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On standards or conventions specific to the European higher education system, which differs in structure and style from the systems in North America, Asia, or Oceania.

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In the EU, how much protection do I have if I report an assault on myself by my department head?

I had a very ugly incident at my corrupt institute (I live in E. EU). In short, I was assaulted by one of the department's heads during my own group meeting on my own grant for daring to "back talk" ...
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As an American, if I get a Master of Modern Languages in Italy, how hard would it be to get into an American PhD program?

As an American, if I get a Master of Modern Languages in Italy, how hard would it be to get into an American PhD program? My end goal is to be a professor of one or two languages at an American ...
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How to build healthy working relationships with my male colleagues as a young-ish, attractive-ish woman?

I'm a PhD candidate from Asia currently visiting a prestigious university in Europe. Recently I've noticed quite some "strange" behaviours of male "colleagues" around me (by "colleagues", I don't mean ...
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Applying to theoretical physics Masters in Europe while not having a physics undergraduate degree

I intend to apply to European Master programs in theoretical physics. I don't have an undergraduate degree in physics. My question is : Is an undergrad degree in physics absolutely required for ...
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What is the “chalk talk” at job interviews?

It was only recently that I heard about the academic "chalk talk" at job interviews (from biologist friends). As I understand, this is a closed-doors talk the applicant must give to the existing ...
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Rationale for Passing Students “by Compensation”

Certainly in Ireland at least, there is a mechanism whereby students, with otherwise good grades, are allowed to "pass by compensation" a module(s) that they have failed. For example, a student ...
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Second Bachelors in Maths after Masters in Optics for Theretical Physics Phd

I have completed my Masters(5 year Integrated) in Optics recently with average CGPA. I have couple of projects experiences in Theoretical Physics, but no publications. My masters course had rigorous ...
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Math PhD after graduating with average grades

I am currently an MSc student in math in Europe (I'm doing mainly analysis and applied math). During my Bachelor's I've had mainly average grades (I'm not sure what the exact GPA equivalent is, but it ...
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Effect of PhD advisor name/department on my future

I am in the first year of my PhD research (in Europe) in Biostatistics and I have a day-to-day supervisor, however he is not a full professor so he cannot be my promotor. Our department head is, but I ...
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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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Teaching the daughter of a lecturer, while being simultaneously enrolled in his course

I'm a student in a bachelor program at a local university, while I'm also a teacher (professional school) of apprenticeship students within the same sphere of study. A few days ago I received the ...
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How can I justify doing a second Master's in Mathematics?

I'd like to apply for a PhD in Mathematics/Applied Mathematics in Europe. I have a BSc in Math and a taught 1-year MSc in Applied Math (without thesis) both from top US universities. I have taken ...
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What should I do to get into a PhD in Mathematics in Europe without a thesis in my BSc and MSc?

I'm going to apply for a PhD in Mathematics in Europe with my BSc and MSc in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (respectively), from two top-tier (say, top 10-20) US universities with advanced ...
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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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Recommendation Letter for grad school without academic connections

I have recently developed an interest in a hot topic of computer science and I would like to pursue a master's degree in that topic. Looking at the available grad school programs and their admissions ...
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Where to start with grant proposal writing [closed]

I finished my Ph.D. in Robotics in a French institution and I am moving to Switzerland for my PostDoc. For my new position, I am supposed to write a lot of grant proposals. I participated in writing ...
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How is a tenure-track appointment in Sweden?

I have been offered a tenure-track position in Sweden starting this September. I am very excited. Due to both cultural and working system differences, many things are unclear to me. I do not want to ...
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How to avoid personal issues interfering with my Ph.D. studies?

Background My life had (and still has) difficult problems (chronic disease and its consequences: social isolation, anxiety, having to take extra measures to take care of my health...). As a ...
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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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How do ects grades compare to American grades?

How does the ECTS ABCD etc grades compare to the American ones? Would I in particular be right in saying that the European B is worth more than the American B?
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Learn new methods during PhD?

I just started my PhD in an interdisciplinary research lab. For the research I wish to pursue, I am missing some methodological skills, particularly in statistics and machine learning. Are there any ...
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What is the difference between PhDs in the US and Europe (in terms of employment)? [closed]

It is frequently mentioned that PhD students are employed in Europe (e.g. the Netherlands, Scandinavia, etc). I still don't understand how this affects a PhD program. What is the difference when one ...
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How and why are PhD programs free in Europe?

In some European countries, PhD programs are free. As I understand, PhD opening depends on the research funds of the supervisor. In other words, PhD research is funded by a national agency or EU. ...
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Chasing up response to PhD offer

I'm asking this from the perspective of the future supervisor. After a round of interviews I approached the highest ranked candidate. My error was not including a deadline in the initial email. Now ...
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Applying for second PhD after quitting first one after 2 years on same topic

I left my first PhD program after two years and after that took up a teaching job for two years and now I am planning to apply for the PhD on the same topic again. In my first PhD i was not a failure ...
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Doubts when looking for possible PhD supervisors

I'm currently in my last year of my master in environmental engineering and I'm strongly thinking about doing a PhD afterwards. I'm looking around for possible supervisors working with research ...
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Must publicly funded research in the EU be published as open access by law?

