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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What if i quit MSCA ITN PhD in the seond year? I have to pay back all the fellowship i received in the past (1.5 half year)

What if i quit MSCA ITN PhD in the seond year? I have to pay back all the fellowship i received in the past (1.5 half year). This is three year program. I am having very large problem with my ...
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Have not decided on thesis topic a year into PhD

I am starting this topic because I could not find any thread here describing similar experiences to mine (I would be grateful if anyone can link to to such threads, if it exists.) I am currently into ...
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Pros and cons of living in the same building as faculty members, during one's PhD

What are the pros and cons of living in the same shared apartment building that house faculty members? Some pros: It's an opportunity to network with faculty and spend quality time together, outside ...
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When do I tell my advisor that I'm leaving the PhD?

I am doing a funded PhD in humanities and don't really enjoy what I am doing (the topic and area). I applied for another PhD and got admitted. The problem is that I need to apply for visa and wait a ...
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Should I leave this PhD and start another one? Would I be in trouble?

I am currently doing a fully funded PhD in a European country. I just finished my first year. The topic is ok but i dont feel very passionate about it. I dont feel i connect with the topic even though ...
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When to start contacting possible PhD supervisors (Europe)?

Currently I'm a master in statistics student in a European country and I'm planning to graduate in June 2021. During my master's thesis, I became interested in doing research and therefore, I have ...
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Can a distance-mode PhD be upgraded to a Full-time PhD under the wish of supervisor? [closed]

We have general instances that a Full-time PhD can be converted into a Part-time PhD upon conditions. But my question is- Does the vice-versa occur ? The reason for asking this question is the ...
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Trouble coming up with a title for PhD dissertation - strategies? [closed]

This may be a question that is too open-ended for Academia SE, but I thought I would ask here. I have already consulted some online resources, but the solutions were not that helpful. How does one ...
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Questions about transcript and PhD admission

I recently received an email from a school that I applied to . They told me to resend the transcript since they could not see the grades. The problem is that my transcripts are long and it is easy to ...
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Changing research disciplines during Graduate school [closed]

I am about to start a masters on track to phd program at a graduate school in the US. I study archaeology and intend to focus my masters on a geoarchaeological research project. My archaeological ...
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What are my odds of being accepted for a PhD in Computer Science (distributed systems) at a decent US (or EU as plan B) University? [duplicate]

I have a BSc and MSc in CompEng from a normal EU university, both with highest degrees and honors. But I had a bad relationship with my MSc supervisor and I doubt he’ll write a presentation letter (...
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Did I make a mistake in being too honest in the PhD interview?

I had an interview on Tuesday on a PhD topic and during the interview I was a little nervous. I regret saying that I don’t like machine learning since the PhD topic requires using machine-learning ...
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When should one apply for a PhD in the UK? [closed]

In September 2021 I will be starting a Master's degree course in Economics, and I want to pursue a PhD after its completion. The Master's course finishes by September 2022. However this raises a ...
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Does rushing work in a PhD happen by nature (of the degree) or is it applied (by supervisor)? [closed]

A research paper may take several months to understand for a beginner, based on its complexity. Although a student is good with the required background in that broad domain, she has to understand ...
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Post nominal letters [duplicate]

I have recently graduated from my Masters postgraduate degree in MA Education and Social Justice. However, before this I graduated my undergraduate in Computer Science BSC (hons). When styling my post ...
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If I address which professor I want to work with in SOP for PhD application, what are the actual odds that I end up working with them? (pure math, US)

I am preparing for math PhD application next year, and I've seen many advice that it would be a good idea to address who I want to work with and what area of math I want to specialize in. But I was ...
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Considering leaving after three months [closed]

I am a PhD student sponsored by a company and considering leaving after three months. This is an opportunity offered by my supervisor because he has a good relationship with the company and the ...
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Last questions about thesis defence! [closed]

Next Monday I will defend my PhD thesis but I am a bit concerned about everything! Anxiety is driving me crazy. I consider my work 'just fine' since I have published four papers in peer-reviewed ...
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Has the pandemic changed opportunities for graduate funding for on-line PhDs?

In the past, I wanted to start a part-time PhD in History, but due to my geographic location and unwillingness to move, I realized there were no funding for a student like me. Usually if students want ...
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Is there any source where to find samples of Research Proposals?

I am going to apply to Statistics PhD but I am not deeply aware of the opportunities of research because of my different background. Is there any source of past research proposals or mock ones (maybe ...
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New PhD student: confusing roles of Principal Investigator, Supervisor and ex-Principal Investigator

5 months ago I began a paid position as PhD research assistant in Germany (in the humanities). The structure of the people involved has caused me some confusion. Immediately after beginning the ...
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Doing remote PHD while working full time in the field of computer science, possible? [duplicate]

I am working full time as a software engineer in some European country where public universities charge somehow high tuition fees and planning on doing PHD in the same field in another country where ...
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When do I say I can only start PhD late

I am applying for a PhD position in computer science in Europe. They specify a start date but say that it can be negotiated. Due to other circumstances, it is not possible for me to start until a ...
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How to explain why I am applying to a different PhD program without sounding rude?

I am currently in a PhD program wherein I like my advisers, but unfortunately due to the following issues I have found that I might be happier applying to another university: The university charges a ...
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How to convince a supervisor to accept me as PhD student although my master's is not in the same exact field?

