I am a junior research fellow with a bit of a luxury problem. I am in a field with many good, open problems. I have a grant which could easily support salary for a couple of exchange PhD students for say, six months, to solve some of those under my supervision – but how do I find those?

I have tried some of the obvious channels, asking network, including old supervisor. Asking around at conferences. Most senior people I talk to agree it would be a good idea – but I can’t seem to get any good people to bite.

I am asking advise from people who have been in a similar situation – also students who have accepted such offers, what made you do it? What made you hesitate? Is the prospects of 6 months of relocation off-putting? Are you afraid what your supervisor might think? And for more senior people, whose students I would potentially snatch up: Would you recommend a good student to do something like this? Would you be annoyed that I “borrowed” your good student, just after you taught them all the difficult parts?

I am a junior research fellow with a bit of a luxury problem. I am in a field with many good, open problems. I have a grant which could easily support salary for a couple of exchange PhD students for say, six months, to solve some of those under my supervision – but how do I find those?

I have tried some of the obvious channels, asking network, including old supervisor. Asking around at conferences. Most senior people I talk to agree it would be a good idea – but I can’t seem to get any good people to bite.

I am asking advise from people who have been in a similar situation – also students who have accepted such offers, what made you do it? What made you hesitate? Is the prospects of 6 months of relocation off-putting? Are you afraid what your supervisor might think? And for more senior people, whose students I would potentially snatch up: Would you recommend a good student to do something like this? Would you be annoyed that I “borrowed” your good student, just after you taught them all the difficult parts?

I got an offer for an exchange program and I have paid the deposit, which isn’t cheap. The application deadline (which I was only informed a few hours ago) is due in two weeks, on 2nd March. I have to get a letter of reference from a professor by then, but it’s hard to contact them right now because public holidays (lasting for around 6 days) are starting on the day after tomorrow. If I do it after the holiday then I’ll have less than 5 days until the deadline. I have emailed a prof, asking for an appointment but haven’t got back any response. Is it ok to ask a few more profs in case I don’t get any replies or get rejected by said prof?

I come from an EU country and I follow a PHD thanks to Marie Curie Fellowship, created as an ITN.

The problem is that, after almost a year spent here, I realise that I do not like neither the subject, nor the professors.
I would like to continue my PHD studies but I need to make a change (professors, subject, maybe country).

I don’t know if it is possible to make such a change, while maintaining the Marie Curie Fellowship.

It is hard to find an answer because I prefer not to talk about this with my professors. Also I asked a Marie Curie secretary and she only told me that I can quit the PHD any time without any financial consequences for me.

I prefer not to give details about subject, university or the name of my professors. Still feel free to ask me if you need more details and I hope I could make my question clearer thanks to your feedback!

Thank you all!

I’ve decided to apply for Erasmus+ exchange program. The destination I was granted was the Kielce University of Technology in Poland. My faculty of choice is Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatic Control and Computer Science.

My question is, does anyone have any experience with the university, or whether the university is worth the exchange.

Any feedback would be much appreciated. My native university is the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering.

So I’m currently at my fourth semester at university and i’m planning on going to an exchange program in France next year. I’m doing fairly well and my gpa is within the range of ‘good’. Reviewing the criteria, I found out I meet most of it in order to go to France as an exchange student, HOWEVER, here’s my problem: on my second semester, I became so depressed that I was unable to attend most lectures and as a result I failed two subjects. I retook said courses with excellent grades the second time around. My question is, will those failed courses hinder my chances or disqualify me from participating? Furthermore, do you have any advice to up my chances of being accepted?

There are many international rankings for universities (e.g. QS ranking). However, I am interested in an science institute ranking or list that does not involve universities.

Let me give you an idea of what I am searching for: I am from Germany and I know that a major part of scientific progress is happening in universities. Nevertheless there are institutions such as Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics (Germany), or German Aerospace Center (DLR), or Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), or CERN (Switzerland), or Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (Canada), with great significance in science. These institutions do not appear in any ranking, any list of science institutes, or my Google search for “science institutes“.

So where can I find a list of such institutions, e.g. by subject?

Question background: (1) I am curious in general to find a list/ranking that includes such non-teaching institutions too. (2) I went for several internships to science institutes, e.g. DLR/CERN. I am in my bachelor studies and currently searching for new internship opportunities during the summer vacation period. There are a lot of great opportunities in Germany, but I would like to spend this summer in some foreign institute (that is not an university) – to gain international experiences and because German scholarships (ironically) only financially support internships that are in foreign countries. However, in this context I am struggling to find such institutes… For example: I was looking for science institutes in Japan, but I only found the main universities.

There are many international rankings for universities (e.g. QS ranking). However, I am interested in an science institute ranking or list that does not involve universities.

Let me give you an idea of what I am searching for: I am from Germany and I know that a major part of scientific progress is happening in universities. Nevertheless there are institutions such as Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics (Germany), or German Aerospace Center (DLR), or Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), or CERN (Switzerland), or Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (Canada), with great significance in science. These institutions do not appear in any ranking, any list of science institutes, or my Google search for “science institutes“.

So where can I find a list of such institutions, e.g. by subject?

Question background: (1) I am curious in general to find a list/ranking that includes such non-teaching institutions too. (2) I went for several internships to science institutes, e.g. DLR/CERN. I am in my bachelor studies and currently searching for new internship opportunities during the summer vacation period. There are a lot of great opportunities in Germany, but I would like to spend this summer in some foreign institute (that is not an university) – to gain international experiences and because German scholarships (ironically) only financially support internships that are in foreign countries. However, in this context I am struggling to find such institutes… For example: I was looking for science institutes in Japan, but I only found the main universities.

I am a pure Physics and pure Math student but I am going to switch to CS for graduate school – maybe for Master degree. When I was an exchange student, I just aimed to pass the courses (50% of the grade) because the grade will not be transferred to my home university, it only stated as pass/fail in the official transcript. Furthermore, the courses were mostly pure math and physics courses, and I will not doing physics or pure math anymore. I used the time to study more about CS, by taking MOOC and doing some projects, practice public speaking (a little proportion than studying CS). But, I just knew that some of the university also required submitting the transcript from all the university that I have attended, maybe including my exchange transcript. I was shocked, surprised, and stressed. I am really worried that this will have negative effects on my application because I wanted to apply for the top 10 Graduate school in CS. My grades are bad because I just did not put in the work because I do not know that it will be needed for graduate school application….. I expect that I can still have one 100 marks (the marks are all numeric) because I like that one course, but most of the other courses are not really good because my aim was just to pass the course. I have also agreed to do research with one of the CS profs here. Will this situation really have a negative impact on my application to the top school? If yes, how do I mitigate the effect?

I am a European student (from a Non-EU country) and I got my BA degree last year. I am planning to go to study for masters degree in my profession, but that will be during 2018 (next year).

My question is, is it possible during this ‘gap’ period for me to apply for an Erasmus internship/grant/mobility somewhere? I am not currently enrolled in a University, so I wonder if there are cases like mine?