Recently I was offered a PhD position at University X in Switzerland and I accepted it. I had been giving several interviews at several universities and this was the only decent offer I had in months, so I had no option but to accept it, and I liked it as well. Two weeks after accepting the offer and they having started the work visa process, I received a PhD offer from university Y (a much superior university and a great project), also in Switzerland! Now I plan to reject the PhD offer from university X, but the issue is its been three weeks since they started by process for work visa (I am an international candidate). Will my rejecting it at this stage affect my work visa situation at University Y? The offer I have from university Y is amazing and I really don’t want to lose out on it because of legal issues. Can someone kindly advise me on it?

I am currently a Post-doc student in computer science. Last year I did my PhD from some university. I have published one research paper during my PhD with my research supervisor. I am trying to work on that paper I mean I have got something and I thing It is going to be the incremental of the previous research paper. I am in a confusion, DO I need to take permission that he is okay or not with my new paper

Question :Do I need to take permission from my past supervisor?

I have a question. I graduated from an UK university with 2.2 (53), and now I am thinking to apply for Ph.D. My study area is Drama Studies. I am an international student and I have funding. I am not going to apply for any funding. I don’t have any work experience.

Do you think is it possible to get a Ph.D. offer from any university?
Thank you for your answers.

I know many of you already post similar questions about quitting before, and I have read many of them. But I actually don’t wanna quit…

And I need some advice how to write a formal drop-off email to the department and my advisor in my situation

Here is My current situation

I have talked to my current advisor, told him I can’t do research in such stress and painful life, he approved. However, the department really unhappy about it.(I have my Ph.D. funding for being TA for the department)

I’ve asked informally and got an answer “They will tell you No, unless, you and your advisor can provide a very good reason. Because you are not the only one quitting your lab”.

From inside, I don’t want to quit. I have passed the qualifying exam with a top grade and have been here for 3 years. But I have made no progress since the beginning of the year. I couldn’t finish my coursework because of a “one-class-one-semester” rule. I finished nothing according to my CV, and I felt all my peer is laughing at me. I’m very stressed, every day, I sat in front of the computer doing nothing.

I don’t think I can switch advisor, because my current advisor will over-thinking things and will end up very bad from my expectation. And I don’t think I am qualified for anything or anyone would accept me.

Here is what lead to my current situation:

I was a bad student:

I am computer science major, I have a GPA of 3.5/4. I have no gift in math and programming was my only strength. I have zero backgrounds in research, so I can’t make a research paper or find a suitable conference myself. I joined the current program only because of a referring letter from my current advisor.

And I got upset easily if I did badly in my class.

My relationship with my advisor:

He a very nice man, but I can’t say he is good at helping me. So the lab has no focus, he allowed everyone attacks any possible directions. He got his Ph.D. in EE but works as a CS advisor in my department

He thought I am smart, but he hates people doing programming because he thinks do programming is kind of wasting time. Our focus should be on math. He doesn’t like me to do any programming before he approved, because he thinks “thinking as a programmer” is toxic to my research. There are several times that he laugh at me in public saying it is bad I can only do programming.

And he cares a lot about our personal lives. And earlier time, when I still trust him, I told him some of my non-academic concern.(It ends badly….)

My school’s comprehensive qualifying procedure has thee parts. 1) A paper that is a synthesis and analysis of the literature on my topic 2) A written exam that lasts 5 days and 3) an oral exam on your topic. This question refers to the second portion.

After reading your paper, each committee member writes a question for you to answer (total of 4). You have from 9 am Monday to 5 pm Friday to write a 2,500 – 3,000 word response to each question (not including bib). This isn’t necessarily something you can study for.

I am historically not the fastest writer. I also have a tendency to not always be clear in my writing (it is clear in my head, but not always on paper).

My question is: How can I prepare to successfully pass? I need to write a large amount of high quality work in a short amount of time with no time to prep for questions ahead of time.

Thanks in advance.

I am a third year PhD student at one of Universities in the USA. I’ve already taken my qualifying exam and I’m planning to take my general exam next quarter. My adviser notified me suddenly yesterday that she accepted and offer from Northwestern University and leaving my school for Northwestern University in Sep.

She gave me two options:

  • Apply for Northwestern University. She said “Given the rules at Northwestern University, you have to start from scratch i.e., I have to take course and take qualifying exam again”. In addition, I have to take GRE and TOEFL and go through the admission process. Still, there is no guarantee they will admit me.
  • Stay at my current school and she continues supervising me. However, my department does not guarantee the funding (in the form of Teaching Assistant).

It is worth noting that I maintained a very good relationship with my department and my adviser and I have a good research record and TA evaluation.

In general,
how do you think I need to approach this situation?

In particular,
– does that make sense that Northwestern University say I have to start from scratch even if I am a third year PhD student who passed qualifying exam from an equally reputable school?

After pondering this situation for a little bit, I came with a plan. That is,

  • I take my general exam next quarter,
  • I stay at my current school for two quarters (because I have to pass a certain dissertation credits)
  • Move to Northwestern University as a PhD visiting student for one or two semester.
  • Get my PhD from my current school

Does this plan make sense?

The tricky question is that whether or not she can use her internal fund (or some other source of funding) to support me as a visiting PhD student for two semesters.

I would greatly appreciate if you share your thought and experience with me.

I read an article in the past – I forget the source now, but I believe it was credible – about how American STEM PhD programs (and master’s programs) admit a lot of qualified international students, e.g. from China and India, in order to help fill the skills gaps in the U.S., but an interesting phenomenon was that American medical schools don’t act in the same way, effectively not admitting international students and preserving the acceptance slots for American students. If this is indeed true, why is that the case? Doesn’t the United States have a skills gap in medicine and a shortage of medical doctors?

I have a question. I graduated from an UK university with 2.2 (53), and now I am thinking to apply for PHD. My study area is Drama Studies. I am an international student and I have funding, I am not going to apply for any funding. I dont have any work exprience.

Do you think is it possible to get a PHD offer from any university?
Thank you for your answers.