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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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Including an old publication in a CV for a PhD

I am applying for a PhD as a mature student - I took a 20 year gap between my undergraduate degree and studying for an MSc. My undergraduate dissertation was published as a paper (with me as second ...
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Professor gets funding and does not give to student [closed]

I am a recent university graduate with a master's degree, and I secured a position in a sizable company. Interestingly, my master's supervisor is also supervising my sibling's Ph.D. In a few meetings, ...
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Seeking Additional Funding During PhD: Feasibility and Variations Across Universities and Countries

In the midst of PhD journey, can someone contemplate the feasibility and norms around seeking additional funding in the second or third year? This could be for various reasons such as increased ...
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Stipend vs Fee for Australian PhD

I am thinking to apply for a PhD Programme in Australia. But having a look at the websites of almost all the universities, I got to know that the amount of stipend per year a PhD candidate gets is ...
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Interpreting frequent rejects from PhD workshops/conferences

I am already at the end of my 2nd year of PhD studies. Currently, I do not have a publication in a journal; however, I have few published proceedings from conferences. I have chosen my own research ...
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I applied for a France fellowship with my university as my host organisation. Now PhD supervisor is fighting with me and making grounds to give TC?

I am pursuing PhD at a university in India under a toxic supervisor. I received a fellowship in France for which the university is given as host. I got the results that I am selected for the ...
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What should I do to keep in touch with a potential employer after an interview? [closed]

After sending a follow-up e-mail, two weeks after the first interview i've gotten the following answer: Thanks for staying interested in the position. Yes, I have discussed your application with the ...
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To apply for a CS PhD, is it a good idea to first get into a master’s program but a less competitive track to enter a top school?

I am applying for CS graduate school in the US this fall. I have a moderate 3.6 GPA in a public ivy university that is about top 60 nationwide. I do not have much research experience (I regretted ...
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What Can I Expect in the First Few Months of a PhD?

I am starting a PhD in Quantum Computing in England in about 2 weeks. I have already communicated with my advisor over email, and he is quite flexible with my research aims. I am a bit nervous about ...
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How well should one understand a PhD's topic when applying for a PhD?

I'm looking into applying for a PhD in math in Europe (I've seen positions in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Norway). A concern that I've encountered is regarding PhD advertisements that ...
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Understanding the PhD Applicant Selection Process in US Universities: Committee vs. Professor-Based? [duplicate]

I'm interested in understanding more about how PhD applicants are selected in US universities. Specifically, I'm looking to find out whether a committee predominantly makes these decisions or if ...
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How Should I Convert My GPA for PhD Applications in the USA?

I am in the process of applying for PhD programs in the United States and am facing a dilemma regarding my GPA format. My current university uses a 20/20 grading scale, and I am unsure if I should ...
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Key considerations when applying for a Ph.D. abroad

I'm in the process of applying for a Ph.D. in a foreign country, and I'm trying to determine the most crucial factors to consider. How should I prioritize aspects like the reputation or expertise of ...
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Why do most American universities offer funded PhD positions but not similar opportunities for Master's programs?

I've noticed that in the U.S., universities commonly provide funding for PhD students in AI/ML fields, including scholarships, assistantships, and fee waivers. In contrast, Master's students have ...
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Change of research project due to personal family issues

I am going through a personal issue and would like to help my family with part of the PhD scholarship I receive. However, to do this, I would need to return to my hometown (where my family lives) and ...
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PhD Proposal: Application for funding

I am applying for a PhD and currently rewriting the proposal which will submitted alongside my application. I would appreciate guidance on whether it is wise to include the names of possible funding ...
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My former PhD supervisor is keeping me hostage

Since I started my postdoc, the relationship with my former PhD advisor has turned sour. I’m doing a postdoc with one of his competitors on a project I initiated in his lab. He encouraged this, said ...
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Pharmaceutics PhD in the USA where most time is spent in home country

Can apply for a PhD in pharmaceutics or clinical pharmacy in the USA? I already have a master's degree from Egypt. I was told that it is possible to enroll in a PhD program there and travel to the USA ...
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How hands-on should an academic supervisor be? [closed]

I'd appreciate any resources describing how 'hands-on' an academic supervisor should be. I've found in my own supervision that it has varied from quite high-level guidance to quite detailed guidance. ...
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If the test agency send the scores today, how long does it take for university to receive it electronically? [closed]

I have already received IELTS test score report form. If the test agency send the scores today, how long does it take for university to receive it electronically? I am applying into the PhD program,...
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Is it wise to ask about funding other than program director? There is a story

I started my PhD degree for applied math at the US, in fall 2023 without funding. When I started, the program director said that if I do a good job on course work in the semester, I might get a TA ...
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Postdoc wanting to go to industry - need advice

I have been a STEM postdoc for almost 7 years. I am based in Australia and currently looking for a permanent position, preferably in industry. As I have not done this transition, I would appreciate it ...
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Do online University Systems close during holidays and are unable to process submitted information?

My examiner has recently told me that he is unable to submit information to the Uni system about the result of his examination of my revised thesis. I am uncertain of the name of the online system ...
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What should I do, it's hard to get PhD in any country but if i do an MBA in a country get a foothold after that apply,can I do that? [closed]

What should I do, it's hard to get PhD in any country but if i do an MBA in France , what do you think can i get a foothold to easily get multiple PhD options in electronics with funding or ...
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What to do after finding a mistake in my published paper?

I have published a paper from my PhD work early in this year and now I find an unintentional mistake in my paper. This mistake was made in a figure where in the Y-axis I have showed expression of one ...
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How important is my Master's degree after obtaining a PhD?

