Questions tagged [time-off]

On a period of time during one's education or career in which one is not formally involved in academic pursuits.

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Whom should I ask for Reference when Applying for PhD, after a 4 break since Graduation

I am not familiar with the Structure of questions in this community, so please bear with me; I am a Life sciences Graduate from 2015. After a career in Corporate, Currently I am Preparing to Apply ...
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Time out of Academic Environment (Mathematics) [closed]

Earlier in the year, I applied to some graduate school master's programme in the US and have received a few offers last week. My goal is to obtain a PhD. Ultimately, I have two options. Take the ...
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How to address “positively” an unemployment gap for a postdoc application in a CV

I’m planning to apply for a postdoc in Europe but in the eligibility conditions section for this position, it is written that the PhD shouldn’t be obtained more than 3 years ago unless it is a case of ...
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Traveling before graduate school

I want to take a gap year and travel after getting my undergraduate degree in Physics. Is it possible to apply for a research grant that would cover my expenses that year? Can someone travel a lot as ...
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How bad is it to decline the NSF graduate fellowship? [closed]

Though NSF results aren't out yet for this year, this question's been wracking my brain since I'm heavily considering taking a gap year before grad school. I also haven't been able to find this ...
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Reference letters after some time away from full time study

I have been away from full time study for more than a year now and I was trying to see if I could get into postgraduate studies at a masters level for a non-vocational subject. Prior to graduating, ...
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How should I explain my gap year in graduate admissions?

I have a bachelors in physics and math (graduated in may of this year), and have been struggling within myself to figure out if I would like to pursue a graduate degree in physics or engineering. ...
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Telling letter writers who already submitted that I am not applying to graduate school

Summary of question I've been getting ready to apply to grad school, and now I have good reasons for not doing so. My letter writers have already uploaded their letters. Basically, it's the last ...
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Three years gap between Master's and PhD and no article

I found some almost similar questions but the answers didn't help me much. I appreciate if you guide me. I am 31 years old. I have applied for a PhD position (as an international student) in one of ...
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Out of school for ten years and letters of recommendation for PhD programs

I graduated with a BS in physics in 2009, so it's coming up on ten years since I've been in academia. I have a great relationship with one professor, with whom I'm still in contact, and my old advisor ...
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Returning to academia after a long peroid

A person I know has been teaching undergraduate students for about ~8 years. She has a master in science and she is ~41 years old. For personal reasons, she quit her job five years ago. She would like ...
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How to best utilize a gap year to enter mathematics graduate school

I have the following two options available on how to utilize the next year. First some background: I'm an Economics and Mathematics major at a college in Pakistan. I'm, however, interested in going ...
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Is it generally accepted to take months off (unpaid) during a PhD?

Currently I am finishing my masters degree program in Life Sciences / Biotechnology by doing an industrial internship. After having obtained my degree, I would definitely like to do a PhD if I can ...
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In U.S. universities, do male professors get paternity leave?

Do American universities typically help male professors transition into fatherhood by offering (paid) paternity leave? If so, what is the standard amount of paid time off that is offered? Feel ...
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Are gap semesters frowned upon in graduate school applications? Should I explain mental health situation that led to the gap?

Disclaimer: not all of what follows is relevant to the question. I am a math student currently doing a Master’s. I plan on taking a break in the spring semester because due to many personal ...
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Will turn down a graduate (Master's) program have effect on my application for the same program?

I have asked a similar question. Is it bad to apply for the same Master's degree program in consecutive years? If I failed the first year, will it be a negative factor for my application the ...
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Is deferred enrollment normal or acceptable to graduate programs? What are the acceptable reasons for it? [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student majoring in computer science. I am currently doing graduate (Master's) program application for top US universities. However, just now I get a pretty nice research ...
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In case I have to take a gap year before MS, what can I do in terms of reading and independent study to prepare for graduate school? [closed]

I will be graduating with a BS in Computer Science in 2017 and have applied to a couple of graduate school to pursue MS in Biomedical Informatics/Bioinformatics. I'm interested in translational ...
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Comeback advice: how to return a decade after dropping out, when job schedule makes formal study difficult? [closed]

What helpful advice would you give an age 30-something woman to reach her dream with the following background? She dropped out from college a decade ago despite many hard years of dedicated trying, ...
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Can I still pursue a research career after a possibly lengthy break?

I've been offered a PhD position, but I'm forced to decline it due to family reasons. However, once the situation becomes more stable, I will re-apply again. What concerns me most is whether it's ...
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How can I get academic writing samples for PhD admissions after having been away from academia?

I am very interested in a particular PhD program that I feel is in line with my professional background. Specifically, I am thinking of doing a PhD in Communication Rhetoric and Digital Media. ...
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What is the impact of gaps on CV in academic job search?

I have recently been offered an industry position in the US (we live on another continent). My wife is a an academic, with a position roughly equivalent to tenure-track asst professor in the US ...
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Advantages and disadvantages in working after PhD while waiting for postdoc

I am in the process of finishing a Chemical Engineering PhD at a british university that is solely based on numerical work and programming. My thesis is finished and I set a date for delivery. I ...
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Returning to grad school after several years in industry, who to ask for references for NSF graduate fellowship?

I got a masters degree in computer science in 2012 and worked in Microsoft since then. I'm returning to get my PhD starting spring 2017. I would like to apply for the NSF grad fellowship but having ...
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When to take military service when applying for graduate school?

I'm an undergraduate student with two regular semesters left before graduating. I am required to serve in the Military and have two options regarding the timing of my service. I can go into army ...
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What's the best way to get academic references for a masters program 2-3 years in the future?

