected to have it completed by May ...
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Extremely short application deadlines

Lately I have noticed few job advertisement (that range from PhD to Assistant Prof. positions) for which the deadlines for application was literally a couple of days after the job posting. As a matter ...
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Should I ask a professor for a letter of recommendation if I haven't done too well in his class but have interacted with him a lot outside class

The title is a bit long but let me explain. I am a final year undergraduate student and am currently applying for a PhD in my field. All the universities I am applying to require three letters of ...
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Enquiring graduate admission on status of PhD application [duplicate]

The physics PhD program at the American school I am applying to has offered early admissions, and would evaluate PhD applicants whose admission forms are completed by October 17th for Preliminary ...
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Who should I ask for a letter of recommendation?

I am from Spain and I recently graduated from a masters degree here and now I'm applying for a PhD in the US. I'm having a hard time finding people who will write me a letter of recommendation for my ...
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What if I didn't finish my last master's degree on time prior to the starting of a new program? [closed]

I'm doing a Master's degree currently and hoping to graduate in Spring 2023. Given that now I want to apply for another Master's degree that starts in Fall 2023, I'd like to use my current university ...
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Grad schools in which countries, besides the US, allow you time to figure out your research topics?

I am applying for a PhD in Math at US grad schools mainly because they allow you one or more years of coursework to figure out your research interests and potential advisors. Are there any other ...
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Life story on Ph.D SOP

I am applying to math Ph.D programs from U.S universities for next fall. Frankly, I was not a good student during my Bachelor's degree. Instead, I did many things towards finding my real dream: what I ...
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What should I do if the potential supervisor copied my email to another potential supervisor who has already rejected me?

I contacted potential supervisor A (UK university), and A told me he is not sure whether he could supervise me. He copied my email to potential supervisor B (UK university), and the very awkward thing ...
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Which is more common in Europe - applying for a 'PHD Program' or coming up with a research Q? I still don't fully understand the application process [duplicate]

Do I keep visiting website like 'find a PHD' which have advertisements of PHD programs and their respective application deadlines? And would these be considered 'pre-designed' programs with a broader/...
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Importance of an applicant's area of interest in the grad school admission process

Do math grad schools in the US create separate merit lists for each of their research groups depending on which professors are willing and capable of taking PhD students in the coming years or do they ...
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Guides on writing a good Letter of Recommendation when the professor asks for a "Rough Draft"

I'm applying to grad schools in the US for a PhD in math and have managed to convince five professors to write a letter of recommendation for me. One of my referees requested me to send a "rough ...
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Will it weaken my application if the professor only "co-signs" a letter of recommendation written by a post-doc?

I am going to apply for PhDs. Since I am applying to a large number of programs, one of my referees gave me two options: Reduce the number of programs I apply to (or at least, the number of letters ...
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How long does it take to prepare for applying to a PhD in the US?

For a person that considering to apply to a PhD program in the US, how long does you think in advance is needed to be ready in time to the application deadline? I will appreciate a breakdown of time ...
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Is it better to merge my SOP and PS into a single essay or just join the two files one after the other to create a single file?

I'm applying to grad schools in the U.S. for a Ph.D. in mathematics and I recently read about the key differences between an SOP(Statement of Purpose) and a PS(Personal Statement) after noticing a few ...
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Sending your potential advisors your preprint that you have not posted on arXiv

I have written up a preprint that I have not posted on arXiv yet, as I keep modifying it. It is advisable to send that preprint to my potential postdoctoral advisors before I have posted it on arXiv, ...
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Leveraging research-adjacent experience for graduate school admission

I recently completed an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and unfortunately didn't realize my interest in attending grad school until my senior year. This means that I neglected to take ...
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Does thesis or publication in a foreign language hinder the prospect of it?

Background: I'm a undergraduate student who is planning on going out to Canada to do my master’s. Since I'll be applying to universities there I'm stuck thinking if writing my research thesis in ...
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How to respond to professor if he wants me but I need responses from other professors? [closed]

I just started my PhD application. I read some papers and wrote letters to professors that I want to work with. I started getting some feedback from different professors. Many of them will schedule a ...
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Can a professor in the program I'm applying to write a recommendation letter?

Three professors have promised to write me recommendation letters for PhD program applications. I want to apply to the program where one of them (Prof.A) is a professor. I was in his summer research ...
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Is it normal to apply for a PhD when you have not done your master's thesis in that subject?

I have recently finished my master's thesis and I want to start applying for PhDs soon. Considering that I did my PhD in subject A would it be considered 'normal' to apply for PhDs in subject B? I ...
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What should I do if what I want to major in isn't available in my country? [closed]

I really wanna study to become an occupational therapist but unfortunately, there seems to be no options out there. There are no colleges or universities in my home country with a course in the ...
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Should I name drop a famous coauthor on my resume?

