Questions tagged [application]

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

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How not to ask for a reference letter "too many times"?

I am a Msc student planning to apply to a Phd program and need reference letters for that. But when I applied to Phd programmes and asked my supervisor to give me reference letters, after the 4th ...
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Should I mention research I conducted at University X in my application to other universities

I am a high school student and in grade 9 and 10 I conducted research for my science fair project at a recognized university under the mentorship of a professor and his PhD student. I designed and ...
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Do admissions committees look at any applicant information beyond submitted materials?

My question concerns PhD applications that are handled on a departmental level by graduate admissions committees, as is the case in the US, Canada and a few other places. Further, I am interested ...
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Graduate admissions: applying to the same programs twice

A few years ago I applied to several engineering graduate schools in the US. I received some offers and interview invitations, but I was not able to attend due to work-related and personal reasons. I ...
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Advice for postdoc after bad PhD

I would like to ask for advice regarding the search for postdoc. First a bit of background. I got my 3-years PhD in February in mathematics (applied math + numerical analysis). I am disappointed ...
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Is it common for a university to remain unresponsive to queries?

I'm planning to study in the u.k. I've never been to the u.k. but is it common there to remain unresponsive to the students' queries? I've sent a few emails to the student service team for some ...
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Can a Mathematics Undergrad do a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics?

I have a particular background, I studied biology and Chemistry in Highschool, some engineering in college, and I am now majoring in mathematics with a minor in computer science. To some extent I feel ...
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How usual/feasible is it for European universities to accept PhD candidates right after their bachelor's degree? (computer science field)

I am nearing the end of my bachelor's degree and wish to know what my options are for continuing. Optimally, I would be able to immediately pursue a PhD, but I get conflicting information on the ...
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Application requests experience or interest in professional/leadership programs

I am a recent PhD graduate in a STEM field and I am currently a postdoc. I am also applying for assistant professorship positions since a postdoc is not permanent. One of the applications for an ...
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Is it normal for a PhD supervisor having no PhD students staying in academia after their graduation?

I am looking for potential PhD opportunites in engineering and I found a potential PhD supervisor. Personally, I plan on entering academia after my graduation. However, it seems that during the past ...
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How to address new information (compared to the submitted application) during an interview?

My question has some similarities to Should I omit some of my qualifications in my application materials to “surprise” with during an interview?. However, in my case, the additional "surprising&...
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Uploading assignment answers - for prospective employers?

This question is similar to: 'Sharing assignments with a potential employer' However, it is not quite the same, and does not answer my query fully. My question is: I have been thinking about ways of ...
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What is the typical time between application and contact for a postdoc on Norway?

I recently applied to a postdoc position in Norway, this was an advertised role in an engineering department rather than a fellowship application. I had a brief email exchange with the hiring ...
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R1 vs R2 programs in mathematics

I have been looking into several different PhD programs in mathematics, and I am trying to keep my options open. After finishing a doctorate, I am open to working either in academia or industry, ...
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I received an ESR Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship from low-rank university, should I accept it if I don't want to go into academia? [closed]

I just got an offer to become an MSC ESR fellow in a low-rank university (100-150 QS world), which leads to a PhD. The uni is ranked within the top 30 in my field and my potential supervisor is widely ...
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Is it a good way to approach professors on LinkedIn?

I am trying to land my Ph.D. internship through contacting Professors on LinkedIn. My question is : is it a good approach ? else what could be a good approach in this case ? Thanks
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When looking for a PhD advisor, will it matter if I send them an updated version of my masters thesis?

I am about to finish my masters degree, and I want to apply for a PhD in the near future. I know that when contacting a potential advisor, they will ask you to send your CV and your previous research. ...
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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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PhD applications and explaining poor results [duplicate]

I had a couple of bouts of depression during my masters degree which resulted in very bad grades. Is it a good or bad idea to mention this in PhD applications to explain my grades?
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Is it appropriate to submit a co-authored writing sample to PhD applications?

I will be applying to PhD programs in Psychology this fall. Currently, I am in an MA program where we will be assigned to draft a research proposal in the topic of our interest. However, There will be ...
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Seeking advice: Failed PhD due to academic + psychological reasons. Should I apply two years later?

Failed my PhD in Physics after 3 years in graduate school. I spent the whole first and a half year on foundation (courses and some learning projects) since I jumped in from a completely different ...
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how much benefit is there of working as a predoctoral research assistant

I would like to do a PhD in a machine learning related topic and want to enhance my resume. I am considering looking for roles as volunteer research assistant and was wondering whether the experience ...
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Faculty job application - search committee chair, dept head, and follow up emails

I recently interviewed for a tenure track position in a public R1 University. There were 4 candidates. The last one interviewed at the beginning of April. Two weeks ago, I have been told by the chair ...
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Three reference letters, two academic and one professional [duplicate]

I am applying to a highly prestigious university in the UK for a PhD position. The usual norm here is that PhD's usually (unlike the US) require 2 rec letters, however this specific program asks for 3,...
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Editing example written work for PhD opportunity?

