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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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What are the academic career prospects for someone in their late 30's starting a PhD?

I'm in my late 30's and started a Ph.D. program and am wondering what my academic career prospects are. From my understanding, after the Ph.D., there are 2-3 years of postdoc, then 4-6 years of tenure-...
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Is certified translation of diploma an absolute necessary? [closed]

I will apply for a Ph.D. position, and the university is asking for an English version of my transcript record and diploma. My diploma/transcripts records are in French and the cost of a certified ...
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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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How open should I be with my PhD supervisor about the problems in my personal life?

My marriage has been going through some problems in the last year which has affected my PhD. My supervisor has been very understanding and was keen for me not to interrupt and granted me a two month ...
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What is the difference between a “research plan” and a “research proposal”?

Online sources often use "research plan" and "research proposal" interchangeably. Two months after getting accepted into a PhD program, I was asked to do a research plan. Is this the same as doing a ...
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“In the event of failure, the candidate will be asked to withdraw from the Graduate Program.”, How is it different from being fired?

This is from a document explaining the procedure for the comprehensive exam for entering the Ph.D. candidacy at my school. It mentions that the potential candidate should withdraw from the Ph.D. ...
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How can I get a 5000-6000 USD or Euro net monthly payment for a second PhD or postdoc?

I'm 43 years old, Mexican, chemist (bachelor diploma in 2002) and hold a master's diploma in electrochemistry (2006, conducting polymers) and a doctor in science diploma (2010, exfoliation of carbon ...
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Quitting PhD 2 years into a 3-year program

I'm currently in a 3-year (European) PhD program in Computer Science/Machine Learning, but I feel like I'm very far behind schedule. I started on a very open-ended project proposal and grant, which I ...
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How much does the academic family tree matter for a PhD?

I remember my MSCS advisor often refers to his "academic grandfather" (his advisor's advisor Dr. Leonard Kleinrock) as the person who sent the first data packets. Although distant, I think it is cool ...
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Very short phd interview presentation in just 2 slides [duplicate]

I have been invited for a phd interview and I was asked to prepare a 4 minute presentation with a max of 2 slides only on myself and my research interests. The fact that it's extremely restricted in ...
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If, where and how to talk about personal problems during master in PhD application

I am applying to become a PhD student in some institutions. My master record isn't exactly perfect mainly because I didn't complete it in time: I should have completed it in two years but it took me ...
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Who cares about your PhD thesis?

I'm pursuing a Ph.D. in a computer science-related field (more particularly, in Artificial Intelligence). During my studies, I was involved in several projects, some of them got published in top-tier ...
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Will pursuing master degree increase the chances of Ph.D. admissions if​ the Ph.D.​ is in different field than Undergraduate is the goal?

I am a Pure Physics and Pure Math graduate. I wanted to do Ph.D. in Computer Science on AI. I am currently a research assistant on AI. if my undergraduate is not related to my area interest for Ph.D., ...
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How is an engineer's degree viewed among the admission committee for PhD applicants?

How is a 5-year engineer's degree viewed among the admission committee for PhD applicants? How much weight does the name of the degree have in the review process? Assuming a choice were to be made ...
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I ran many tests for my thesis, should I report tables and graphs for all of them? [closed]

I'm writing my PhD thesis. I used a number of statistical tests to test my hypothesis. Only one test was able to answer my question while the rest (3 tests) couldn't. If I report the results of the ...
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Severe regrets because I lied in my PhD application [closed]

I am an international Physics PhD student who is currently finishing his second year successfully, with one publication and others in preparation. However, I have a problem that has not let me sleep ...
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If I change my research group, can my former supervisor restrict my access to my codes that are written by myself?

Recently, I quitted my current research group and I will start to work with someone else. I was in my former research group for almost three years and during these three years I wrote more 200,000 ...
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What to do about repeated PhD rejections? [duplicate]

I'm a prospective graduate student in political science with a strong GPA and research interest in climate change and environmental conflict. My challenge is that I have been finding it difficult to ...
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PhD.-Application; How to deal with reference-letter requests when being out of academia for 2 years?

Two years ago I did a M.Sc. in cognitive Neuroscience and then started working as a DL / ML-Engineer up until now. Back then I got two positive reference letters for a specific graduate program from ...
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What to expect from a Skype PhD interview in physics?

I have a Skype interview for a physics PhD in Austria, and was wondering what level the questions are likely pitched at. While I have a Master's degree, it is from the UK and I am aware that students ...
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Apply for PhD before finishing my Master's degree

I am now in the middle of my master's degree and I plan to graduate in August 2015. I currently study in Germany and for most engineering students here it is common to finish the five-year program (3 ...
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How should a new professor speak to prospective PhD Students?

I am a new professor, now interviewing PhD students. I lack many of the things they expect: other PhD students to talk to, a clear narrative about my lab's work (as funding is still in flux), and an ...
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Are there any industry related jobs for a Discrete Mathematics (Combinatorics, Graph theory) PhD?

Apart from being an academic, what can a Discrete Math PhD do?
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What are characteristics of “high quality” graduate research as viewed by a hiring committee?

When discussing the ability for a faculty candidate to find a job, SE users often say that the quality of graduate research overshadows the prestige of the school at which they received a graduate ...
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Who should I ask for references when applying for PhD, after a 4 year break since graduation?

I am a life sciences graduate from 2015. After a career in the corporate world, I am preparing to apply to PhD programs in universities abroad. As part of the application process, I am required to ...
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How dificult is it to get into a PhD program years after quitting another?

