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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
20 votes
7 answers
9k views

PhD advisor switching schools wants me to go with him

I'm a 4th year PhD Student in engineering in the US. I'm in school #19 (ranking). My advisor is moving to #4, and wants me to go with him (promises no delay on time to graduation.) There are no other ...
user avatar
  • 211
0 votes
1 answer
142 views

Quit Master's for a PHD?

Looking for advice: Anyone ever hear of people who quit their masters to do a PhD? My colleague in our masters (math) will be applying for PhDs this fall as with the usual cycle. However, he entered ...
user avatar
  • 103
0 votes
2 answers
118 views

Potential PhD supervisor not responding after showing interests [duplicate]

I contacted a professor to see if he would be interested to be my supervisor. He very quickly replied and indicated he was interested. He was very sincere in a way he even included a guideline to help ...
user avatar
  • 41
1 vote
0 answers
92 views

Where to find industry funded PhDs?

In the fields of Mathematics and computer sciences, what are possible options to do a well funded PhD? In Canada or the US. Is it better than doing a PhD as a part time student, while taking a job ? I ...
user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
339 views

Why do some PhDs programs pay monthly salary, some don't?

I found that some Ph.D. programs pay monthly salaries like real jobs (EUR2300/month for a period of 36 months): Medical University of Vienna, AT many pay minuscule monthly stipends like pocket money ...
user avatar
  • 2,683
10 votes
10 answers
5k views

Big life decision: move to a different country to pursue PhD, or stay with my significant other and do my PhD at my undergrad institution? [closed]

I have been agonizing over a decision regarding where I should pursue my PhD in theoretical chemistry. My choices are as follows: university A (US) has the best department in the world for my area of ...
user avatar
-2 votes
1 answer
183 views

What does a professor aim at when talking about communication?

I am a PhD student at a good university in the US. I am good at my work and do my assigned tasks well. But this is the second time I heard from the second professor that I should communicate more with ...
user avatar
  • 113
0 votes
1 answer
101 views

I am looking for a daily report template for programming jobs [closed]

I am a PhD student of computer science. I want to find a good template file that I can report my daily works to the professor and show him what a regular and hard working person I am! I also like to ...
user avatar
  • 113
4 votes
1 answer
401 views

How to handle gift authorship?

I am seeking advice for the following situation: I finished my PhD in microbiology in September 2021, just before I submitted a paper to eLife with me being first author and my PhD advisor as ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
66 views

Ph.D. enrollment from May to September [closed]

Universities from which region in the world receive and process Ph.D. applications from May to September?
user avatar
  • 2,683
0 votes
1 answer
80 views

Is having a different academic background than the research experience detrimental to the career?

I have a Masters's degree in Communications Engineering. Right now I have been working on protein analysis, molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo, and neural networks since February 2021. I studied these ...
user avatar
  • 2,683
9 votes
2 answers
2k views

Should I leave a second PhD (by prior published work) off my CV?

Short version: Will putting a second PhD (by prior published work) on my CV cause more confusion than it is worth? For the past decade I have built a strong academic career in a discipline that, ...
user avatar
  • 5,261
1 vote
1 answer
108 views

Concerning PhD application, I have been asked for an pre-interview call. What and how should I prepare?

I have submitted an application for a PhD position recently. It required a few papers being published and two reference letters that can be sent directly to them, along with of course research ...
user avatar
  • 109
1 vote
0 answers
256 views

My PhD supervisor doesn't guide my project, and I am concerned about my progress

I am doing a very technical computational STEM PhD, which has been very wide open to me in terms of what direction I take it. I have 2 supervisors. One supervisor has always been very responsive but ...
user avatar
  • 29
2 votes
2 answers
530 views

Accidentally burned bridges with PhD advisors

Late last year, I had accepted a research fellowship/startup position tied to a PhD position. The advisers were extremely supportive and I got my visa and was ready to move abroad. However, after ...
user avatar
5 votes
3 answers
562 views

Is it normal to feel like my level is more like at the undergraduate level though I'm a PhD student?

I'm in my first year of PhD, but sometimes I forget basic concepts that I have learned in my undergraduate years. I have a masters but my masters was general not specific, and now I'm working in a ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
95 views

How to stay calm on days of no progress? [duplicate]

I'm a math PhD student working in Pure Mathematics. I guess, everybody is familiar with those days when you make very little progress or no progress at all. As the title suggests, I would like to know ...
user avatar
  • 1,732
2 votes
3 answers
245 views

Prolonging PhD to make up for low-productivity caused by poor mental health [closed]

There are several posts on this site about potentially leaving a PhD program due to mental health issues (e.g. 1, 2, 3), and these issues can impede productivity. Seeking help from a mental health ...
user avatar
4 votes
3 answers
418 views

Accept MA in art history with no funding and massive debt, or apply PhD fully-funded?

