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Is there any uniform date for applying for Phd positions in the Italy for mathematics?

There isn't really a uniform application window for the PhD in Italy, and every university has its own deadlines (e.g. my university has three application windows with deadlines in February, June and ...
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Managing difficult situation with PhD advisor: substance abuse/health crisis or emotional abuse? Do I speak up?

You have lots of options here, so you will just have to figure out which option is best for you. Also, in relation to potential career damage, it is primarily your advisor who is in danger of serious ...
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Managing difficult situation with PhD advisor: substance abuse/health crisis or emotional abuse? Do I speak up?

Short term concern: I will not be able to get a letter for any future fellowship or job applications from my PhD advisor, which will "raise a red flag," you stated as well that I have a ...
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Managing difficult situation with PhD advisor: substance abuse/health crisis or emotional abuse? Do I speak up?

Most universities have an anonymous tip line. Use that and let someone else come to you to ask questions. This way, you're not the one who tipped the university off (i.e., nobody will know that you ...
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Can I complete a PhD in a university abroad as an external doctorate student?

In Germany, PhD admission and PhDs in general are handeled differently than lets say in the US: the only thing you need is a professor to supervise you (and the approval of their department, which is ...
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Can I complete a PhD in a university abroad as an external doctorate student?

Yes, in Europe it is possible, but be ready to contact many professors. The ideal path is to get a PhD with a cumulative thesis, where you "collate" your paper, write a nice frame around ...
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Is it possible to ethically use an undergraduate for publishing my research as a PhD student in the following context?

This question seems to mix up a number of different threads. Much research is collaborative in its nature. A project may involve multiple individuals who each bring different things to the table. ...
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Is it possible to ethically use an undergraduate for publishing my research as a PhD student in the following context?

Let me at least add to the answer of tschwarz. Long term if you want to stay in this field you need to learn the necessary tools to be successful. This would seem to me to include programming. The ...
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Is it possible to ethically use an undergraduate for publishing my research as a PhD student in the following context?

Nuances are important here. Learning programming to implement your idea is probably too time consuming. If the programming is a standard task at the level of a programming assignment in the third or ...
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How much help should Ph.D. candidate expect from advisor (if at all)?

If you have an idea for a research topic, by all means discuss the idea with any potential advisor to see if they can offer support and assistance (both are important). In some fields a doctoral ...
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When to approach potential PhD supervisors while bonded to a private company?

When a PhD position is open, it is expected to be filled as soon as possible. However, as soon as possible means at minimum 4 months (opening the positions, receiveing applications, screening ...
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Authorship Issue with Ph.D. Supervisor: Is it ethical for the first author to make less contribution to the manuscript?

Based on your description of events, I don't think your advisor has followed good practice here. Authorship is something that should be negotiated based on project contribution (as you did at the ...
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When to approach potential PhD supervisors while bonded to a private company?

Before you contact prospective supervisors you should first have a look at the preferred practice in the university you are going to apply to --- some universities discourage contact with prospective ...
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Authorship Issue with Ph.D. Supervisor: Is it ethical for the first author to make less contribution to the manuscript?

In general, there are no special privileges associated with being a second author. The ordering of authors and their contributions follow conventions of the field and of the culture. For example, in ...
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Title Page for PhD Interview Presentation

(1) is OK, since you are currently working there. (2) seems to me to be a bit presumptuous since the person you are naming has not yet accepted you. The committee will ask you about who you want to ...
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Why did only a few professors reply to my Ph.D. positions inquiry?

This depends on what country you're in, but at least where I live, it would be rather uncommon to approach a professor about a position directly via email. Open PhD positions are posted in some ...
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Why did only a few professors reply to my Ph.D. positions inquiry?

Don't send during vacation time I think during the vacation time July-August nobody reads their working emails, and even if they are, they ignore unimportant stuff till later time. So I agree with ...
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Why did only a few professors reply to my Ph.D. positions inquiry?

"I didn't put the professor's name at the start." This! Obviously, this is highly subjective, but whenever I get one of those emails, they go directly to the trash bin. If you cannot even ...
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Advice: no reply after the 2nd interview

No, don't ask them why they didn't schedule another interview. No, don't try to "change their minds" in an email. Any of that will be counterproductive. You can send an email, but simply ask ...
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Why did only a few professors reply to my Ph.D. positions inquiry?

Each of the 20 professors you wrote to may have received hundreds of letters like yours. I think a quick acknowledgment with a "sorry, no" would be better than no response, but I can ...
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PostDoc while Serving in the Military

Without knowing specifics (such as your country, branch of service, etc.), consider reaching out agency's research program. For example, the US Military has the Office of the Under Secretary of ...
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PostDoc while Serving in the Military

That would be unusual, but you might be able to arrange something, especially if you don't require much compensation for it. Normally, though, a post doc is pretty intense. But you might be able to ...
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Why pursue a PhD in pure Mathematics?

Ofcourse pursuing PhD in pure mathematics and applying all the innovative, creative and analytical power solving unsolved problems is very difficult task. One should not choose mathematics just for ...
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Crisis during PhD but pulling through - how happy are you with your decision?

Most PhD students have some sort of crisis. Mine was different from yours, but I worked through it for almost two years. I am proud to have finished my PhD. I left academia right after my defense and ...
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Crisis during PhD but pulling through - how happy are you with your decision?

