Questions tagged [europe]

On standards or conventions specific to the higher education system in Europe which differ in structure and style from the systems in other parts of the world. Keep in mind that many different countries, customs and regulations coexist in Europe, so many questions will not have a unique answer that applies to the whole continent.

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Should I consider university rankings while accepting a PhD offer? [duplicate]

I have two Ph.D. offers. One from a university in Germany which is considered one of the best in Germany and is ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide in my engineering field. The second offer I ...
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Cultural differences and etiquettes to be kept in mind for a PhD interview

I am a student who has completed his master's and I took an year break to prepare for PhD and living in a poor Asian country. I applied to PhD programs in Germany and France this year in Pure ...
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How to select a subset of Euraxess's RSS Feed?

From this answer, I was able to get the RSS feed for Euraxess. However, is there any way I can select a subset of this? I am interested only in Astronomy jobs, so I would like to know if a filter to ...
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How to know when academia is not for you?

Edit Thanks to all the people who read the question, I have devised a plan to hopefully solve my situation. But first, some stuff that I learn as a result of this post and talks that I have with other ...
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Pursuing a less exciting PhD research topic at a top-ranked university VS doing more interesting research at a lesser-known university?

I'm currently in the process of applying to different PhD Programs, and I have a very specific topic/theme in mind that I would like to work on and that resonates deeply with my personal mission, ...
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PhD in mathematics after master's in theoretical physics?

So, my background is that I have a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, but I am doing my master's in engineering physics, theoretical track. (Both will be part of my "...
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A scholarship organization is publishing my personal information on their website

In February 2018, I received a one-time scholarship (1000 €) from a private association in the EU. A few months ago, I noticed the organization published on their website private information of the ...
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Adding a quiz to an application form

I have thought about setting up a quiz as part of a job application form (see background below for details), where I ask about 5 multiple-choice questions which are trivial to answer (or require a ...
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How many days I should wait before writing a reminder E-mail to Potential Phd Supervisor

I wrote to 6 professors whose research aligns with my interests (all in Europe) on December 21 for disussing PhD opportunities and attached my CV along with the mail. One of the professors replied ...
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Under which conditions can a person use the title of "Professor"?

Is it enough to hold a contract as professor (be it a major university), to use this title in official communications? What are the rules (also unwritten rules) in your country? I am interested also ...
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Post-Doc in the US/Europe while living elsewhere

I am currently in the final stages of my PhD and am planning on looking for a post-doc position soon, preferably in the US or in Europe in theoretical research (theoretical physics). Ideally, once ...
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Can I transfer to an university in Europe from Turkey?

Currently, I am studying at METU (ODTÜ) Computer Engineering/Science, Bachelor's Degree. I am not happy with the situation here. My department is ABET-accredited, but I am a non-EU citizen. Is it ...
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Very long PhD interviews

Recently I've been invited to a PhD interview, for a three-year program. They are asking me to book two whole days for the interviews. The invitation asks me be avaliable "from 9am on Day X to ...
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Is it against the law to judge you based on your age and marital status when you applying for a PhD position?

A few weeks ago, I sent an email to a professor in a western European country in the hope of getting a Ph.D. position in the field of management. I have 17 years of work experience and 8 years of ...
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Mention incomplete PhD in Europe in the Statement of Purpose for PhD in USA?

I started a PhD project in Europe. However, as the project was going in a direction quite different from what I had expected, I spoke to my supervisor and converted it into a research position for a ...
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What is the best procedure to exit academia as a postdoc?

I'm a postdoc based in Europe working in a theoretical/computational field with a background in physics and am considering leaving academia. There are various reasons for this, but most importantly I ...
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Can one be kicked out of Doctoral School because of not being able to find a supervisor?

I proposed a project about twistor formulations in noncommutative geometry for alternative theories of gravity to a professor to apply for a PhD program in physics in 2019, and though the professor ...
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In order to write a good email (not generic or close to generic) to prospective phd supervisors, in what level of detail should I read their papers?

This question is an extension of this particular question: Is this way of writing e-mails to professors asking for funded PhD positions to work under their supervision good? I am a person in an Asian ...
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Should I write to professors in Europe during the winter holidays?

I am student of an Asian Country who will apply to European Universities (mainly France, Germany, Finland, Netherlands, Denmark) for session 2022 for PhD in mathematics. So, I thought about writing ...
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Can I work full-time (remotely) while doing a PhD in Science? [duplicate]

I will hopefully be starting a PhD soon, it will be in the sciences (so at least several hours a day will be spend in labs). It is a 3 year position, with a possible extension to 3.5 years, and it's ...
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Can I apply to a postdoc for internships in the UK as an undergrad?

I understand there might be funding issues but I am more curious about if there are any modalities preventing a postdoc from taking an intern.
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Emailing profs for PhD enquiries

I'm a Masters (Physics) student from India and I am looking to apply to the UK and Europe for a PhD for Autumn 2022. I am making a list of people I would like to work under. In doing so I have a few ...
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From research in machine learning to pure math PhD

I am currently working as a research technician in applied math (machine learning) for a European institution that also does some research in pure mathematics. I find some research lines in pure math ...
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Why are there so many PhD positions and so few PostDoc positions?

I don't have hard numbers (if you know a good source, please do share), but it is quite apparent that there are many more Ph.D. student positions advertised than PostDoc positions, at least in my ...
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How early can I get the conversation started with a prospective postdoc advisor?

