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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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Doctoral stay in foreign university

I am a PhD student in my second year, and I am thinking about doing a doctoral stay in some foreign university with a group that works on the same topic as I am. I do know about some interesting ...
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Introducing myself to researchers from my dream school

I am applying to a PhD program in a few weeks, and I am also going to give a presentation at an upcoming international academic conference. I heard that a group of researchers from my dream school is ...
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Asking my PhD advisor for a postdoc position. Is it bad to appear desperate?

I am soon to defend my PhD thesis in computational materials science. I have just two publications, which I believe is the most important reason for getting no response from postdoc applications. The ...
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How to effectively ask a professor for supervision/collaboration (PhD Program) [duplicate]

Probably the first step towards applying for a PhD program is to find a professor who has enough interest/resource(s)/willing for the supervision. I know some of the rules (including attaching CV and ...
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Regarding asking for writing about some courses in my CV in which I got bad grades due to my non interest in those courses

I am a masters student in an Asian country and I am looking for applying for PHD Position in Europe in pure mathematics. During my masters in my Institute I had a lot of applied maths courses and in ...
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How to pursue an MD/PhD in France after BS from the US?

I am currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in biochemistry in the US. I would love to pursue an MD/PhD, but I want to move to France as soon as possible. I have never lived there, but have the ...
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Chances of admission for a PhD program with high WAM (GPA) for masters but an average GPA for undergraduates (A unique case) [on hold]

I have completed a Master of IT specializing in cybersecurity at an Australian University ranked around 200 - 250 in the world for computer science and IT. In my master's, I achieved a Weighted ...
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PhD after bachelor's degree timeline

I'm currently in the last year (aka 3rd - 2019/2020) of my bachelor's degree, and I'm planning to apply for a PhD in the US, just after earning my degree. Assuming everything goes nicely for me, then ...
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How to tell my research advisor I'd like to drop a class?

I'm currently in my first semester pursuing a PhD in Computer Science.
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How to refer to relationship with a “research mentor” in PhD application?

This professor is not my official thesis supervisor. I have taken his class. I often discuss research with him and has sent him my work which he read and discussed with me in depth. So he is going to ...
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How should I tell my professor that I want to quit my integrated program midway?

I'm currently enrolled in an MS/PhD integrated program (computer science) at a university in Korea and I just started my first semester. My undergrad is at the same university, by the way. I've ...
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How to work with relocation issues during phd?

I have worked for 3years as phd researcher at universityin country A. Because of some critical family relocation issues, i had to move to my family in country B. My maximum research work is done but ...
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Searching for a PhD director [on hold]

I am trying to search for a PhD director who specializes in what I'm interested in search. Preferably, I'm searching for someone from a top-notch university. Do you have any recommendations how to go ...
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Decision paralysis: MSc or PhD [on hold]

Looking for advice on making a decision between studying for a MSc degree versus PhD. My thoughts are going around in circles to the point of decision paralysis. The main contingency is that I am ...
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Have there been any recent studies on the effect of age on PhD success rates in the US?

I think the title is fairly self-explanatory. I am wondering if any recent studies (past 20 years or so) have been published that look at possible correlations between age and the 'success rate' of ...
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Is PhD in Mathematics with B.Sc. knowledge doable? [on hold]

I have only B.Sc. level knowledge of Math. I also have a M.Sc. but in Computer Science. Formally, I do have M.Sc. with a grade that qualifies me for a PhD study. I can also convince my employer to ...
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Choosing the best fit sentence to mail prospective PhD supervisor

I am applying for a PhD scholarship which was posted on the university website and for that, I am writing mail to the professor. I have written about my background, academics, interests and experience....
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Individual contribution to PhD thesis as a part of bigger project

I have a question related to the personal contribution to PhD thesis (physics, materials science), when it was a small part of a big project and there were no real hypothesis or problem in your thesis ...
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positioning yourself for research positions after graduating from a PhD in a different country

I asked this on Reddit also but didn't get any responses so I am trying here. I am a first year PhD student thinking about how I can start to better position myself to get a research position after ...
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PhD (at Oxford) vs staying at in the industry (Facebook) for a ML student? [closed]

I am 26 years old and I got an offer for a PhD in Machine Learning at Oxford. However, currently I am a software engineer at Facebook and I am living a very well-off lifestyle. I applied for the PhD ...
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What are some lifestyles that you have adopted in order to excel in academia? [closed]

So the basic idea is that I want to become a theoretical physicist in the future( in 12th now)and with those conditions, I understand that a person requires originality creativity intuition and good ...
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Low-ranked M.S and unimpressive transcript: is a second Bachelor's worth it?

There are lots of questions about taking a second Bachelor's degree on this website, and the answer is usually that it's not worth it, because It's expensive. Performing well in a low-ranked program ...
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Should one introduce past work in PhD statement of interest?

I wrote my statement of interests where one paragraph is dedicated to discuss my past works. But I wonder if that is necessary because it feels like repeating abstracts from the papers. And probably ...
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Medically undiagnosed condition: how to inform?

I am currently a final year grad student. Sometime last year, I developed severe pain in one of my hands which led to a lot of time lost. I have seen some of the best doctors in the country for my ...
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After trying hard, I feel that I am in a wrong research field. How can I get over the nagging feeling that I have chosen a wrong field of research?

Research is hard, and I am aware of that. As an experimentalist turned into a modeling person, I am having second thoughts about the decision I made 5 years ago. Currently, my research is focused on ...
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Is it okay to publish your entire work of PhD in low tier?

