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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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How to know when academia is not for you?

Edit Thanks to all the people who read the question, I have devised a plan to hopefully solve my situation. But first, some stuff that I learn as a result of this post and talks that I have with other ...
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Will Chinese students applying for PhD in the U.S. be affected by the relationship between China and the U.S.?

I am Chinese, and I plan to apply for the 2022 Fall PhD in the U.S. I am confident with my research caliber and experience. However, I am worried about whether the terrible relationship between the U....
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Leaving Ph.D due to stipend

I am a direct PhD student in Turkey, currently in my third year (of five). Because of the pandemic and the associated sky rocketed inflation in country, I am unable to manage my life with the stipend ...
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Is Math Overflow representative of how theoretical research works in person?

I'm a prospective PhD student who has had little to non-existent experience in formal/theoretical research. As an engineering student, the workflow I am used to is to test an experiment, then to debug ...
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Where do graduates in Chemistry from small PhD programs in the U.S go?

I am gathering information about the universities I intend to apply later this year and I've noticed that even in small graduate programs, most faculty members come from top universities such as ...
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Can I get hired as a psychology professor if I get a PhD in educational psychology in an education department?

I'm interested in educational psychology and learning sciences. However, most educational psychology graduate programs are within the education department, not psychology. What's the difference ...
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Is it legally allowed to pursue an MBA while pursuing a PhD in Sweden?

The title says it all. To elaborate, In Sweden Ph.D. is being considered a formal job and students receive a monthly salary and pay taxes. Therefore, the question is specifically about whether ...
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What is the process for getting a non-EU PhD "validated" in Germany so I can continue working as university associated faculty?

I am a medical doctor in Bosnia and Herzegovina (which is not in the EU). I also hold a PhD title and am an associated professor on the medical faculty. I am moving to Germany (Oberbayern). I have ...
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PhD transfer from European to American University

I am a non-EU PhD student in a European country. I am 5.5 months into my program. However, I am facing a lot of issues adjusting to the social aspect. Due to the virtual nature of the setting, I haven'...
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From research in machine learning to pure math PhD

I am currently working as a research technician in applied math (machine learning) for a European institution that also does some research in pure mathematics. I find some research lines in pure math ...
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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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How to respectfully "correct" my supervisor even though normally I'm the one who needs a lot of help?

TL;DR I have made little progress in the time I started working as a PhD student (few months) and I need a lot of help from my supervisor (the professor). I get the feeling that I - or my lack of ...
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Self-studying during math PhD?

I am in graduate school pursuing a PhD in applied math. I study high dimensional probability/statistics, but most of what I do is theoretical. I am almost finished with course work (so the next years ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing a PhD project V.S. own dissertation?

In Europe, normally PhD students are going into two tracks -- taking a contracted PhD position with a given research project OR joining a well-structured PhD program to write up his/her own ...
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An academic CV for PhD applicants

I'm looking at some academic CVs by PhDs and professors. The focus seems to be long list of talks, conferences, publications and teaching experiences. I have none of these things. Whhat I have now of ...
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Will CS programs look favorably on an older applicant who already has a PhD?

Let's say a recent math PhD in his early 30s realizes he's unlikely to land another postdoc after his current one ends, and he decides he really liked being a grad student and he really doesn't want ...
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How to turn something negative to positive in SOP?

I did not pass my PhD candidacy twice and planning to apply at other institutes to pursue my PhD dream. In that case, should I mention my failure in candidacy to my SOP? If yes, how can I convert that ...
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working as lab Engineer in Germany

I got employed as a lab engineer In a university of applied sciences in germany. I originally come from Egypt. I'm very highly qualified and hold a PhD from the United States , in addition to years in ...
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Is it necessary to obtain NOC for completing in-service Ph.D in India?

I have a problem related to my in-service Ph.D.: I completed my Ph. D course work in March 2017, joined as an assistant Professor on 16 November 2017, got my Ph.D registration on 14 December 2017 ...
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Where to propose a joint PhD program

I am a mathematician, doing most of my research in dynamical systems. I would like to propose to an European academic partner to co-fund (50%-50%) a PhD position. Is there a place on the web where I ...
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How to organize the thesis chapter on literature review when there are only a few past works on the topic?

I have to include an individual chapter on literature review in PhD thesis. While going through the theses of seniors in the library, I found that typically the chapter is 30-40 pages long and covers ...
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Is it possible to work as an apprentice during a phd?

I am currently an undergraduate student in Japan hoping to major in Psychology in the second year. I am thinking about studying Clinical Psychology for a Ph.D. to become a forensic psychologist in the ...
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Apply for a second PhD in US in a related or same field

I seriously need advice. I did my first PhD in my home country (Italy) but it came out to be a disaster (no peer-reviewed pubblications, and none of them in my field), no support from my supervisor, ...
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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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Do PhD students at "prestigous" universities publish less as students?

I'm a 4th year PhD student in Education, and I'm noticing a trend that no one seems to be able to explain to me. I'm at a large state school (ranked ~30 in education, better in my discipline for ...
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Is it a good idea to cold-email someone in a museum to ask for PhD funding opportunity?

