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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How can I get paid for a PhD in Europe?

I'm confused: someone said that a PhD in Europe is free, someone said that you get paid. What's true? And how hard is to get a PhD salary in Physics in North Europe?
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Doing Bachelors degree in Maths as distant education for Phd in Mathematics or theoretical Physics after regular Master's in Optics

I finished my masters in Optics(5 years bachelors+masters together) recently. In the course I had to study subjects like Classical mechanics, Statistical Mechanics,Electrodynamics, Quantum physics and ...
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Shall I give a template to the rec-letter writer?

Many professors, specifically in China, wants students to provide at least a template (half-written letter). In US, is it similar? I've read an article from Harvard Business Review website saying that ...
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My PhD defense is next week and I am having negative thoughts about my work and knowledge. Any advice on how to tackle this?

I am presenting my PhD thesis in front of my committee next week and I feel that I have just not done enough. My work is simple and I also feel that I have poor theoretical foundations and am going to ...
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Will an advisor schedule a PhD defense just to get rid of an underperformed student? [on hold]

Last week, my PhD advisor commented that I can postpone my thesis defense for couple of months if I was not ready to defend. However, I was adamant of completing my defense this year. As a result, my ...
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SOP for someone with low research experience

I recently completed my Masters in atmospheric sciences from a university in India. Typically for most masters in India (as far as I know), research experience is hard to get by. I graduated in a ...
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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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What it feels like as a PhD student in math or computer science in the US [on hold]

I am currently an undergraduate in Canada, but I am interested in math/comp sci PhD in the US. I heard that an academically supporting environment(the environment of the school? of the department?) in ...
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Does failing in a different program affect graduate admission application? [on hold]

Previously, I posted a question regarding my failure in the graduate CS program. The majority of the answerers suggested me to retreat and restart with BSc in CS again. Currently, mainly because of ...
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Can it be viewed as a negative for PhD applications in the US if I have children?

I am currently working on PhD applications in Engineering to start in Fall 2020. I am in my late 30s and have one child. I am planning to apply to at least one quite highly-ranked school in the US. I ...
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Springer with Editor

I just submitted my paper to a Springer journal. The status changed to with editor and then decision process . I thought the paper will be rejected as it didn't pass the prescreening phase but the ...
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Will the research activity during my Master's program seriously impact my PhD or career path?

I've posted a few questions here seeking advice on my life as a first-semester graduate student. I have a question that is somewhat related to those, and also related to this question (What happens if ...
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How to get through the rigorous phase of PhD?

I am currently a PhD student working out research and also doing mathematics for my PhD research. Most of the time these days I spend on studying -- maybe 15 to 16 hours per day. I believe that I ...
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Doing a PhD or starting an industrial career? [closed]

I will finish my Master degree in electrical engineering (in Germany) soon, but at the moment I am quite unsure about my future after that. Quite some of my fellow students just joined the institutes ...
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Getting into new PhD after failing comps

Last summer I failed my comps/quals of my PhD program. I did not have a chance to take a second try, as my spring semester grades were poor. The first semester (fall) was good, though. I could not ...
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Presenting unpublished work at PhD defense. What will happen if the committee are excessively critical of the results?

I am about to defend my thesis and part of my presentation would involve results and conclusions from my two unpublished works. Personally, I am confident about the results and conclusions. My advisor ...
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TVöD pay scale for 1st year PhD in Bayern

In my contract, it says salary is according to "TVöD level 13". Can anyone tell me which table belongs to this category from all the tables in öffentlicher-dienst.info. There are many TVöD tables and ...
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What do you think of the reply and do you think he is interested in me and my application?

Recently i have been applying to various Ph.D. programs and i have approached many professors as my potential supervisors and among those, i applied to Harvard and this is what the Director of the ...
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I feel I've done enough for a PhD but my supervisor disagrees

I have been working on a PhD for over 6 years, and in that time have published 5 (conference) papers, each of which I intend to convert to journal articles after my PhD. My supervisor has been ...
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Where can I find funding for an assay that is part of my thesis? [on hold]

I am currently a PhD candidate. I proposed an additional assay (ELISA) for my thesis, but my lab does not have money to do so. I have search for research funding for pre-doctoral students without luck....
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Is Google Docs an appropriate tool to write a PhD thesis?

I am quite early in my PhD program, and am deciding on what tool to use to write my documentation, principally my thesis. My prefered tool would be markdown / latex, but my primary supervisor really ...
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Contacting a Professor for a PhD in the US (Engineering)

I am new around here so go easy on me :) this question is directed at anyone with experience with graduate studies in the US. A little background information about myself: I am wrapping my up my M.Sc....
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My PhD defense is next week. I feel that I have not done enough work to justify my time spent on the thesis. What can I do about this?

I spent 5 years on my mechanical engineering PhD. I think that my thesis work could have been done in 2 years by a serious student. I have wasted my time on futile work. I don't know how to justify ...
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When do I start contacting professors for PhD?

Although I have seen a lot of questions similar to this, my situation is substantially different. I want to pursue a Ph.D. but since the deadlines are soon approaching for this academic year (most of ...
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PhD offer: Confusion [closed]

Currently, I have offers from Two universities in Australia for a PhD. One is the Industry Project (a collaboration of Universities with university and Govt) and other one is Government-funded ...
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What is expected in a 5-minute presentation for a Phd interview?

