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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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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Does a few years work in-between study hurt Physics PhD application to a top 20 US school?

All things being equal how would a good US graduate physics admissions weigh these paths. Scenario 1: 4 year Bachelor of Science. And then direct application to graduate school. Scenario 2: 4 year ...
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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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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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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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Keeping in contact with professors after graduation?

I just completed a CS undergraduate at University A (top 50 rank for CS), and am taking a gap year after graduating. This past summer, I did an REU/summer research at University B (~top 15 rank for ...
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Gap Year before Mathematics PhD Programs

How does the gap year process work for math PhD admissions? For reference I am a student at a top 5 undergrad department in the US, applying to pure math programs. I would like to take a year off ...
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Covid gap year and grad school admissions

I'm a sophomore at a public university in the U.S. I'm thinking of taking a year off before my junior year, but I'm worried I'll have to explain the gap in my transcript when I apply to math grad ...
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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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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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How do I make up for a mediocre undergraduate career in 2-3 gap years before a CS PhD?

Note on applicability of this question to others I’m aware of this post, which was closed for being too individual-specific. I’ve included information specific to me, but I wrote my questions to be ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I apply for a "potential" deferred admission

I'm sorry if there are similar posts, I had a look and couldn't find something exactly similar. I will be starting my final year of Bachelor (in the UK), and I am going to start applying for an ...
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Going back to academia after quitting my Ph.D. and taking a year off? [closed]

I am a Ph.D. dropout with a one year of career gap. I want to return to academia, but now I have realized that it was perhaps the biggest mistake to take a gap after quitting my Ph.D. The purpose of ...
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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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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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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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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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Applying to Postdocs after Graduating

Im a 6th year PhD student in the United States. Im not totally excited about my current CV/publications, but I have a few final projects I'm excited to finish up before I end my program this summer. ...
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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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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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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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Can I take a year off during a masters program?

I am a second year part-time masters degree student at NYU, with a full time job. My life is pretty simple and boring in NY. I was looking for opportunities, and yesterday it happened. I was accepted ...
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About career break in CV

I am going to apply for a postdoc position and there is an item about career break. Having finished my Master degree, I got a position titles Director of Research in a College for about 6 years. In ...
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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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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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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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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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