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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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How do I find funded humanities PhDs in the US or Europe?

I am a final-year Master's student with professional experience of 7 years working in gender and development field. I am liking the subject of study and want to pursue a PhD in gender and development ...
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Does Germany have year round application system for PhD program in Mathematics? [duplicate]

I have completed my masters in mathematics from a institute in Asia. I will apply to Germany for PhD program in mathematics. I wanted to know if Germany has a year round application system where I ...
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Should I mention dropping out of M2 course in my statement of purpose for PhD application?

I completed my masters in 2020 and I applied for an M2 course in a European nation and was selected. But due to visa issues and some health issues I failed this degree. This degree was in English. I ...
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Cover letter for a postdoc position [closed]

I want to write to a professor for a postdoc position (advertised). I have read her recent paper that I wish to discuss in my cover letter. Is it ok to write her about additional experiments that ...
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How selective is Erasmus+? [closed]

Basically, the question in the title. I have heard that Erasmus Mundus is quite selective, but for some reason it seems impossible to me to find any data at all on the number of applicants to Erasmus+ ...
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A postdoc in China vs a postdoc in the US

I am a PhD student about to graduate from a university in Western Europe, and recently I have received two postdoctoral job offers - one in Beijing and another in Los Angeles, and I find it hard to ...
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How competitive for those funded PhD positions in Europe? [closed]

I am based in Canada but want to apply PhD in Europe. I had tried once three years ago for a research group based in a German University. They usually recruit 10-15 PhDs at one time. I was rejected ...
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Is it unethical to not disclose relationship when applying to same group

My girlfriend and I are applying to the same PhD program and are interested in the same group. The group is quite small and it is likely that we will be working together a lot, I am unsure if ...
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How to address interest in getting treatment for (potential) ADHD whilst applying for a PhD grant, so that I don't alarm anyone?

I don't actually have an actual diagnosis of ADHD, growing up I never really addressed it, as treating such isn't really common where I grew up. However recently I took an interest in it, and alas I ...
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Is it appropriate to cold email professors in search of a postdoc position?

I am a final-year PhD student doing my research in the field of theoretical physics. Soon, I will start applying for postdoc positions in different universities, primarily related to my area of ...
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Dealing with discouragement during the academic job hunt

Similar to this site's question on impostor syndrome, what strategies would people recommend for dealing with self-doubt and discouragement on the academic job market? It's not that I think I'm an ...
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Am I chasing an obsession or should I apply 3rd time to complete my 2nd masters in Mathematics? [closed]

I am from a poor Asian country and I completed my masters in math in July 2020. I really wanted to do a PhD in mathematics outside my home country as in my country there is too much politics and ...
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How will not doing a bachelor thesis affect my chances of masters and PhD?

My university (math major) offers the option to write and present a bachelor thesis instead of taking 3 courses. Due to my changing tracks (from applied maths to pure maths) I have lost my ability to ...
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How well should one understand a PhD's topic when applying for a PhD?

I'm looking into applying for a PhD in math in Europe (I've seen positions in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Norway). A concern that I've encountered is regarding PhD advertisements that ...
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How to find research internships in Europe?

I am a mathematics graduate student, and I am searching for a (preferably paid) research internship that could last to 6 months in the field of probability theory. I have searched for opportunities in ...
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How important is my Master's degree after obtaining a PhD?

I am about to complete my Master's and start a PhD. While I probably should not concern myself too much about what comes after a PhD when I have not even started it, there is something that has been ...
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How important is it to disclose all of academic records for graduate school application, especially ones that are seemingly trivial?

I've done all my undergraduate and MS in a country that I'm not a citizen of. After my MS, I did not want to continue studying at the school I was in and even wanted to switch my studies. However, I ...
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From PhD to Assistant/Associate Professor

I am in a bit of a pickle as soon I will finish my PhD and I will need to think about the next step in the academic career. One thing I realized is that is very unclear how the scientific production (...
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Do other EU countries have an equivalent of Germany's portal for foreign students?

The German government runs a portal, https://myguide.de, that allows prospective foreign university students to search for undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered by German universities. It ...
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Is it possible to apply for a Ph.D. position as an international student without all recommendation letters in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand?

I have been working with my supervisor for years. Now, when I submit applications to universities abroad, most of them require two professor recommendation letters. When I informed my former ...
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Research profiles descriptors used by the European Commission

The European Commission has drafted so-called Research profiles descriptors. I understand that this is an attempt to uniformly describe researchers' career stages in a way agnostic to particular ...
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In my 2nd year of PhD, and I feel like a technician

I am in my 2nd year of a neurosceince PhD in europe. The project had a very clear vision even before I had applied. This meant that I came into a project which was well defined and planned with many ...
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Effect of Master's grades on PhD application to top unis in Europe

I am a master's student in stem cell biology at one of the TUs in Germany. It's been one year of my program and my current grade average is 2.2 GPA almost equivalent to 75-80%. The thing is I am ...
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Applying for a PhD as a disabled person: apply for preferential access?

I am about to apply for a PhD position at a European university as an EU citizen. I suffer from a physical disability. As such, I have the right to apply for preferential access due to my disability ...
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What's a reasonable STEM postdoc salary at Paris-Saclay university?

The year is 2023 and I'm applying for a postdoc at Paris Saclay university, and I wonder how should I adjust my expectations. I don't want to appear overpriced, but also I don't want to just scrape by....
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What defines a scientific institution?