I am in my 5th year of a PhD program, with the deadline for my dissertation just a few months away and barely any results to report, never mind writing an entire dissertation.* I am considering ...
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PhD manuscript with grammatical errors and informal phrases

I have made a very good contribution in my PhD and just graduated two years ago from a top university with honors. Today, I revised my PhD manuscript and surprisingly found several grammatical errors,...
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Does Iran's sanction play a pivotal role in rejecting papers from a journal?

After 1.5 years of hard work on a project, my former supervisor sent our paper to a journal. After about 10 hours, they sent the following response: After careful internal editorial consideration ...
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What is the average number of references in a PhD thesis in the humanities?

How many references on average are typical for a PhD Thesis? More specifically, I'm looking for a comparison of the average number of references for an engineering PhD thesis and PhD theses in other ...
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Chance of funding while applying for multiple PhD programs at the same school

I found the same question in here, however, my story is a little bit different: I contacted a faculty member in one of the US institution and he promised an admission. But, for the chance of funding, ...
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Can I still be a mathematician despite having an actuarial degree?

(First timer here) I am currently having an actuarial degree and actually regretted taking this degree but am wanting to be a mathematician in the future after getting my masters and PhD in ...
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I am nominated to Community Contribution Award. Should university financially support my travel?

I have been nominated for a community contribution award. I was thrilled to be considered for this award. The conference also has workshops hardcoded to my research. However, while discussing with my ...
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Rejecting a offer after accepting it (PhD US - Europe) [duplicate]

I recently was offered a PhD position at a prestigious university in Europe (ETH), but the project is in a subject indirectly related to my field. I actually focused on applications mostly in the US, ...
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Fifth year of my PhD and I hate my project. What should I do?

I am a PhD student in mechE. After paying the first year tuition out of pocket, I accepted a PhD project due to desperation for funding. However, after an year I realized that I hate the project. Here ...
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What is the percentage of Latino/Hispanic females with a Ph.D. degree? [duplicate]

I am curious to know the percentage of Female Latino/Hispanic with Ph.D. degrees in the USA. Does anyone know? What is the percentage of male/female out of the approx. 6% of Latino/Hispanic population ...
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Can you get into Good PhD programs if you've ever failed a courses in undergrad? [duplicate]

Unfortunately, I started off very mediocre in my first year of undergrad, all C's. Then C+, B's; failed two courses and had to withdraw from a program. Switched to a different program and improved a ...
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update a paper after the deadline

I have finished my paper for a computer science conference, and I submitted it, but after the deadline a discover the missing of a figure, what if I updated my paper on the Easychair conference ...
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How to handle a title (PostDoc) I consider misleading?

I have been granted a Marie Curie fellowship recently, and as some of you might know, one of the requirements is a PhD or 4 years of equivalent research experience (This question is related to that). ...
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PhD student, quit or not? [closed]

I'm half-way through the second year of my PhD in computer engineering in a top tier university in the US and I recently moved to a big city away from the main campus of the institution to the ...
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What ratio of PhD graduates in STEM fields ultimately end up as (tenured) professors?

I recently saw this infogram circling around various social networks: It appeared in this Tweet with the following claim: Got a PhD? Your chance of becoming a Professor is 0.45%. Good luck. Being ...
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Difference between “letter of motivation” and “research statement”

I am applying to a PhD position (theoretical physics, Austria) and the application asks for a letter of motivation, a CV, and a statement of research interests. Given that I have no publications/...
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How to learn technique from papers (technical fields)?

I'm an incoming PhD student. I did some research during my undergrad and master. One of the things my advisors told me was to read papers but not too focused on "technical details". This did help me ...
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My adviser is leaving. Can I ask him to support my application for an other PhD position?

A little background: I started my PhD in August 2019 at university X. I wanted to work on project A, but after I joined PhD, my adviser asked me to work on project B. He said that if I start working ...
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Writing a single authored research paper in a math journal: Is this a significant achievement?

An engineering graduate with a below average grade, being in industry not related to math, for almost 10 years, with no previous publication record in any field, while still working full time, ...
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How to arrange an invitation letter for research visit in another university (for PhD student)? [closed]

I'm a first-year PhD student in Communication and Media Science. As part of the study program, I am obliged to visit the university abroad (the best would be in next year). There I need to carry out ...
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Should I give up on pursuing a PhD in Europe if I performed poorly in my master?

I'm currently a master student in an Erasmus Mundus program. Unfortunately for me, I have been doing badly. My overall grade on the first 3 semesters is a C. So far only my master thesis remains but I ...
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Quit PhD two years ago, now I want to go back?

I quit my Ph.D. two years ago because of multiple reasons but largely due to my own naiveness over deciding to enroll for a Ph.D. I decided to do a Ph.D. without knowing anything about it. I wasn't ...
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What is the difference between Dual, Joint, and Double PhDs?

What I understand is, Dual/Double PhD is getting two PhDs writing only one thesis. But what is a Joint PhD? Also, what is the benefit of these types of PhDs?
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How to nail a Ph.D. interview when the professors work is not a good fit with your background?

I saw an offer for Ph.D. positions (USA) where 4 professors were on the list. I chose one (Prof X) and wrote my SOP according to his research and applied. Now another professor (Prof Y) from the ...
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Doing a PhD in sociology as a computer scientist – is it possible?

I am a PhD student in CS. I am also interested in the humanities and I would like to pursue a PhD in sociology. I know the traditional way is to repeat the cycle starting from undergrad studies but ...

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