I am a PhD student works in theoretical computer science(Algebra). I have been working on my PhD project from last five years. I am very much interested in my work. During my Ph.D there were not ...
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For Ph.D application, which admission system used in Australia? Is it the same as US/Canada, UK, or EU?

Some questions before said that in US/Canada, we should apply first then select the professor and it's different from the system in UK or EU. So, what about Australia or New Zealand?
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For those who study in the humanities, have I made a mistake in doing my Master's abroad?

I'm an American student currently earning a Master's in American cultural studies in Germany. Why study American culture in Germany? Firstly, I wouldn't have been able to afford a U.S. Master's in ...
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Must I share my transcripts with my supervisor? [closed]

I am in the data analysis phase of my Phd Dissertation. My supervisor has demanded that I share my transcripts with them so they can "help me" analyze my data. I do not want their help analyzing my ...
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UG Research Advisor Not Willing to Write LOR to support my transfer application. How to proceed?

This post is related to my situation Dropping Out And Applying Somewhere Else . After explaining to my undergraduate research advisor that I withdrew from my PhD program (1 month in) and that I ...
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What is some pre-requisite information one should know before applying to a CS grad school in the US? [closed]

I am a junior who is going to apply to a CS grad school(hoping to specialize in programming language theory) next fall. I had some generic questions about the admissions process that is not so easy ...
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Opening of applications for PhD in computer science at UCL,King's College London [closed]

I am a Master's student studying computer science in India. I will be applying for a PhD in computer science in the UK beginning in October 2020. UCL and King's college have not updated any details ...
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At a loss after enrolling into PhD programme [closed]

I am currently into my first semester into my PhD program and at this point I am just at a loss. At universities like mine, we can enroll into PhD programs after graduating with a Bachelors and bypass ...
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Received comments from reviewers with major revision. Is it worth pursuing? [closed]

I recently received the reviewer comments for the work submitted to a decent journal. In the comments, the reviewers advised me to revise the manuscript. The editor noted that "If you are prepared to ...
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Dropping Out And Applying Somewhere Else

I am a student in a top 10 engineering Ph.D program. After arriving at my current program a month ago, All of my professors of interest were not willing to take me in and I was given the option to ...
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Should I change my Ph.D. department to better reflect the nature of my project? [closed]

I am in the first year of my Ph.D. program and, if everything goes well, in the end I will get my Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. The problem is that my project, beside finding application to building ...
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Immatrikulation and PhD in Germany

Do PhD students (who work as research/teaching assistant and get paid according to the TV-L E13 bracket) in Germany get an official student enrollment from the university 'Immatrikulation'?
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Options for research opportunity

BACKGROUND I am working as a faculty member in the CS department of engineering university of a South Asian country for the last couple of years. I have done my masters from another  Asian country. ...
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How do I make submitting letters of recommendation to multiple institutions easier for my supervisors?

I presently work for a biotech company in biotech manufacturing with some other duties (QA/starting a research project) thrown in. I graduated with my bachelors degree in 2010 and am 31 now, and now ...
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Should I finish my PhD? [closed]

I have one more year until finishing my PhD. I feel that I will have a mediocre PhD thesis, at best. I feel like quitting, and I had this feeling even from the start of the PhD. I felt even from the ...
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Transferring PhD programs due to parent's sickness

I am a PhD student that has just started my third year in a scientific field. Since I have started my program, my mother has been diagnosed with a serious form of cancer. It has recently gotten worse ...
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Changing PhD Programs? What to put in my application? (UK-based)

Background: I started my PhD a few months ago. I haven't actually been trained to do anything because they say they don't have the time for it. I've been understanding but I'm becoming very ...
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Supervisor demanding impossible workload at the very end of my PhD. Considering change of supervisor [closed]

I am a PhD student in computer vision and I managed to publish 2 conference papers (one as first author and other as co-author) as a side project, since I had low quality data during my PhD. ...
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Is academia right approach in order to implement an idea presented in my MSc Thesis? [closed]

On my Master's I had an idea and made the following thesis proposing an new idea in order to offer a more user-friendly Privacy Enchanhing Technology, https://is.gd/YUUFLE . Hence, in order to ...
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What if you can't publish in very high impact journal or top conference during your PhD?

I am a year 2 PhD student doing my research in the area of time series analysis. Since year 1, I'm always aiming to publish in high impact factor journal (Impact factor >= 7) or top conferences, maybe ...
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Applying to a psychology PhD with only neuroscience research experience

I am currently unsure whether I want to do my PhD in psychology or neuroscience so I'm applying to both programs. The issue is that all of my previous research experience is exclusively in ...
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Re-applying PhD after already starting one [closed]

I would like to re-apply for PhD at top US schools, after already (1 month in) starting PhD at a good (non-US) school. The program starts with a preparatory year, so theoretically I am not committed ...
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Writing Sample Topics: Applying for History Phd

I am planning on applying to History Phd programs, and while I would love to apply for to enter next academic year, I am worried about my writing sample. For my university's honors program, I wrote a ...
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Teaching advanced courses in a specialized area of math [closed]

Today mathematics (and probably also other sciences) became very specialized: every researcher works in their own narrow field which usually hardly interacts with fields of other colleagues, even on ...
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Can I do Part III of the Mathematics tripos as a part of my PhD in Cambridge University? [closed]

I am physics master's student in India. I wish to do my PhD in theoretical physics in the Applied Maths department at Cambridge (DAMTP). Can I apply for a PhD and do Part III as a part of it (akin to ...