I am an international (non-EU) student and have been offered admission to an art history PhD program in an UK university. However, the offer does not come with funding, and I do not have the financial ...
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Can MEng Students Get R&D Jobs in Robotics Area in the US?

I got the Mechanical MEng offer of a top university a few weeks ago. I'm still not sure if I want to peruse a PhD but I do want a job about R&D related to robotics in the future. I'm sure there ...
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Dropping out of PhD in my home country to start a new one in the UK

I saw question similar to this but wanted to specify my problem. I did my Master in the UK and graduated in 2018 and decided to start PhD in my own country last year. As it took a little bit time to ...
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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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Submitted humanities PhD applications (US) but concerned with potentially wrong documents submitted

I recently applied to a few PhD programs in the US. Perhaps because of my drowsiness due to working late, I wasn't paying full attention when I was checking my documents (statements of purpose, ...
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What resources should a PhD student expect their advisor to have?

I am contemplating changing PhD advisors and wanted opinions as to whether I am being too critical and if there is any basis to my concerns. I am a little over a year into the PhD program and am with ...
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How to explain a change in research interests for an application for a doctoral position?

At the moment I'm writing a statement of research interest for a doctoral position in physics, more precisely theoretical quantum technology. The problem I have is that my master's thesis was mostly ...
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Am I wasting my research time?

I am dividing the question in to two parts. I will first tell about my experiences, (in this first part of my question), at different levels of my academics and the reason for selection of a ...
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In what sort of department can I pursue a PhD in fan behaviour?

I'm planning to do PhD on the Fan culture to be specific - A comparative study on the effects of Digital media on Football Fan behaviour on supporters of European football clubs in Indonesia and India....
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Defer and re-apply or attend?

I am set to begin a MS/PhD in an engineering discipline at a top 5 program. I mention this because, despite the concerns I will lay out below, I am sure that I'll be able to make good connections ...
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Is there a multi-supervisor multi-author PhD thesis culture anywhere in the world?

Current PhD training culture involves supervisor student relationship, atleast at my institute. There is a risk associated with single point failures that might arise as a result of testing a ...
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Leaving PhD program early, moving to industry and reapplying to others later

I am currently enrolled in a PhD program which involves a coursework component followed by a dissertation phase. I applied to the program under the suggestion of former research advisors who were ...
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switching fields from experimental chemistry to theoretical chemistry after PhD?

I am currently a second year PhD student in a 5 year direct-entry PhD program, studying experimental chemistry. Another important consideration is that I am on the first year of a 4 year top-tier ...
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Can a Ph.D. student, in the USA, work more than 20 hours per week?

I am a Ph.D. student in the USA. I have a contract with the university to work 20 hours a week. However, I have an idea and want to propose it to a company. Then, I sign a contract with them to do ...
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How to write a statement of purpose for a PhD project you do not understand?

I am trying to write a statement of purpose for a PhD position in physics in the UK. I have a master’s degree in physics which is the standard requirement for such a position. I have been interested ...
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Do grad schools let you know whether you get a place and funding at the same time?

I know that there are often two processes after a PhD interview: the school will decide whether (1) you get a place; (2) whether you get funding. From your experience, did you hear back from your ...
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How to increase the chance for PhD admission while I am working?

I graduated as MSc. of Software Engineering in 2017, and then I started my career in the industry as "software tester". I am going to apply for the Graduate School of Decision Sciences in 2 years. ...
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How much political influence is involved in the academia in Poland?

I heard that Polish national politics influences the appointment of tenured positions in their universities. E.g. if some party is in power, they would like to see somebody loyal to them as the head ...
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As an American, if I get a Master of Modern Languages in Italy, how hard would it be to get into an American PhD program?

As an American, if I get a Master of Modern Languages in Italy, how hard would it be to get into an American PhD program? My end goal is to be a professor of one or two languages at an American ...
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Can an application for a PhD after an undergraduate program be considered for MS if the profile fits it better?

I am applying for a PhD under a professor whose interests strongly match with mine and I don't want to lose an opportunity to work with her. My profile is not so strong for a PhD as compared to a ...
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Advice about letters of recommendation for Phd application

I'm a relatively old student (29F) Currently applying for PhD positions in ecology, mainly in Europe. Many applications encourage adding 3 letters of recommendation. I have two solid ones related to ...
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Transferring to a new PhD program. How to explain lack of ability to find funding in application?

I have completed 1.5 years of a PhD program and I am told now that there is no funding left for me to continue. I am looking for new departments to apply to. How should I explain this situation in my ...
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PhD interview presentation (invited)

I've got invited to a lab seminar. I am so excited and nervous, too. I applied for the same research group before, and unfortunately, I was not selected after short presentation and interview at a ...
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Does your areas of research matter for graduate school?

I know research is important for a Ph.D. program, but I'm wondering if research in a not-very-related field is still as useful? For example, in the past I've done research in bioinformatics. I'm ...
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Is it feasible to quit a PhD program, do an MS (or two) for better qualification, then begin again?

I am in my first year of a finance PhD at a top 25 program. I could get through the program and get an okay job, but my goal isn't just to be another professor, I want to be absolutely outstanding, ...

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