I recently finished my PhD in the Spring of this year and after taking some time off I have been on the job hunt looking to get into industry or a government position. One of my publications ended up ...
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University change (To other lab)

I have a question and would like as much suggestion as possible please. I am in kind of a serious situation. I had applied for PhD program in a good korean university. As I had already studied Korean ...
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A Guide to enrol for a PhD in Management with UK Regulated Qualifications

I want to enroll in a top Canadian/US university for PhD program in management with options in human resource management/entrepreneurship. I do not have a BSc degree but have over 14 years ...
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How should I reply if the potential supervisor ask me whether I contacted other potential supervisor?

I received a response from potential supervisor, in her response , she said ' I would, in principle be happy for you to apply to the university'. then she asked me whether I contacted with Professor ...
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Can I use an MSc lecturer as an academic reference for another MSc degree?

I have a BSc and MSc in Architecture (2011). I am close to completing a second MSc and would like to go for a third MSc in Canada. Can a lecturer from the second MSc be a reference in the 3rd MSc ...
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How to reply a Phd rejection letter with funding suggestion?

When I reached a professor for potential phd supervision, I got a reply like:"Unfortunately there are no open positions for PhD students in our lab at the moment, or in the near future. There is ...
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My college laptop went kaput and I don't have any writing samples to include in my grad school application. Do you have suggestions?

Practically all programs require a writing sample from applicants. I'm preparing to apply by the end of 2022 but I'm stressed about this aspect of it since I have very few options. The hard drive in ...
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Advice - Entering/completing MS program to increase competitiveness for PhD programs? [closed]

This fall, I am planning on applying to PhD programs as a graduated student. However, I’m having to make up for an abysmal undergrad - 3.23 GPA, very very intro research experience, and not too many ...
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Professor stopped replying after showing interest in introductory email [duplicate]

I want to do my Master's Degree from Japan, for which I sent an email with my research proposal on 3rd August, 2022. The Professor replied within 2 hours of email, showing interest in my profile and ...
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How much overlap with my research topic does a potential PhD supervisor need?

As a history student, my research proposal is about a comparative research of xx in country A and B. Does the potential supervisor need to be interested in both A and B? Or either of them is fine?
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Does being accepted in a PhD program guarantee that my tuition is payed for?

I'm a prospective psychology PhD student, and one of the most intimidating problems was tuition expenses, but I've checked a number of PhD programs (NYU, Carniege-Mellon, Princeton) and they all say ...
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Can I officially use the Ph.D. as the highest educational attainment while waiting for graduation? [duplicate]

I finished all the requirements for a Ph.D. degree at a university in Hong Kong. This month, I received a letter from our Graduate School confirming that the University Senate has approved my ...
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What should I do a potential supervisor doesn't reply after I send the research proposal to him? [duplicate]

A potential suprvisor (British university) gave me a positive response after my first email, and asked me to send a more detailed research proposal to him. I send it to him on the 14th of July, and ...
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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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Is it a good idea to submit the preface of my dissertation as a writing sample for PhD application?

I am planning to apply for a PhD in the USA and Canada in fall 2023. I'm applying to English, Film and Media and Gender studies departments. All the programs require only one writing sample of decent ...
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What is meant by “Study Track”?

I’ve been looking for master’s programmes on university websites for a while and a couple of times, I’ve come across “Study Track” written in front of the programmes like English Studies [Study Track]....
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What to write in a motivation letter where the template says "In a few lines, specify your professional project"

My program is structured such that I have to do two years at one institution, then transfer to a different institution for the third and final year. I am now finishing the second year and filling out ...
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Poor Grades in CS Masters, Applying for Biology PhD [duplicate]

Thank you for your help in advance. I am considering PhD programs in the biology of aging. I am a 2020 college graduate with a Chemistry BA from a top 25 university in the US. During this time, I ...
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Seeking advice regarding masters programs in US

Background I have just completed my second year as an undergraduate in Computer science and Artificial Intelligence from India. I have developed a keen interest in mathematics and particularly ...
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Can I cancel a university offer acceptance in Canada? [duplicate]

I just received an offer from an Ontario university for a post-graduate program and it requires me to reply very soon. However, I also have a professor at another university who is very likely to give ...
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Do I have to disclose my minor academic misconduct warning in graduate school applications?

In my freshman year, I had an academic misconduct issue and received a zero for that assignment as well as a warning on the internal record (normally will not be shown to anyone else). I felt so ...
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Withdraw funded PhD position after accepting and enrollment but before actually starting

I know that there are already some similar questions, but mine is a little bit different, so let me ask it here: I applied to two PhD position in mathematics in southern Europe. I just got accepted ...
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