I don't think I've had a "crisis" as you describe, but I may have some thoughts. I really can't motivate myself any more to continue working...The topic is doable, but to be honest doesn't ...
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Crisis during PhD but pulling through - how happy are you with your decision?

Not sure this answers the question, but at least I think I can provide some food for thought: Your description of the situation sounds to me as if it may be substantially worsened by Covid regulation ...
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Why pursue a PhD in pure Mathematics?

Is you question WHY or SHOULD? from the content of your question, it sounds like "should", but the title is too obvious. If you're not really asking, I will provide a lemma at the end. ...
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Why pursue a PhD in pure Mathematics?

Let me try to provide a somewhat different though not entirely distinct perspective, namely that this is a totally reasonable series of questions to ask oneself and the mere act of considering them ...
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Why some university asks for recomendation letter directly to be sent from the recommender?

Its common to have writers write general letters (To Whom it May Concern) tailored for particular kinds of applications (i.e. PhD programs in the field of your major). Some programs, such a fellowship ...
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Providing a recommendation letter directly to the student

While uncommon, some applications do ask the applicant to submit the letter directly - as a PDF. This is very rare, and I have had many faculty simply refuse to submit the letter that way. I have also ...
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Why pursue a PhD in pure Mathematics?

While you could be born to have a mathematical mind and work as a mathematician as Buffy writes, or like someone with synesthesia has cognitive advantages in arts/music, remember a PhD in math from ...
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Why pursue a PhD in pure Mathematics?

For most of us who followed that path, if you have to ask the question then it may not be right for you and you should explore all your options before you jump. There is a saying that "You don't ...
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Should I look for a job in a foreign country before I get there to pursue my Ph.D.?

First thing you should do is discuss with your supervisor, because you can't really do anything without his or her approval anyway. Getting a job will not be easy - it's not that you don't have ...
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Change Ph.D. program

I can't say if this is universally true, but in the US and, I'd guess, many other places you can do as you like. Of course you need to be accepted by another program and the standard may be higher at ...
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Should I look for a job in a foreign country before I get there to pursue my Ph.D.?

Two important points to consider: First, a PhD is a full-time job. Most PhD positions come with a side-job that provides funding and, importantly, some sort of tuition forgiveness. Sometimes that side-...
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Applying for Phd while being in good standing in another program

If I were on the admission's committee of your "new" program, I would be wondering whether you would lose interest in "our" program just as quickly as you lost interest in your &...
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Should a PhD Supervisor check if the methodology is correct?

You discovered a mistake in your protocol. You discovered the mistake on your own. You ask whether you can fault your PhD advisor for not telling you (soon enough) beforehand how to avoid the mistake. ...
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What should i do if my PhD supervisor move to another country in my third year?

You have at least the following options: Move along with your supervisor. This might involve getting accepted into their new university or (harder) keeping enrolled in your current one. There are ...
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Can i publish a book chapter independently?

You are not bound by any permissions. The Ph.D. thesis is your work and you have the copy-right. You might want to consider involving your Ph.D. advisor, because publishing papers even when based on ...
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Should a PhD Supervisor check if the methodology is correct?

tl;dr: Do not expect your supervisor to micromanage your work; learn to do it yourself. PhD is a research degree. Although there are some rules (ethical, procedural) about how research should be done, ...
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Should a PhD Supervisor check if the methodology is correct?

My own opinion (and practice) is that, yes, it is the supervisor's job to assure such things. Perhaps not personally, as it can be delegated to others, but it should be done. But there are a wide ...
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Is a supervisor a not good one if they don't provide you with a realistic project?

hey maybe this wasn’t exactly how PhD studies should go. trust me it will help me in my heeling process. That’s all I’m looking for.... But I worked 5-midnight so none of that was available to me. ...
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Can someone work part-time elsewhere and also full-time as PhD student (in Germany and Poland)?

No. In many German contracts, it is explicitly mentioned that you are either not allowed to work anywhere else, or you need permission from your full-time PhD employer to work somewhere else. You can ...
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Using acquaintance for admission in Ph.D

It is not improper to ask for information. Your brother does not gain an advantage by asking for information, either with a direct or indirect request. Any applicant can ask for information. It is ...
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Using acquaintance for admission in Ph.D

I can't judge but it is possible that the question you want to ask might be open to anyone, including your brother, to ask directly. It depends on whether the format of the exam is intentionally held ...
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Chance to get a PhD offer in UK? Taught master with distinction (last year) but third class honour bachelor degree (over 15 years ago)

All I can say is that no, it is not impossible. Its not impossible even at a top 50 university, it will mostly come down to the supervisor in question. Admissions offices can usually be persuaded to ...
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I'm the 1st author of a paper in a top conference in my field, and even then my PhD application got rejected from 5 out of 6 programs, is this normal?

I recently helped screen AI/ML applications at one of the top-4. Unfortunately, having a publication is essentially a requirement, not a plus (this isn't necessarily true for non-AI or other ...
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Can two PhD students publish without involving their supervisors?

Yes, you can, by all means. The thing you both need to discuss with respectively supervisors is the time you spent on this, and convince them that this will not adversely affect your "proper"...
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How old is too old for a PhD?

No age is too old, but your prospects for what happens after - what you might be able to do with your degree - do change.
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Things to do when applying for a PhD without a full bachelor's degree

If you just finished your third year at a US institution, is it safe to assume that you will receive your "full bachelor's degree" one year from now? If so, since the next application season ...
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