For an interview for a PhD, I have been asked to provide 'an example of some written work from a project I have worked on in the past'. I'm assuming this is generally intended to be previous ...
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Asking about funding when you've already been told you'll be funded

Disclaimer : Please consider I'm in Europe, and this is for European funding I've been accepted to do my PhD. I've been told in writing something along the lines of "You'll work for Prof. A doing ...
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Can my school fire me on the grounds that I have applied to another school?

I'm in the middle of a 4-year Ph.D. program on a full scholarship, in a foreign country. Due to expertise issues, lack of community, and other reasons I have decided that this program is not suitable ...
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If someone turns down a university fellowship does it open up a spot for the waitlisted candidates in the same department? [closed]

Recently I learned someone who received a university fellowship (with no TA duties) turned down the fellowship and position at a department I applied to for a doctorate. I was placed on a waitlist for ...
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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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Is an unexpected reference letter inherently a black mark?

I recently applied for a math postdoc in Europe. I contacted the number of letter-writers requested in the job ad, all of whom agreed and sent in letters for me. I also included the names of these ...
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I discovered a mistake in my application after being accepted to a master's program. What should I do? Will my offer be rescinded?

I have been accepted to Duke for the MS in ECE program for Fall 2021. I just checked my proof of application and there has been an error. It lists my minor as "Economics" whereas I have no ...
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How do I appropriately decline an invitation to an appointment lecture ("Probevorlesung") without burning bridges?

I will soon be accepting an offered professorship at a university that is a little further away from where I live. Now I have received the invitation to an audition (lecture + interview) for a ...
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My MA thesis has flaws. How do I present it during PhD application?

I completed my MA in 2014 (humanities, third world country) but due to very bad (almost non-existent) supervision and other reasons my thesis is subpar in some areas (e.g., research design, data ...
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What does 'soon' mean in PhD applications?

I had a PhD interview on 8th March. One of the interviewers told me they will let me know the decision 'soon'. I had the impression that the interview did not go bad. It is been more than a week that ...
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Letter of recommendation from professors without prior contact

I am a postdoctoral researcher at a German university and aim to apply for a visiting lecturer program to be a visiting professor at a foreign university. For this, I am required to provide two ...
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Dropping out of PhD in my home country to start a new one in the UK

I saw question similar to this but wanted to specify my problem. I did my Master in the UK and graduated in 2018 and decided to start PhD in my own country last year. As it took a little bit time to ...
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How do I apply for a PhD position via email? Should I read papers written by prospective advisors beforehand and write about it?

I am a master degree student. I am keen to join a PhD program under a mathematician in a university in France or Luxembourg. I found that in the webpage it is written that I should send an email with ...
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Who reviews the postdoc file applications? (UK)

I was informally invited to apply for a postdoc position at a university in the UK. The professor will be the PI of that project and said I can use the resume and the covering letter I had once for a ...
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What if the school asks the students to submit the letters themselves? [duplicate]

I have been applying to a bunch of grad programs recently and I have noticed that some schools, specially those based in the UK, ask students to upload the reference letters themselves to the ...
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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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Acceptance in PhD Program With Unfortunate Background [duplicate]

So here is my situation: I am applying for a PhD for Fall 2022. Not too long I found ago that my ex boyfriend had used my name online to post all kinds of crap. This includes revenge porn, as well as ...
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when applying for a job through online application system, does the committee see my application immediately? [closed]

Is there any norm that when I apply for a job in academia (post-doc or tenure-track jobs), through online application system, does the committee see my application immediately? Or they have to wait ...
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Getting into a doctorate program with B- [closed]

So I am doing a master's degree in mathematics in a large state school that is not very high ranked. I am planning to go for a doctorate, but not necessarily at a top school, but still an R1 school. ...
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First Language for the Application

I was applying for an academic research program and they wanted to know about my first language. I am confused about my first language because from childhood on, I used to speak English because ...
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How Can I Get a full scholarship to a University by my Skills | as an International Student? [closed]

I'm a student in my last year of high school, I'm from Europe but I'm looking for studying Computer Science in USA for the next year. My grades aren't great (around B/B+) and my family can't afford ...
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How is disclosure of previously undiagnosed long term health condition likely to be viewed when evaluating academic track record?

Considering situations where an individual academic track record is to be evaluated - whether by grant panel, job interview panel, promotion panel etc. If the individual were to make a statement along ...
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emailing supervisor to ask about application status

I have applied for PhD programme (in Dec 2020) and informed my potential supervisor that I have completed my application. Recently (9 days ago), he asked me if I have received any communication from ...
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When applying to grad school, where should I discuss my medical issues that led to poor grades during my first two years?

I graduated this December from a major public university with a major in social services. I received a 3.02. I have about four Ws on my transcript and two FS, and quite a few Cs. Two semesters in my ...
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How to approach being accepted into PhD lab group verbally while explaining grades

I was recently offered a verbal offer to join a PhD lab group with a professor that I had taken classes with during my Master of Science program. I did well in the said professor's classes, and I was ...
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Should I contact a potential PhD supervisor who strongly encouraged me to apply after not having heard from my application?

I have applied to an interdisciplinary program in a very top US university. My undergrad is in one of the fields involved. Back in November, I contacted a potential PhD supervisor (sending him my CV). ...

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