I remember reading a while ago that there was a proposal going around in the European Parliament. If I remember correctly, it said that all publicly funded research should be publicly accessible. Did ...
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Can I live off post-docs?

I'm currently a theoretical/mathematical physics PhD student in Brazil. I still have little more than a year until my PhD finishes, and as far as tradition goes, it's soon time to look for a post-doc ...
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Do universities prefer not to hire their own PhD graduates in faculty positions? [closed]

I have heard that universities tend not to hire people who earned their PhD there for professorships (tenured or not). (I've read this question, but it's about postdocs: Is it normal that research ...
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Is getting into MSc programs in Europe easier than PhD in US?

PhD programs in US usually include an MSc degree and many of the admitted students don't have an MSc. In Europe however, with just a few exceptions, everywhere requires an MSc for a PhD. There are ...
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Importance of supervisor support in being accepted for PhD

this may seem like a silly question, as I know every institute is different. However, I was wondering how likely is acceptance to a PhD program when you have a supervisor on your side? Background: I ...
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Are European colleges also more politically left like in the US? [closed]

Referencing a video by Dr. Haidt where he polls the audience - about 70-80 students report to being on the left, with less than 20 on the right, center or libertarian. This is a US college and he says ...
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Where to go after academia in the humanities? [closed]

I am a full prof in the humanities at a small liberal arts college in rural America. I am relishing my sabbatical in a European country with a flourishing economy and appealing culture. I do not want ...
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Benefits of including short and/or long-term visits abroad on my CV?

I am in my first year of a theoretical physics PhD in the UK and I'm coming to the end of a week abroad at another institution where some collaborators of mine work. The purpose of the visit is to ...
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Back to academia for physics after M. Sc. In mathematics and 4 years working [closed]

I'm in a bad spot psychologically and I need your advice. Have a Msc in Math from a decent italian uni, that I got around 4 years ago. I am working in London at the moment but I really can't stand it ...
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Are all permanent positions “tenure-track”? [closed]

I was offered a permanent position as a "senior researcher" in Europe without teaching responsibilities. As some of you may know, the term "tenure" is getting more and more popular in Europe. "Can ...
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Should I include research stays in my CV?

During my PhD I was invited three times by two researchers to stay and do research in their lab, one week at a time. I'm now a postdoc and applying to tenured jobs in Europe (yay). Should I include ...
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Is it possible to find a PhD without being in the lab all the year in Europe?

I am just finishing my master in computer science in France. but the problem that I have a hard situation, I must go to my country many times and staying for a bit long time so I cannot stay all the ...
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Advice about letters of recommendation for Phd application

I'm a relatively old student (29F) Currently applying for PhD positions in ecology, mainly in Europe. Many applications encourage adding 3 letters of recommendation. I have two solid ones related to ...
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Are there still teaching professor positions in Western Europe in Biology/Env Sciences? [closed]

It seems that I can't find any evidence of just teaching positions in universities across Europe, aside from the temporary position for a semester or two. I am mainly interested in Italy, France, ...
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Is a Master's degree in Europe valid for a teaching career in the USA?

I'm currently an undergraduate student in the US but looking seriously into some master's programs at European universities for the international experience, cost difference in my field, and exposure ...
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Is there an RSS feed for academic jobs published on Euraxess?

Euraxess is an European platform collecting academic job offers. There was previously an RSS feed at http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/rssJV.cfm. However, this URL is dead. Is there a new RSS feed for ...
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Backing out of accepted post-doc position in favor of a permanent faculty position

I got a PhD in mathematics three years ago, and am currently a post-doc. My appointment is due to finish this August, so I am now looking for a new job. My dream job would be a permanent faculty ...
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Changing field and master in mathematics [closed]

Now I am studying engineering.But i want to do master in mathematics in Europe.The only math classes I've taken are linear algebra and calculus.Where should I start and what should I do?
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How will the success of my previous projects affect future funding?

I have two funded projects. One works great but the other is terrible (probably wrong postdocs and PhD students). When I send future proposals, my history is evaluated against the overall research ...
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How to negotiate a salary in Norway/Scandinavian countries?

So, my application looks like its going very well. I've got a feedback from the Norwegian institute that I am the most suitable candidate for the job among 13 ones. In a few weeks, I will be in the ...
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Are hobbies in the CV detrimental?

I have a serious, artistic hobby and I write an application for a scientific job. The hobby is music. I studied music for three years, but didn't conclude, because I decided to pursue a scientific ...
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Are ECTS Credits based on performance?

I was wondering if ECTS Credits are based on performance. For example, I know a course is say 5 ects credits, are those 5 credits awarded to a passing grade or is it based on performance and only a ...
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Which authority establishes the equivalence of degrees from different European countries?

I hold a degree from a European country, and at that time we didn't have a system similar to the common "Bachelor + Master". My degree has been considered as equivalent to a Master by the University ...
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How to find out someone really holds a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Hungary?

How to find out if someone holds a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Budapest? I know that the university changed its name to Budapest University of Technology and ...