Questions tagged [application]

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

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Is it normal for adverts for US jobs to give much less information than European ones?

At the moment I'm looking for my next position (most likely postdoc level, potentially one step up from there). When looking at advertised positions in Europe I generally expect to see a brief ...
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Which region should I apply for with a BSc in my case? US, Europe or Canada? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student looking forward to applying for a Master or preferably a direct Ph.D. program for Fall 2019. My undergraduate degree is in physics and I want to study data science or ...
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Post-doc vs PhD Prestige

If a student did their PhD at a mid-tier university and then completed their postdoc at a top 3 university while working with an award winning leader in the field, then when applying to jobs does the ...
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What makes a transcript official vs. unofficial?

What really determines whether a transcript is official or unofficial? (I am wondering mainly in the context of US high schools and colleges.) Is it entirely about the process by which it is ...
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Does having a low CGPA reduce my opportunity to get an MS admit from top universities like Stanford, UC berkeley, etc? [duplicate]

So my case is a little different. I never liked my college studies much because the subjects never excited me, which eventually lead to a low CGPA (7.18/10). But I started to have a strong liking for ...
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Will a D in a major elective keep me from getting into a PhD program? [closed]

I am in my last semester of undergrad (majoring in mathematics) and am currently working on applying to PhD programs (in mathematics). During the fall of 2016 due to a health issue that lasted for the ...
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Contacting a professor in the university you are applying

I am applying to American universities. And just like many others, I intend to apply to many of them. Anyway, I read a lot on the internet about this application thing and I notice that I should ...
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Is it a mistake to talk about hobbies in a job application?

According to Sean Carroll, a famous cosmologist and tenured professor, Don’t be too well known outside the field. I hate to say this, but the evidence is there: if you have too high of a public ...
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Postdoc application, cold contact, funding proposal

Backgrounds: I’m an international researcher (biologist) in Europe; with a PhD and one year postdoctoral experience. I want to increase my chances to get a second postdoctoral position through ...
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Should I ask a reference letter from someone working where I am applying to use it for another application?

I am applying to a PhD program. I worked in the past with researcher A from research team T who was my bachelor thesis supervisor. Now, I am applying to a PhD progam within the research team T and ...
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When should I start applying for a PhD program in the UK?

I am starting my MSc. this September (UK), and am strongly planning ahead and setting myself goals. Simply, when would be the appropriate time to submit my applications? My MSc is 12 months long and ...
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What is the common dates to apply and then start a PhD in western Europe?

I am currently looking for a PhD in computer science for the fall in France, Germany and Switzerland. Although I still find some offers, I think applying in June is quite late. What are the common ...
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Canadian Ph.D. for a master of engineering science degree holder without transcript

I am master of engineering science graduate from Malaysia and here, the M.Sc. doesn't have any course work so it is pretty much like a 2 years Ph.D. thus I don't have any transcript or what-so-ever, ...
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My potential future PhD supervisor ask me to peer review a paper

I have been working for two years after my Master and I am now looking for a PhD. I got a PhD offer from one university, met the person who would supervise me and told them I am very interested, while ...
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How to handle reference requests for a concurrent postdoc application that may seem unnecessary?

I recently applied for several postdoc positions. Two of them ("A" and "B") are closely related to my doctoral dissertation topic, and these applications were quite strongly welcomed. I am already in ...
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What all should be included in a motivation letter for PhD in Geology?

What all should be added in a motivation letter for a PhD in Geology? Should I write about: My M.Sc project? My schooling? My hobbies? How I got interested in that particular topic? What can I do ...
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Postdoc application, different team, same institute

A month ago I applied for a postdoc in a renowned institute in my field. Through the process of evaluating the different candidates, an assessment was performed by other professors from the same ...
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Publishing in Open Access journals [closed]

I heard somewhere that publishing in open access (OA) journals is not a good strategy and such papers may be less valuable (specially for who want to apply for a PhD program in EU and North America)! ...
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What is the timeline for UK postdoc applications in math?

I (a graduate student in math at a US university) have heard a lot of advice about applying for postdocs in math at US universities. I've been told when applications for jobs and NSF are due, when you ...
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Reviewing experiences effects on applying process

Can reviewing experiences for top notch journals in a specific field be considered as a distinguishing and effective factor for the applying process? I've read somewhere that having a fertile record ...
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Applying for another PhD after dropping out 4 years ago, should I use my previous PhD supervisor or undergraduate supervisor for a reference?

I dropped out of my previous PhD 4 years ago, because my UK institution had a four year maximum time limit for completion which I didn't meet due to my mental health issues. I'm now recovered and have ...
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What if PhD application date is closed?

I sent an e-mail to a professor along with my CV explaining my research background and expressing an interest in joining with his research group as he has asked to send CVs if anyone is interested in ...
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Hiding M1 grades or first year of master grades

I had obtained my bachelor degree with first class of honor then I pursued my master studies in France. During the first year of my master (M1), I had pretty bad performance. I failed a course but I ...
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What is a cv including the marks obtained in BSc and MSc? [closed]

I don't know if they are asking my GPA or a list of grades and courses. Yes, I am applying somewhere where they asked for a "CV including the marks obtained in BSc and MSc".
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When is the ideal time to contact potential PhD advisors?