I have a M.Sc. in optics and I want to acquire a Ph.D. in quantum photonics. Every time I apply for some position, the supervisor refuses because "I don't have a suitable scientific background&...
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Job interview for a PhD

I was recently invited to a job interview regarding a PhD. I was told to make a short presentation of a few ideas regarding the project topic. I also have received an overview over the project aims, ...
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Presenting skills in a presentation for a PhD position

I've got invited to a PhD interview in the field of computational physics. In the invitation mail I was told, among other things, that I should present my skills for about 5min. It is my first ...
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PhD in Mathematical Finance

I applied to a PhD program in Applied Mathematics, but was accepted to the PhD program in Mathematical Finance instead. It seems that one professor found my background in control theory and signal ...
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Bored with PhD - should I tell my supervisor?

I am in the fourth year of a part-time PhD. Lately I have found it very difficult to stay focused. I was really motivated at the start of this academic year, but my supervisor wanted me to do things ...
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Research interest for PhD application [duplicate]

I am applying for PhD programs in the USA, one of the schools requested a PhD research interest. The problem is I do not know how to write it. Also, they have requested a copy of masters thesis ...
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Is a low undergrad GPA a career killer? [duplicate]

I graduated with a 6.4/10 GPA from a Non-IIT University in India - BE in CS in 2019. I pretty much messed up during my early 2 years of UG while taking part in non-academics such as workshops and ...
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Should I always address both PhD supervisors in emails?

I am starting my PhD and have two equivalent supervisors at different universities in different cities. I am going to city A first and then later to B and so on. What is the etiquette regarding emails?...
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PhD application research interest

I am applying for PhD programs in the USA, one of the schools requested a PhD research interest. The problem is I do not know how to write it, and I didn't done any research in my masters degree, are ...
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Counting PhD years for Tvöd salary in Germany

I know about the calculation for the "Entgeltgruppe" and the following "stufe". My question is: if someone had a contract for, let's say, 3 years then this person needs 2 more ...
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Preparing a presentation for interview regarding a PhD position [closed]

I've got invited to a PhD interview in the field of computational physics at a german university. I was asked in the email to prepare a presentation (5min skills, 15min research achievements, 5-10min ...
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Is it bad to submit applications for two different degree programs in the same department of a same university?

I am referring to US graduate schools here. I am now having schools that I like very much, but I am not sure whether I can withstand the competition towards PhD admission so I am thinking about also ...
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French Doctorat vs Rest of EU PhD

What's the difference between a doctorat in France and a PhD in the rest of Europe in terms of hours of work, examinations required and publications. Thanks !
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Grad School Interviews with Multiple Programs at same School

I️ applied to 3 programs within the same school (2 of which are joint with another institution). All of the programs are related to my research interests, and the main professors I️ would want to work ...
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What makes a good engineering PhD topic and is this one? [closed]

(I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but it's the best I could think of) I am soon to graduate from my MEng and I am contemplating doing a part time PhD in the future. PhDs always ...
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Should I mention unfinished master work in my CV in order to show I have research experience?

I am going to apply a mathematics PhD in US or Canada. I am doing a master right now and I have quit a master degree before, which was a research-based degree in theoretical physics. In my CV or ...
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Do professors actively seek postdoctoral students for projects?

Recently a colleague hired a postdoc from a pool of several candidates who applied. This candidate had the most suitable skills for the job but failed to acquire some other relevant skills, and the ...
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My transcript has the wrong course names. How to fix this in PhD applications?

I took courses named A, B, and C during my master. They are all strongly related to the field I want to apply in, and I got top grades in them. Due to administrative reasons, my transcript shows ...
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Emailing supervisor after applying for phd to discuss about research problem and funding

I had contacted a potential supervisor regarding phd position in his lab. He was interested in my profile and advised me to apply for the program. I have applied for the program and informed him about ...
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Should I sound needy in my Statement of Purpose?

I am going to apply for a Ph.D. position in Europe and I am asked to write a 1200 words statement of purpose (SoP). I was wondering whether I should be cold and objective about past experiences and ...
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Doing research toward a Ph.D. degree versus doing research for commercial purposes

What is the difference between doing research toward a Ph.D. degree and doing research for developing a new product or technology for commercial purposes? Can those two purposes of research proceed ...
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Choosing between a funded PhD offer and a possibly funded one

I have been admitted into two PhD programs at universities A and B. A offered me funding, however B asked me to apply for state funding before discussing internal funding. The deadline to accept the ...
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Lack of research opportunities in Israel [closed]

I am currently researching where I would like to do my PhD. I have always been drawn to Israel (this has nothing to do with religion or politics or anything similar but rather with warm weather and ...
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Continuing Education PhD

With TA/RA stipends continuing to decrease relative to CoL, I'm wondering if there is any ongoing work to open up more PhDs with a continuing education model? I know some companies basically do this(...
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How to find new advisor after being let go

I'm a PhD student in US. I've been tipped by my advisor that I would be let go if I do not get results by a deadline. I am working on my options: Switch advisors: I have seen people switching ...
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Will trying to start a PhD late and after a gap of 4 years after my Masters, deteriorate my chances of getting admitted in a PhD program?

I am 30 years old now and I graduated with a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering when I was 26. I have worked in the industry after I graduated, in 2 companies for one year each and then in 1 ...

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