Questions tagged [phd]

Questions about the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, including requirements such as dissertations and university programs leading to a Ph.D.

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I am employed full-time with a part-time PhD. Can I take up an internship and get paid in my home country to bypass limits on number of hours worked?

I am working as an International research assistant in a public organization in Germany. I am also doing a part-time PhD from a different university, and the topic of the PhD is different. So, I am ...
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Is supervisor bound to clarify the technical queries of a Ph.D. researcher?

Summary: are PhD advisers obligated to help with technical questions / tasks that PhD student is trying to solve? This question arose due to my confusion regarding the role of a Ph.D. supervisor. I ...
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What exactly are PhD positions (UK)?

Often I've read here about people applying to PhD "positions" in the UK. In my search for PhD positions (CS & Statistics), I've seen: Generic PhD programs at research groups Generic PhD ...
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What does it mean for a (assoc.) professor to have very few first-author publications while directing a lab/group?

I've stumbled upon various professors (R1 universities in CS) having almost no first-author publications for multiple years while directing (or co-directing) their research groups/labs. From the ...
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How do I justify studying an effect found in an underdeveloped country when it has been found and studied in developed countries? [closed]

I am finding it challenging to motivate my chapter, in particular, why I have to study for a behavioral effect that influences prices in a underdeveloped country, when it has been reported in other ...
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German PhD in Psychological Sciences ---> Transferability to the United States

Without going too much into my background, I am an American who will soon complete a masters degree in psychology/neuroscience in the United States. I am 29. I am still unsure of my ultimate career ...
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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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Maths or Applied Maths? Which should I choose in I.Sc. to study engineering in future? [closed]

I have been asking many people but i didn't get exact answer any time. What should i read , 'maths' or 'applied maths' for studying engineering in future. Hope i got the exact answer. Or, suggest me ...
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Likelihood of getting into an observational cosmology Ph.D. as a physics major [closed]

I am a physics and mathematics major and might likely apply to an observational cosmology graduate program after graduation. However, I haven't taken any astronomy or cosmology courses yet. What are ...
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Is pursuing an Master at another institution while being a PhD student prohibited in general? [closed]

Are PhD students prohibited from pursuing a Master degree from another institution?
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How to participate in online discussions, meetings and conferences?

I am a Master's degree student in India. I am interested in Differential Geometry (mainly, Hyperbolic Geometry) and Topology. I am keen to apply for PhD in Foreign schools. I have read in Academia, ...
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Working on external grants during one's PhD

Scenario: Person A is an incoming Phd Student at University X. Person A is then offered an opportunity for a 3 year project part of another research group from University Y which does not mandate him ...
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Should you briefly discuss your research proposal's framework/objectives in your personal statement for your PhD application?

I am drafting my personal statement for my application to a PhD program at a university in the US. This university, like many other universities in the US, does not require PhD applicants to submit a ...
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How to join PhD in Mathematics in France? [closed]

I am interested in joining a PhD program in Mathematics in France. Now I am a Master's degree student in India. My research interests include Differential Geometry (in particular, Hyperbolic Geometry)....
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Doing PhD in Germany vs the Netherlands

I am planning to apply for a Ph.D. grant. I have two options, one in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the other one in Stuttgart, Germany. The one in Amsterdam is 38h per week. The remuneration is €2,395 ...
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How is the PhD system in Turkey?

I met someone who graduated from Firat University in Turkey, and claimed to have published 60 journal articles in his 3 years of PhD studies (2015-2018). Although I haven't studied in Turkey or Asia(...
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Gap between conducting the research and publication [closed]

how to justify the time gap (of 3 years) between data collection and publication of the findings for a PhD?
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What are the computer science skills used (if any) in HEP experimental or observational cosmology programmes?

I am currently an undergrad junior majoring in physics and mathematics and will likely apply for a high energy experiment or observational cosmology PhD programme after graduation. I have heard quite ...
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How to get feedback from my supervisor about me

I'm a first year PhD student in mathematics. One day I was having some conversation with my supervisor and we got to a point where he casually mentioned about his other students and said that one of ...
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How to give advice when asked “Should I do a PhD program?”

There are many posts here with situation specific asks for advice on should one obtain a PhD, try a different PhD program, etc. As someone who recently finished a PhD, I have been asked by students, ...
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Should I do a second PhD after a bad one? [duplicate]

I am expected to finish my Ph.D. by the end of the year and I am seriously considering going for a second one. After finishing my master's in Biomedical Engineering, I became interested in Machine ...
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Could I include non-academical projects to my CV for phd application?

I have just joined this community and I am going to apply for a CS PhD for Fall 2022. Currently, I am preparing my CV. Since I have been working in the industry as a software engineer for roughly five ...
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Should I avoid telling my PhD supervisor that I have started taking antidepressants (due to some issues in my personal life)?

I have not been having a good time in my personal life over the last ~9 months, and I’m currently having therapy (fortnightly) and taking antidepressants. I don’t have a depression diagnosis but I ...
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Can I copy (verbatim) my own arxiv paper into my thesis? [duplicate]

I wrote an arxiv paper during PhD, first author. I have a major chapter in my thesis on that paper and I would like to use the arxiv paper verbatim. Is it OK, to do that? I'm quite unclear about how ...
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MS or PhD with publication records?

I have an above-average undergraduate GPA (7.5/10.0, top 20% of my class), but it is not exceptional. I have top scores in all my labs, but my written test scores are all over the place. However, I do ...
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Even if I already have a master's in clinical psychology, can I apply for another master's in another field of psychology in a different country?