Recently I have been worrying about my professional future in academia. Permanent positions are scarce and the situation is even harder when taking into account personal constrains, such as family, ...
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New regulation in France and/or in ERC grant for hiring only the postdocs who finished their PhD 3 or less years ago - what does it really say? Link?

In a recent exchange with a faculty member based in France, whose ERC-funded postdoc I had applied to earlier, I was told: "a new local regulation makes it impossible to recruit under the status ...
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Are basically all Criminology PHD's in the UK?

The UK seems to have an abundance of Criminology positions. While it is attractive location from the perspective of being a familiar language and culture, the salaries are not exactly great. Curious ...
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How many times can I apply for a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship?

It is not clear to me how many times one can apply for a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship. I was told that I can apply for such fundings only two times. Is that information true? I couldn't find any ...
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Are there Ph.D. or postdoctoral positions in Europe that primarily focus on research without significant teaching assistance?

I am currently considering Ph.D. or postdoctoral opportunities in Europe and have a strong preference for research-focused positions. I am interested in pursuing a program or position where the ...
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Can I apply for a master's degree in Europe after failing one?

I recently completed an intensive, nine-month master's program in physics at a highly-regarded university in the UK. Despite winning a prestigious physics-related prize at the university and ...
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PhD in X needed for academic career in X [closed]

I am based in Europe, and I am about to start my PhD. Europe refers to the set of countries I may want to work in: Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria. Is it formally necessary that I earn it in ...
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Recent competition in mathematics in European Ph.D. positions

I am a student from India and I have been trying to apply for PhD positions in pure mathematics for a few months now. After having many unsuccessful applications and discussing with a lot of my peers, ...
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Postdoctoral funding for scientists with career breaks

I've finished my PhD in pure math in October 2013, did four years of postdocs in applied math/machine learning applied to computational neuroimaging. Following that, I've worked in industry in 2018-...
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Should one cite other grants in a grant application?

This is referring mainly to the European setting, but of course perspectives from other academic systems are welcome. For grant proposals (let's say ERC Starting Grant level), it is important to make ...
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Would I get a PhD offer without reference letter? [duplicate]

I am putting this question because I have not seen a question that addresses if a candidate can get admission into Ph.D. without a reference letter. I am considering looking for PhD positions but I ...
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masters thesis format for PhD application [closed]

There is a particular PhD application I am currently applying to a professor but he needs a copy of my masters thesis. How do I go about uploading? Am I uploading the whole master's thesis as it is, ...
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International Recognition of MMath degree

I am currently weighing two options for my undergraduate study in mathematics, the University of Oxford and ETH Zurich. In Zurich, I would be graduating after three years with an Bsc., at Oxford I ...
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Am I eligible for a Marie Curie (MSCA) postdoc fellowship, given my details?

I'm a non EU citizen and a long term resident of France (holder of a ten year carte séjour = residence permit)), who received his PhD in mathematics from an American university in October 2013, and ...
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USA undergraduate seeking advice for PhD from Europe [duplicate]

I am hoping someone reading this can help me in this area. I am an Applied Chemistry undergraduate and I want to earn my PhD, however ,the PhD programs in the US are very long spanning about 5-7 ...
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Meaning of "Higher Education Entrance Qualification" in the application form of a german university

I am applying for a masters degree in Mathematics at a University in Germany. I already have done a bachelors in my home country X ( Bachelor of Arts with math as 1 of subjects)and a masters in my ...
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Will I be able to complete my PhD? Or should I search for other PhDs?

I have finished my Masters in physics in 2020. After two years of work experience as a research associate, I secured PhD at a good university. My adviser took me solely because of my old advisor's ...
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Could I ask an ex-advisor to show me the letter of recommendation he wrote for me?

Is it possible to ask somebody who wrote me a letter of recommendation to show me the letter? or is it impolite in academia? - The letter is a requirement to participate in a top networking conference ...
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How can I choose between two PhD offers when I'm feeling "biased"? [closed]

I have been offered two PhD positions (!) and I'm having trouble deciding between the two. I think they are fairly close in terms of the quality of the program itself (including advisor, department, ...
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Ph.D. admission in Nordic countries with mediocre grades w. good publications in unconventional fields [closed]

I have a master's degree in Geography and Urban Planning with mediocre GPA scores (15.5/20 or B). I graduated from a public university in the middle of nowhere that has a strict test system in which ...
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Marie Curie fellowship future possibilities

I am a non-european who started a PhD with a Marie Curie fellowship program, however, I have had problems with my supervisor and I was not able to find another supervisor during my first semester, so ...
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Will it hurt my chances if I separate the research and teaching experience in my full academic CV?

I'm applying for an assistant professor position to a certain university/institute in Netherlands, and I'm thinking of separating my research (academic/industrial) and teaching (academic) experiences ...
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Funding opportunities for small project collaboration between EU and US?

I'm a early career researcher in Italy (University of Bolzano) and I have a colleague who is Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute for Aerospace (private contractor of NASA at the ...
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Mathematics Office Hours in Europe

I am a BSc student of Mathematics in Austria. I've been studying more advanced courses on the side (diff geo) to further my knowledge. I would like to attend contact/office hours of some professors to ...
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I have completed 2 yrs of my PhD and I want to leave my toxic lab and transfer to a new one. How should I approach potential new advisors?

In my current position, my committee believes that I am by all metrics a successful student. I'm even working on two papers. But I've had to endure sexual harassment and working conditions that ...
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