I am a very strong graduate candidate in art history with a 3.97 undergrade GPA and excellent research and writing skills. My recommdations are very strong with three professors attesting that I my ...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
190 views

Is it a good idea to move universities late into PhD?

I have been enrolled in a PhD program for 3 years now. I have a had a pretty disappointing experience so far: I have had three different supervisors (didn’t get along with the first, the second moved ...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
171 views

Advisors keep adding project requirements on last year PhD

I am a fifth-year CS PhD student in an US institution, co-advised by two professors, and I already passed my thesis proposal in the fourth year. In the thesis proposal, I promised to deliver one last ...
user avatar
5 votes
2 answers
261 views

Half done PhD - is there a way to finish it off at another University?

Sadly I stopped a PhD when halfway through. My Professor left the University, I had some family troubles and lost steam and the University terminated my registration. I would like to finish this PhD ...
user avatar
  • 121
0 votes
0 answers
22 views

Can I switch disciplines in PhD programs? [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student, looking to apply to PhD programs in Computer Science next year. I am interested in quite a lot of things in CS, especially Theoretical Computer Science and Artificial ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
357 views

I passed my PhD with no corrections but feel I don't deserve it [duplicate]

I had a wonderful experience on my PhD study which was an AHRC funded PhD at an elite university in the UK. I loved my topic and the whole world of academia. I was extremely ambitious and threw myself ...
user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
338 views

How to Self-Study in Ph.D math

I was recently admitted to the Top 10 Universities in Math Ph.D. The department is really strong at the Number Theory, I am primarily interested in the Number Theory so it is a good thing. I will be ...
user avatar
-1 votes
1 answer
280 views

What happens when someone wants to do a PhD after a failure? [closed]

I know someone who received a scholarship to do a Ph.D. in Applied Physics & Electronics in Australia. The length of the program was 3 years. She took 4 years, and couldn't finish the Ph.D. I don'...
user avatar
  • 2,683
5 votes
3 answers
349 views

PhD supervisor not happy with main project but pushy on side-projects

I'm one year into my PhD, but doing mainly side-projects so far, that brought me a couple of publications in high impact journals. Happy so far. I have my annual review in a couple of days and my ...
user avatar
  • 53
3 votes
1 answer
237 views

How can I focus my research without being overwhelmed? [duplicate]

I'm a first-year statistics PhD student. I have a general problem that I'm trying to solve and as part of that I read a lot of papers on various ideas/approaches. I often find a very nice approach ...
user avatar
  • 35
22 votes
5 answers
6k views

What might be a "compelling" reason for applying to defend my ph.d. degree remotely?

I'm going to defend my dissertation soon and the school has a strict requirement for allowing remote defense. Under highly unusual circumstances they'll approve a remote defense, and they said ...
user avatar
  • 361
23 votes
5 answers
8k views

Advisor's paper fundamentally flawed, what do I do?

My advisor and another student collaborated on a paper, after reading it carefully myself, I've come to the conclusion that the approach is fundamentally flawed and the main result is plain wrong. As ...
user avatar
  • 387
0 votes
1 answer
173 views

Can a research associate in UK supervise a PhD position in UK?

I have completed my master's from a country in Latin America in Mathematics in October 2021. I want to do PhD in Europe in Algebra. I was looking at the profiles of Algebra groups of the Universities ...
user avatar
9 votes
6 answers
8k views

Why do Masters + PhD, when you can just do a PhD and then do a PostDoc?

Let's say someone (me) is having a tough time deciding if they want to concentrate in machine learning or complexity theory. Instead of doing a masters first to explore research/coursework in both ...
user avatar
  • 1,642
7 votes
3 answers
361 views

Ph.D. advisor severely ill right before dissertation proposal... what should I do?

My dissertation advisor (committee chair) just informed me that he is severely ill and will leave the program very soon. His physical condition does not allow him to continue with any kind of advisory ...
user avatar
  • 361
1 vote
3 answers
1k views

Why is it so hard to get PhD funding in the UK for international students?