I have received my education in a back to back format, school then bachelor's and immediately after that, master's in clinical psychology. Currently I'm working as a school counselor. It sounds lame ...
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I fear academia may not be for me. What should I do? [duplicate]

I've grown to realise that despite being nearly a year in, I've made little (if any) progress towards completing my objectives and it feels like I'm working in a vacuum since I'm not allowed back on ...
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Postdocs or RTDa/b positions and a question on PhD acquired outside of Italy and equivalence with the Italian title

Is it necessary to have obtained the "equivalence" of Ph.D. acquired in another country (Germany in my case) to the Italian title before applying for postdocs or RTDa/b positions in Italy? I ...
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Age discrimination in Academia and PhD completion age [closed]

In the recent years I have observed more often some existing limits on the age of a person pursuing an academic career and in the postdoc years spent after the PhD. For example, it is very common to ...
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Is dating other PhD students a terrible idea if I want to stay in academia longterm? [closed]

In his book “Good work if you can get it: How to succeed in academia”, Jason Brennan advises aspiring academics against dating other PhD students while on graduate school. Of course, I know that ...
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Do academics charge for talks at student societies? As a PhD student, should I ask for some honorarium when giving a talk at a student society?

I am a first year PhD student. I have been invited to give a talk at a student society in my own university (so no travel costs, etc). I am wondering whether I should ask for a small fee when giving ...
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Cannot find a research group for my PhD program before fall 2021

I am a 1st year physical chemistry graduate student in an American University. I was admitted in September 2020, but I actually started the program in April 2021 due to the visa and pandemic issues. ...
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What is the best way to approach a PhD advisor to give them advice on how to improve their supervision?

I am a PhD student in biosciences the U.K. and I am almost about to finish. I have a great relationship with my supervisor and overall they have supported me very well. However, there are some things ...
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What are PhD welcome events like?

I was invited to the online welcome event for my cohort. There supposed to be some greetings from faculty and current students as well as Q&A session. Apart from that what should I expect from ...
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Applying to a Math PhD program in 2021 fall [duplicate]

I am currently a rising senior pursuing a math major at a well-ranked university. In my first two years, I did not stand out in my math classes, receiving B's in most classes and a C in an analysis ...
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Supervisor cancels PhD students' salary when he feels productivity is low; what to do?

My friend's PhD supervisor (CS in EU) is severe to the point of cancelling a month of salary when he feels productivity rates are not met by his students. Given that the students are just starting (4 ...
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Does not having yet completed my master's thesis decrease the chance of acceptance for a PhD position?

I had a PhD interview (bioinformatics) a month ago. I was a master student during the time the interview happened and I am still a student. During the interview I was asked when I officially want to ...
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Interdisciplinary PhD: How to connect dots

I've started researching in an interdisciplinary PhD with almost complete independence. The problem is my background (computational engineering) is way different from the main theme of my current ...
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Can I share my recent published article to my prospective supervisor?

I am applying for Ph.D. in US universities and for that I already wrote a professor with my CV, asking if he has any vacancy in this lab or not. His reply was positive and encouraged me to apply. So I ...
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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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How to demonstrate ability to operationalize research during interview

One of the feedback I received after my PhD interview failure was that " there is not enough evidence of ability to operationalize the research". So how can I clarify my capability of ...
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Grades for PhD admission, what grades (B.Sc or M.Sc) are of most importance in Europe (STEM)?

My B.Sc GPA currently stands at 4.33/5.00 and my M.Sc is projected at 4.90/5.00. I am kind of freaking out, because of my low B.Sc GPA. I have ran through walls to compensate for it with my M.Sc GPA ...
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Are my chances of getting into a PhD program better if I do not need funding?

I searched the site and couldn't find any information on this topic so I thought I would ask myself. I have been at work for quite a while now and am fortunate that they have offered to support me ...
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Does it make sense to contact potential PhD supervisors after having submitted the application?

I already submitted my application and they are about to start interviews, however learning more about the faculty I found a potential supervisor and I would like to know whether there are chances ...
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Should I write an email to my potential supervisor before interviewing?

I've just got into the interview selection of PhD funded program. As I failed another university interview just a week ago, I am quite apprehensive about this upcoming one. As I've read about ...
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Having problem in getting LOR for higher study because of my corrupted undergrad thesis supervisor

I am an engineering graduate in Bangladesh. During my undergrad thesis, my supervisor took students for working on a topic that was for the first time in our department but he didn't help any of his ...
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Starting PhD, university says I don't have to sign contract

I am starting my PhD in three weeks in Denmark. In Denmark, it is usual that PhD students are formally employees of the university but also have student status. I have received recently my employee ...
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My supervisor often forwards me predatory submission invitations, how can I react appropriately?

My supervisor (a professor and head of a research institute) is otherwise very competent, accomplished and a well respected and renowned expert in his field. Yet, he keeps on forwarding me emails with ...
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How to tell my advisor that I didn't get much progress this week gracefully

Me and my advisor have weekly meetings. But this week, I didn't have much progress so we won't have much to discuss. I want to cancel the meeting. How to gracefully express that "I don't have ...
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Should you decline an invitation for a PhD application interview if you missed the scholarship application deadline?

I applied to a PhD program a few weeks after the university's deadline for this year's scholarship, TAship, and RAship application passed. The application for a scholarship from external funding ...

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