I'm a rising senior studying Psychology, and will be applying to PhD and Master's programs in the Fall. I have already shortlisted the advisors from the schools I would like to work with and whose ...
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“Upgrading” PhD

I have recently read many questions about doing a second PhD and (to my surprise) most people consider it a bad move. Also - it looks like some universities (for example Berkeley) even have formal ...
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How to explain a recent bad semester to graduate school admissions?

I am an international student with a 3.7 US equivalated GPA. I applied to a grad school program in the US fresh out of undergrad and was accepted. I was a part-time student at that grad school. ...
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What does a research proposal for PhD applications consist of?

Am presently trying to get PhD admission in somewhat reputed universities in India. However most of their application ask for a research proposal about which I have no idea. What does that mean and ...
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How do I, or should I, bring up research that I did under someone who was fired for another reason?

I worked under a professor whose research was funded by a non-profit organization. They were released from the university for some inappropriate behavior. The research that they have been publishing ...
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What is the most accepted time for a pre-tenure move?

I am a second-year assistant professor who is hoping to make a pre-tenure move to a school/location that is better for my family. It is not a situation where my current department is bad or toxic, but ...
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Should I prefer a grad-school recommendation from a PhD holder who doesn't know me well, or an MS holder who does?

I work at a start-up as a research intern, and I'm looking to get a recommendation letter from somebody within the company for my graduate application. I'm primarily looking at one of two people: ...
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Change from one PhD-Program to a much more prestigious (and better paid) new program at my institution

I started my PhD last year in November. I've now heard of an incredibly attractive program that is just starting this autumn, with insanely good working condition (the salary is basically twice as ...
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Switching from Economics to Computer Science?

I just graduated undergrad with a Bachelor in Science in Economics with a Minor in Business. I hope one day to get a Masters in Computer Science as throughout undergrad I self taught myself ...
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I want to switch PhD programme [closed]

I started a PhD programme 6 months ago. During the selection process you were asked which areas would u like to work in. My studies specialization is in microbiology and molecular biology, I clearly ...
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How far will my Masters counterbalance low undergrad GPA in PhD applications? [duplicate]

I'm currently pursuing a Masters degree in Philosophy at a top UK university, and as my grades currently stand, I'm looking to graduate with a Distinction. During my second and third years of ...
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Are U.K. grade cutoffs for PhDs hard?

I recently learned that most U.K. universities advertise themselves as having a minimum grade cutoff of a 2:1. I’m an American, and according to Cambridge’s website, they consider a US 3.5 to be the ...
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Should I explain that I cannot finish my current master due to religious discrimination when applying for another graduate program?

I am currently enrolled in a master’s program in the Middle East, which does not seem to be possible to finish / worth finishing for various reasons. The main problem is the lack of research ...
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Balancing between confidence and arrogance [closed]

People always advise me that I should focus on my achievements when I write a mail for, say research asistanship because people receive a lot of emails and want to know why they should pick me. ...
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What courses should I count when calculating my GPA in major?

When calculating my GPA in major, should/can I only count courses that are meeting the requirement for major or should I count any course on the same topic and from the same department as my major? ...
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What is H18 (Canada)?

I'm currently doing university level continuing education in Quebec, Canada. As part of my degree, I want to do some courses from another university online. I've talked to my chairperson, and he ...
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I applied for a PhD but was rejected after the interview. How do I request feedback?

I interviewed for an advertised PhD and got an email thanking me for interviewing but advising that I wasn't successful. They encouraged me to apply for PhDs at other colleges and their college. I ...
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Have sponsor, need supervisor for PhD application: how to get email response?

I have a sponsor to do my PhD but the problem with supervisors. I keep sending emails to them and no one replies to my email. Could you let me know how can I encourage them to look at my email? for ...
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What order should teaching experience be listed in a teaching dossier when applying for teaching jobs?

Should a teaching dossier list teaching experience in chronological order (starting with most recent) or should I order things by relevance to whatever I'm applying for? I'm applying for a job which ...
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How to email the heads of a department asking about whether they accept applications from undergraduates from a different discipline?

I'm an electronics engineering sophomore at an Indian university, particularly interested in quantum computing, quantum information theory and quantum engineering. However, the problem I'm facing is ...
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How can one find a research mentor to fulfill a research paper requirement prior to PhD application?

I will be applying to a Ph.D. program in the fall for Marriage and Family Therapy. One of the programs I am applying to would like to have me complete a research paper before a completing my ...
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Evidence of adequate funds for U.S. university

I am an international applying for graduate studies to some US universities. As part of the application process I need to show evidence that I, or a sponsor, have enough money to cover the cost of ...
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What can I do if my English level is lower than the minimum requirements? [closed]

I am applying for a Masters degree. An IELTS with an overall Band score of at least 6.5 and a minimum of 6.0 for each section is required. I have taken the test and my overall score is 7 but in ...
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Is it suitable for an MS student to ask teaching faculty for a recommendation letter for PhD applications?

During my masters degree, I was a teaching assistant for undergraduate course 'X' two times. The professors in charge of the course are titled 'Senior Lecturer' - they are not research faculty. How ...
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Should I put in a job application email that I am interested in doing a PhD?

I will be finishing my master's degree soon and am sending out emails to companies in my field. I have been recommended by many of my peers (co-workers, supervisors and academic acquaintances) to (at ...
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Diploma Withheld

I will graduate from a university with a BA and two AA degrees at the end of April 2018. I intend to go to another university and get an accelerated BSN degree. Part of the requirement for admission ...