I graduated with a BSc approximately one year ago and have been considering my career options since. I have finally decided that I would like to enroll in a masters program, however I likely won't be ...
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How to include periods of non-academic work on an academic CV?

I have, since completing my PhD (in pure mathematics), worked in both non-academic and post-doc positions. I am brushing up my CV, and I would like some advice as to how one should detail non-academic ...
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Taking year off after PhD and focus on research? Does it look bad?

Say I have finished my PhD and I would love to just write a few papers and do some research before getting a job at a university which will also involve teaching & administrative things. Also, ...
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Coming up with a PhD Research Topic after 10 years away from academics

I am looking at going back to University after almost 10 years in the Corporate World (I am exploring a PhD in Business and Quantitative Methods in Spain...line of Research is in "Innovation, ...
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How conceivable is it to research independently while working in a non-research role in industry, to improve my profile for graduate admissions?

I'm toying with the idea of finishing my undergraduate degree and then entering industry for a short while. If I spent three years and earned enough, my thought is that I'd soften the burden on my ...
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How to handle 2 years hiatus after PhD?

One of my friend has a 2-years gap after completing his PhD in 2014, gap due to personal reasons, family-one mainly. He is now trying to get a postdoc position in electro-engineering. To me, this ...
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Will quitting a PhD to try an industry job severely reduce my chances of being accepted to another PhD program later?

I know there are already a lot of "should I quit my PhD" questions on this site. But I have a specific dilemma and I'd like to get some external thoughts. After my Bachelor in mathematics, I didn't ...
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Having decided to become a researcher after long career in industry, should I work independently or start a PhD?

I'v been doing software development work for almost a decade. I really love doing research work but I am always doing programming work in companies. I could join a PhD program 15 years ago after my MS....
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Including a non-relevant work experience in Statement of Purpose for higher studies abroad

After completing my undergraduate studies in Biotechnology, I switched to a career in Banking services where I have worked for a year. But now I would like to pursue higher studies abroad in ...
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Can I apply to CS graduate programs and take a year off before actually enrolling?

I am a 4th year Math and CS undergrad with definite plans to enter graduate school. However, I know that I want to take a year off between graduation and grad school, but I don't know if I can apply ...
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Ways to spend gap year/semester before applying to mathematics PhD

I was just reading in the answers to some other questions (here and here) that it's not necessarily disadvantageous (and it may even be advantageous) to take a year or semester off after finishing my ...
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Applying for a PhD after taking a year off

I completed my Master's in biotechnology exactly a year ago, and after failing to find a job in science took an office job to pay the bills. Now I'm thinking of applying to a bio PhD, but I'm worried ...
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Will taking a temporary staff position between post-docs end my academic (tenure track aspirations) career

I recently was given a job offer for a ([edit] research support/IT support) staff position at a university in a city I have been trying to relocate to for family reasons but I am concerned that if I ...
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Getting back into academics after an industry stint: what can I do while still in industry to improve my research profile?

I am a computer science engineer with around 3 years of experience designing and implementing large scale software systems. I chose to join a job right after my masters, to get a feel of what the ...
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I feel burned out after finishing my master. Should I take year off before the PhD?

I'm in the second year of a master's program and I'm considering taking a year off before doing a PhD. I am excited to do a PhD and have some idea of what I want to research, but I am not sure if ...
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Would you discourage your undergrad from taking a year off to work on a self-devised project?

The student is in fourth semester and wants to learn about a certain technical field on his own and try out a more complex project on that knowledge. The project idea is unique, but unlikely to be ...
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Will it improve my PhD applications if I take a gap year to work on research?

I was a philosophy major who took a bunch of graduate-level classes in linguistics and I wanted to apply to PhD programs in linguistics (in the United States). I had a writing sample in the philosophy ...
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My co-authors want to remove my name from manuscript because I am “not in science anymore,” how to correct this?

Two years back, was working as an research associate then have to leave the lab due to some family issues. My work was significant enough to be included in the manuscript and I was told that my ...
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How can I obtain an academic reference, if I have been out of college for a very long time?

I have completed my Master's degree 25+ years ago, and I decided to go back to college to further my education with a Doctorate degree. I fulfill all the requirements, except for the need to provide 2 ...
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Retaking GRE during gap year from PhD to improve pre-doctoral fellowship award chances

I am taking a year off from my PhD program. I was funded for two years but because my academic standing is no longer 'good' due to substandard performance I have been terminated from my funding ...
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Explaining Temporary Voluntary or Medical Leave from Prestigious PhD on CV?

I am in a bind. I just decided to take a voluntary leave of absence for medical reasons (also partly financial reasons) from my PhD program and I need to look for a job. I have stupendous credentials ...
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Impact of gap year during phd program on future post-doc and employment options?

I am a Doctoral candidate in a top program in my field in the U.S. I should be starting my second year of classes in September before sitting for qualifying exams, however I had an catastrophic ...
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Is it alright to be out of academia for a while before applying for academic or research-only positions?

I am 15 now. If I quit high school now and start a BSc around age 35 and finish my PhD around age 45, is it possible to find a job in some university after being out of academia for so long?
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Mandatory army service in the middle of PhD, will it be possible to finish PhD under these conditions?

I started attending a university while in highschool, currently finishing my masters and have started working on my phd with the same (very very nice) advisors (who are aware of the following ...
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Humanities - taking a year off between PhD completion and academic job

I am a PhD candidate in literature, finishing my degree in August. Due to a combination of factors, I did not line anything (academic) up for the coming academic year. However, I will be spending that ...