I am a little more than a year away from my funding running out (not taking into account any Covid-related extensions which may or may not be granted and thus can't be relied on). Hence, I would ...
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Is it unusual to be offered an academic job without pay?

I have been applying for academic jobs which are admittedly a bit out of my league. I have a Bachelor degree from an elite (ie world top ~3, depending on ranking) university. My course had an ...
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Am I in a position to do a PhD? [closed]

I’m a physics student in the UK who should be on track for a first (nothing incredible, but not scraping either) at one of the top institutions in the country, for my undergrad, which is an integrated ...
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Participant selection conundrum for PhD in European country; local or foreign participants?

I am applying to a PhD vacancy at a Norwegian university which is in the area of social sciences. I have been told that it is better for my proposal to be geared to the Norwegian context with ...
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Should I mention about the time wasted (6 months) due to depression in my CV when I will apply to PHd programs

Very brief of the situations that happened from Jan 2021 : Living in a 3rd world country. I completed my masters in math in Jun 2020. Then I wanted to study some additional topics before applying in ...
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Is there a book equivalent to « Good work if you can get: How to succeed in academia » but for European / UK academia?

I found Jason Brennan’s book very useful when applying to my PhD and planning long term about my academic career. However I am doing my PhD in Europe and although I’d like to explore US academia at ...
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Do bachelor's and master's degrees have to be the same in order to apply for a doctorate?

I got my bachelors degree in the field of wood and paper science engineering and got my masters degree in the field of industrial engineering. I have more than 15 years of experience in the field of ...
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Is it common to drop 50% of PhD students in a program?

I recently spoke to a graduate coordinator of a mathematics PhD program I was planning to apply to. I asked about admission, requirements to complete the degree and such. The program coordinator ended ...
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Working and doing an MSc in physics in Europe

I'm currently finishing up my undergraduate degree and I will soon start to apply for graduate school. I'm gonna apply to some schools in Europe (mainly Germany), but one thing I'm very worried about ...
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How does Erasmus Programme work when the language of education is different?

How does an exchange student go to another country for a year when the language of education is different? Doesn't the exchange student attend any lecture or course during the visit? Except for ...
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Switching Academic Fields for Grad Admission - Europe and Australia

I am a pre-final year Electronics and Communication Engineering Undergraduate. I am very much interested in pursuing higher studies in Radio Astronomy and am working on multiple projects in a specific ...
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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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Is it appropriate to apply for assistant professor positions a few months before obtaining my PhD?

I am finishing my PhD at a famous research institution located in Europe. I am quite delayed due to COVID-related disruptions, which forced us to devote most lab equipment to vaccine development and ...
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How many weeks of holidays does a Ph.D. student in Germany have the right to take?

As a Ph.D. student in Germany, what's the maximum allowed holiday time per year? I heard of 1 month per year. Thanks.
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Fellow student doesn't share progress in joint paper for coursework - how should I react?

I'm currently enrolled in a course (Masters-level) where we are supposed to write a paper together with another fellow student. The paper will not be published publicly. It has been difficult since ...
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Applying PhD during the last year of master studies

I am a final year master student and currently I am working in my thesis (I have done about 70% of my work). My graduation will be expected to be latest in this August. I have published several ...
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Public university refuses to support ERC application

I'm from university from Central and Eastern Europe (btw. underrepresented in ERC). I contributed to the research proposal of my colleague for ERC starting grant. However, within internal review ...
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What are the available postdoctoral fellowships in Europe that non-European can apply for? [closed]

In life Science, What are the available postdoctoral fellowships in Europe that non-European can apply for? Once joined an EU research center can a non-EU researcher apply for Marie-Curie postdoctoral ...
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Is it true, that there are associate professors, full professors and University provosts without a doctorate in the Western Continental Europe?

There is legislative proposal in our small country (Republic of Latvia, Baltic Country, European Union) that proposes to allow elected associate professors, full professors and provosts of the ...
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Is it common for a lab to pay for international moving expenses? [closed]

I am a senior postdoc. My lab is moving from UK to Austria, the IST specifically. We have been told reimbursement for moving is not possible. There are tax benefits that we need to apply for, which ...
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Why am I getting rejection in PhD admission after interview?

When I was in my bachelor's program, I applied to three universities in Europe for masters. My two first choices accepted me and offered me funding for my masters studies which is competitive (2 ...
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PhD in Europe: Time vs Quality [closed]

I am asking this question out of curiosity. Is it possible that an average university in the Western European countries in a specific field doesn’t accept a very good student for a PhD student because ...
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What does Level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) - RNCP 34262 Level 7 certified mean?

I am looking to get a more formal education in data engineering. I found the following "masters degree" at Data Science TechInsitute. The content does look great, also the fact that the ...
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How do you add two independent master's degrees to your name?

Assuming you add one master's degree (Master of Science) like that: FirstName LastName, M.Sc. What is a proper way to add two independent1 master's degrees (both Master of Science)? Do you just add ...
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Generally speaking, when are the deadlines applying for PHD's in Europe? [closed]

29 year old male, considering applying for PHD programs that begin 2021 or else 2022. Have I left it too late to apply for a PHD that begins in 2021? I know this question is fairly general, but it ...
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How is East European PhD viewed in the USA?

Eastern Europe is composed of the former Warsaw Pact, plus the European part of Russia (e.g. St. Petersburg). I believe Eastern Europe's higher education is influenced by the former USSR. On the other ...

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