I was called for an interview for a Ph.D. program. They asked me to prepare a 5minute presentation to give my view on how I would work as a researcher in their institution and how I would approach the ...
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Is doing two PhDs a good path?

I am studying a combined bachelor of engineering (electrical) and bachelor of mathematics; I just started this year and will graduate in 2018. The reason why I am doing double degrees and not a single ...
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Minimum thereshold for scholarship

I emailed a professor in Australia for a PhD program. In the response, and as a part of that, he told me "For scholarships, you need to be at least 85% and over". What does it mean? Is this refer to ...
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Do people with masters degrees have an advantage over undergrads in PhD admissions?

The pool of applicants for a PhD program consists of people applying straight after undergrad, and also people who have done masters programs. Do students with masters degrees have an edge over ...
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Which scholarship is better for international students to apply to U.S. Ph.D. programs? [closed]

I am a Japanese student who will apply to U.S. Ph.D. programs this year. I successfully acquired two external Japanese scholarships, but I should choose the one. Which do you think is better when we ...
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Effect of duration taken to get phd degree when applying to faculty positions?

In my university, PhD students usually talk 3 years to finish their thesis and got PhD. However, I worked very hard, and I finish all courses required and my thesis and I can get my PhD within two ...
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The choice between changing advisor or just ignoring her and do the PhD research alone?

I'am 2nd year PhD student and I'm in the phase of problem definition and exploration for my research. Other than research, I also do both RA (working on paper review, grants, etc) and TA jobs as well. ...
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Seeking advice on graduate school strategy (Computer Science Masters, followed by PhD, from non-traditional / not CS background) [closed]

I am applying for a Masters in Computer Science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence, from a non-traditional background. Afterward, I am targeting an interdisciplinary PhD after in AI, ...
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Applying to informal call for PhD students

My question is about PhD positions in computer science, in EU (non UK) countries. In many cases, websites of research groups/professors advertise PhD positions with something like: "We are constantly ...
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What is the best/most important form of publication in applied linguistics/language teaching? [closed]

I'm wondering what it is commonly considered to be of high value/importance amine the types of publications in applied linguistics/language teaching ? Is it journal article, conference paper, book ...
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How do European PhD interviews work when a candidate is not local? [on hold]

How do European PhD interviews work when a candidate is not local? Are virtual interviews common? Edit: In particular, I am interested in interviewing for a German CS position when I am in Slovenia.
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Book of Abstracts?

So the conference that I am going to present a paper is going to publish a book of abstracts. Is this considered the proceedings of the conference? Or can I still grab my paper and send to a peer ...
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Why do PhDs become homeless? [closed]

There is a concept circling in the air that doing a Ph.D. is a waste of time a Ph.D. is worthless and more But, today, the following comment caught my attention: I am asking this question, coz,...
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PhD CV with not experience in academia job

after many years of working on telecommunications for various companies, I decided to change my career to Linguistics, and language technology. to do this I graduated from BA in Modern Languages and ...
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The Page Rank effect of Academic recommendations for Graduate School

I am an undergraduate who comes from a relatively small department, with moderate research activities being done around. We don’t have any research lab or dedicated research personnels in my field of ...
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I got admited to a PhD program without a master degree. Does it hurt when I apply for a postdoc?

I am a graduate student in Sweden, and will present my PhD thesis next semester, and have several articles accepted/published. However, when I applied (and got admitted) I had only studied at the ...
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Eligibility for PhD in the USA

(Note: For international students) If someone has a gap of more than 3 years after obtaining a masters degree, are they eligible for a PhD in the USA?
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The Importance of First Impression in PhD Applications [closed]

I have worked in the industry for the past few years, but am now applying for PhD. I do not have any significant research papers, but can get a few good ones published this year. I have shortlisted a ...
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Do professors discuss about grad students (not necessarily their students)?

Do professors discuss about their PhD students or other PhD students and their performance or likelihood of being successful? Grad student community is much smaller than undergraduate community and ...
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Who decides authorship order?

I completed my Ph.D. a few months ago, but it was 4 years of a living hell. My PI was super abusive, I had severe depression and when I said I wanted to defend (6 months earlier than the deadline) ...
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Is it normal to feel a bit unmotivated at the start of PhD programme for not getting the exact topic of interest for my PhD?

I am a second year PhD student in Canada. My first year was spent pursuing courses and getting a hang on the PhD topic that I am supposed to work for the next 4-5 years. I always wanted to work in ...
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What should I tell schools when my supervisor sent me a recommendation letter and said she has no time to upload it?

I'm applying for Ph.D. programs so I requested a recommendation letter from one of my supervisors in my master's program. She directly sent me a strong recommendation letter in the email but said she ...
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What to do when a collaborator tells you that you need to change your thesis? [closed]

Thanks for reading my issue here, I appreciate your time. I'm in the second year of my PhD. When I joined the lab, my supervisor asked me to work on a huge project which is well-funded and ...
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A professor commented that my research is too simple as compared to my colleagues. What does that mean about my future prospects?

I gave a departmental seminar yesterday. It was a short 20 minutes presentation of my PhD thesis. I had presented two of my published works during the seminar. My research topic was to model an ...