In general, it's fairly difficult to get a funded PhD position in the UK, if you're an international student (as of a few years ago, "international" was defined as non-EU; I assume that has ...
user avatar
  • 189
5 votes
1 answer
348 views

Is it normal to keep contact with profs after a phd rejection?

I applied for a PhD position and got rejected. But the profs suggested I stay in touch (in the sense of regular meetings)—apparently I was not a terrible applicant.  Are such offers normal?  Are ...
user avatar
  • 113
14 votes
2 answers
5k views

Is there a time limit to publish PhD research?

In 2019, I graduated with a PhD. (I am no academic so that was a massive achievement for me). I had started writing an article on the research however, due to personal circumstances, this was delayed. ...
user avatar
  • 491
1 vote
2 answers
190 views

How to cope with previous failures?

In 2015, I enrolled in an MSc Computer Security program with the aim to get a Ph.D. However, I dropped out of that program as I didn't like it. Then I got enrolled in a MSc Machine Learning program in ...
user avatar
  • 2,683
2 votes
2 answers
234 views

How to get in touch with researchers for sparring/discussing

I am a PhD student in computer science at a German university, working remotely on the PhD. I do not get much support from my professor (anymore) in terms of time for discussions and I have little to ...
user avatar
  • 941
0 votes
1 answer
140 views

Should I write a third e-mail to prospective supervisor? [duplicate]

I am a student from 3rd world Asian Country and want to do a PhD in Pure mathematics. I wrote to prospective supervisors of UK and France on 22 December, 2021 (I have never met any of them before). ...
user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
319 views

How to react to colleague publishing my idea

Many months ago I informally explained to another PhD student of my chair the main idea I was working on. Today, 6 months after, I discovered that he submitted it to a minor conference, got it ...
user avatar
  • 121
1 vote
3 answers
248 views

Suggestion for websites which list open PhD positions in Mathematics in France, UK, Netherlands, Denmark only

I am a student of an Asian country who completed the 2nd year of masters last year and I am applying for PhD positions in Pure Mathematics in Europe. I know about this scholarship database website ...
user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
231 views

Emailing professors regarding funding for PhD after getting accepted?

I have been accepted as a doctoral student (aerospace engineering, US). The email I received suggested that I get in touch with the faculty of my interest to discuss funding and research. I did try ...
user avatar
28 votes
8 answers
11k views

Microaggression in our group towards me

I am a Bulgarian PhD student in Germany. I am Muslim, but not religious. Our group is international and most of the other students are from developed countries. Since the day I started my PhD, there ...
user avatar
  • 307
4 votes
2 answers
226 views

Why would a German state-funded PhD training program exclude master degree holders from applying?

I have come across this iGRAD-Plant PhD program for early career scientists in plant biology, which is a joint effort of the Heinrich Heine University, Research Center Jülich and the Graduate Program ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
63 views

Should I ask the program coordinator regarding an offered PhD TAship for 11 months?

I have been offered a Ph.D. position in the USA where the offer says 'the admission comes with an 11 month per year teaching assistantship that carries a $2,000/month stipend, health insurance, and a ...
user avatar
  • 1,928
1 vote
1 answer
285 views

Why do professors cut communication with their employees once their contract ends, even with on-going projects/articles? [closed]

I have noticed this behaviour several times with many people. Once the contract of employees (such as PhDs, Postdocs, ...) ends, Professors/employers cut the communication with them even if projects ...
user avatar
  • 45
-2 votes
1 answer
155 views

Is the using same techniques considered plagiarisim?

A geologist used some techniques to investigate certain oil field for his PhD thesis. If another geologist useS the same techniques but for a different oil field can it be considered plagiarism?
user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
178 views

Should I offer my unpublished independent research when applying for PhD position?

I've finished masters and I've worked on my independent research for few years but never published anything nor I haven't posted any of my research work in public. The reason I did not publish is that ...
user avatar
  • 11
4 votes
3 answers
3k views

Rejecting an accepted PhD offer for another - Would really appreciate some advice/opinions! [duplicate]

I just got some great news that I have been offered a full studentship on a PhD program that's currently my second most favourite option. I have only until March 16th to accept it or reject it. In the ...
user avatar
  • 59
1 vote
3 answers
159 views

Condensed matter PhD supervisor choice: well-known old professor working on traditional project or young prof working on hot direction? [closed]

Specifically, traditional direction means project related to ferroelectric material while hot direction means topological material. The thing I'm most concerned about is that whether PhDs who working ...
user avatar
  • 11