I am about to complete my Master's and start a PhD. While I probably should not concern myself too much about what comes after a PhD when I have not even started it, there is something that has been ...
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What are drawbacks of inviting a researcher whose work you've incremented as a co-author?

I am a PhD student in the field of Applied Cat/Dog Technology*. I recently conducted an interview study with Cat and Dog owners. To analyse the interviews, I used and developed a theoretical framework ...
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How to deal with multiple supervisors and different expectations?

I'm a 3rd year PhD student in Australia. My primary supervisor did a little supervising during my candidature but now complains that I have not done enough work. He gave one of my aims (which I worked ...
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Have you encountered a prolonged silence from a potential supervisor following a canceled interview, leaving you uncertain about their decision? [closed]

I contacted a prospective supervisor expressing my interest in collaborating with them. After an initial interview, they scheduled a more technical follow-up discussion, but it was canceled due to an ...
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Is it appropriate to assign two PhD students to do the same research topic?

I have asked one student A to do a research topic A. He used 2 years to learn a skill. I ask him to apply this skill to a new data and research topic B recently, however the progress is still bad even ...
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How worried should I be about mistakes in my CV after submitting my grad school applications?

I would appreciate your input so much! I am applying to PhD programs in Sociology and Education, and I noticed two mistakes in my CV after submitting my applications. I included one of my positions ...
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Should I enquire about a newly announced PhD position while waiting the outcome of a previous application with the same PI?

I am considering pursuing my PhD with a particular PI who had a studentship available in their lab focusing on antibody drug conjugates (ADCs), and I applied for it, but received no answer yet. ...
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What should I do with the postdoc verbal offers if I'm strongly inclined to one option?

I am a international student who is in the midst of a US postdoctoral job search. I have two potential lab options, lab A and B, both of which I have interviewed with and received positive indications ...
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Postdoc delegates work to PhD: who gets to be PI for a small proposal? [closed]

A postdoc delegated a (newly joined) PhD student to write a small proposal for computing time. She wrote a reasonable first draft, but it needs heavy editing that the postdoc will now do, and submit ...
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Is it okay to use ChatGPT for generating letters of recommendation?

Someone I know will be applying to universities in the US for their PhD. To that end, he sought LORs from his undergrad instructors. However, they told him to write those himself, and to send those to ...
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Career changing from ME to CS [closed]

I have a 4 year bachelor of engineering in Mechanical. I want to do Msc phd in CS( Computer Science). How can I get any kind of funding (TA / RA / Schoolarship) in USA/Canada when i dont have any ...
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In addition to naming three professors, should I mention that I am open to working with other professors in SOP?

I am naming three professors from specific Ph.D. programs with whom I have identified similarities in our research interests in my SOP. In the last sentence, I want to mention that I am also ...
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Mentioning faculty in SOP while already mentioning them elsewhere in application

Should I explicitly mention faculty in my SOP for a PhD program when there are prompts in other parts of the application where I already specifically chose faculty of interest? Would this be ...
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How can I avoid this unproductive pattern with my PhD supervisor?

I’m currently a PhD student in electrical engineering in the US, and I changed supervisors after the end of my first year as a PhD student. There were several reasons for this, but the main one was ...
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Work with structure and clearly defined performance outcomes after my Ph.D?

I'm a fourth year Ph.D candidate in Experimental Psychology who earned an MA also in Experimental Psychology as I matriculated into my Ph.D program. I am posting here because I've come to the hard ...
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Do PhD degrees in Germany require government accreditation?

I am an academic from China and I am currently studying the accreditation and quality assurance of German master's and doctoral degrees. However, the existing English literature does not clearly ...
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Forgot to debrief participants on an old qualifier project. Can this error cause my qualifier project and poster I did on it to be revoked at all?

I realized I did not do a proper debriefing on my qualifier project for doctoral candidacy in Experimental Psychology from a little over a year ago. I only say "proper debriefing" because my ...
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Advisor-student collaboration (or lack thereof) and paper authorship in mathematics: how does it work?

In (pure?) mathematics, author order on papers is alphabetical, based on the assumption that all authors contribute equally (e.g. as discussed here and explained in this statement from the AMS). ...
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Applying for PhD after Engineering work on MS

I'm considering revisiting a PhD, my last MS I felt I basically spent my time on engineering work the advisor needed to get done vs actual research. I was effectively an engineer working for a small ...
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How to publish independently in top journals?

I am a second year PhD student. I also worked on topics outside my thesis. The results are good and I want to submit it to top journals. However, I am surprised by the attitude of most of the editors ...
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What is the consequence on purposefully lying on grad-school application (town of birth)

Sam was really really uncomfortable in disclosing their actual biographic data such as the town of birth (similar to Gaza). Sam felt that they will be discriminated. There was no option to "...
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Can two people write one letter of recommendation?

I have two cofounders who I've worked with in a similar capacity. Can they write a joint letter of recommendation for me?
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How do I mention low grades on the transcript due to genuine incompetence? (PhD Application)

"I failed an important course due to some justified reasons or terrible excuses, can I get into a decent PhD program?" is probably one of the most asked questions on the Academia Stack ...
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How do PhD letter of recommendations actually get sent?

Is there usually a person at the undergrad university that handles it? Or does my recommender have to fill it out for every single program? Or something else?
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Copyright issues and Self-Plagiarism in the PhD Thesis

Part of my doctoral thesis is based on three articles I wrote during my PhD. My supervisor suggested that I directly use part of the articles I had written (the part related to the data analysis and ...
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