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 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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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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Which scholarship is better for international students to apply to U.S. Ph.D. programs?

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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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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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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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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Seeking advice on graduate school strategy (Computer Science Masters, followed by PhD, from non-traditional / not CS background) [on hold]

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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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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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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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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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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How do European PhD interviews work when a candidate is not local?

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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What is the best/most important form of publication in applied linguistics/language teaching? [on hold]

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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The Importance of First Impression in PhD Applications [on hold]

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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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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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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Why do PhDs become homeless? [on hold]

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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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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Will my maths grades matter when applying for a PhD in Physics? [on hold]

I am student studying masters(Physics) currently and I have great grades here. But I failed math courses and physics courses in my freshman year due to depression. I retook the physics and math ...
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Super, not stellar, Computer Science PhD programs [closed]

So it's not hard to find a list of the top-rated PhD programs in CS. What I'd like to hear about are the departments that may be lesser-known, but still offer great grad experiences. I'm primarily ...
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What to do when a collaborator tells you that you need to change your thesis? [on hold]

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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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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PhD program turned into Bait-and-switch

I accepted a PhD offer from a major public research university in the US this year. However, turns out that the university makes students compete for funding and try to join a group in the first month ...
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Possibility of getting a Computer Science / AI PhD in 2 years or less in the US?

I've heard a lot of horror stories about PhD programs taking several years, and that US universities typically force you to go through many steps before you're able to be considered for graduation. I'...
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Poor grades in courses related to my PhD thesis. Is that an indication to my research and future academic career potential?

My PhD research will be in numerical modeling of Selective laser melting (SLM) process. I will be using finite element method, Fortran and python programming and a bit of machine learning in my ...
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Lots of issues with my PhD research. I am lost about the direction to take in the future [closed]

My materials science PhD in a US university was an independent work. My advisor was there to just serve as a bouncing board and provide funding. Initially, I worked on many topics but started ...
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What are the criteria that determine if a research group/professor is actively pursuing research?

While searching for research groups pertaining to my area, I came across one that matched my interests well. But in the publications page, the most recent paper was written in the year of 2015, which ...
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I believe my PhD dissertation was unfairly graded too low (cum laude): what should I do?

I recently completed my Ph.D. in Germany. I believe my dissertation was evaluated extremely unfairly. For my dissertation, I published seven papers in high-impact international medical journals (IF ...
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In mathematics, is it a problem if all research is joint with senior co-authors?

If a mathematics postdoc's publications are all co-authored with established senior co-authors (e.g. advisors), could it be a problem when applying for tenure-track jobs? I wonder in particular if ...
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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 ...
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How can I help to participate in data collection or research work as a field researcher? [closed]

To clarify my question, due to length limitations in question part. For PHD, Researcher allowed to take part as research subject for data collection/analysis? How to include personal accounts of/...
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Does my Anthropology PhD topic have to be the same as my Masters topic?

I have a MSci in Social and Cultural Anthropology. While doing the masters, I chose a thesis topic that I ended up hating. I finished the thesis regardless and graduated with merit. I want to now ...
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How many articles should a PhD candidate in applied linguistics /humanities optimally publish during their PhD? [closed]

I'm just wondering of how many publications /articles a phd student in applied linguistics /humanities should optimally publish during the course of their studies? I'm talking about what would ...
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Chance of applying as a prospective PhD student in semesters [closed]

Is it usual that the chance for a PhD student that aims to apply for the second semester of the educational year (i.e. spring semester) and sends his/her application for professors may be lesser than ...
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Value of undergraduate research without publication on PhD applications (CS)

Next fall, I will begin the process of applying for PhD programs in CS. I have been involved in research labs ever since I came to this university two years ago, but to this day, there hasn't been an ...
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Are delays and 'being stuck' normal in PhDs, and how much should I work to compensate?

I'm doing a PhD in Computer Science in France (completed 10 months out of 3 years), and I am annoyed at how slow I am to produce results. Long story short, I have explored various potential ...
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PhD supervision in the Netherlands: what ranks can supervise?

I've heard word that in the Netherlands only a professor/hoogleraar can supervise PhD students but I've found little to solidly confirm this. I've also heard that in practice, other arrangements are ...
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Can a PhD student apply for another PhD program in some other university?

Would it make a negative impact on my PhD application if they get to know that I am already enrolled in PhD and now applying for another program in their University?
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Finishing with only 2 papers (both co-authorship)

So, I am about to gain my PhD degree in Biochemistry (Cancer biochemistry) in december. But I'll have finished it only with 2 papers (3rd one, which is the one totally about my thesis project is due ...
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Is it possible to do two PhD's in the same field one after another? [duplicate]

I am PhD student in an area of business in India. I am dissatisfied with the coursework and research guidance available at my university and feel that I won't be a very good PhD post completion of ...
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If PhD programmes prepare the candidate for research, why do teaching positions require it?

Example, example. From the first example: The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor of Teaching (Lecturer with Potential ...
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Should I still apply for a phd if the PI can't confirm if he is able to fund?

I have found a potential advisor that is keen on advising me for Phd and has offered to fund me. However, he isn't sure if he has sufficient funds and budget to do so (something he is still figuring ...
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Is it possible to save a (science) PhD in 10 months?

In short: I am starting my fourth year of PhD, and my funding is running out in roughly ten months. I could use some advice about how to make the most of the time I have left, in particular to make ...
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Is it permissible to ask the advisor if she has funding to support me as a postdoc for a year?

I am about to defend my thesis and I have not yet secured a postdoc position elsewhere. I want to ask my PhD advisor if she can support me as a postdoc till I secure a position elsewhere. Usually in ...
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Neglected many aspects of knowledge during my PhD research. What's the best strategy to learn and be comfortable in it?

My question is very vague. I just realized that there are many aspects of my research field that I have very limited knowledge in but would like to explore as a future research direction. Is it too ...
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How to move forward to PhD with failures in masters?

I had BSc + MSc in IT without thesis from my native country "A". I had an ambition to do PhD in CS. So, First, I got enrolled in MSc in CS program in a university "X" in a country "B". I left the ...
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Supervisor getting another PhD student with the same project?

I just started a PhD supervised by a clinician and a bioinformatician. The bioinformatician informed me they have received funding to get another PhD student to work on the same disease/ broad ...
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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 ...