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When should you contact PhD supervisors?
In the US, almost all the new PhD students begin in the Fall session. So target a Fall session and start contacting them, You may contact them anytime. However, many times professor do not fund students in their first year. Usually, they are supported by/with department fellowships.
What should be the subject when contacting potential supervisor?
Use a subject line such as “Inquiry from a prospective grad student” or “Potential applicant interested in your lab” to reinforce your CTA. Ending your email by thanking the professor for their time is a polite way to show respect.
How to make contact with a potential PhD supervisor?
In most cases, the best way to make first contact with a potential PhD supervisor is by email. This should be a formal email, in many ways similar to an application cover letter. 1. Be aware of email etiquette
Why should I contact professors before applying for a PhD program?
Most PhD programs get hundreds of applicants, and faculty are much more likely to take a close look at your application if you’ve contacted them in advance. Third, you might get other kinds of useful information.
Why don’t professors answer email from applicants?
Not all professors answer email from applicants – often it is simply because their inbox is overflowing. Remember that if you hear nothing it does not mean that your chances for graduate school are squelched. Professors who do not make contact with potential students often because they are busy working on their own research with current students.
Should I contact a professor by phone?
Do not initiate contact by phone. E-mail is the best option. It gives the professor time to think about your request and respond accordingly. As for whether to contact professors at all: Professors have mixed reactions to contact with applicants. Professors vary with regard to the level of contact they have with applicants.