So what is a PhD interview like? In fact, if you have ever been to a job interview, then you would know what to expect since a PhD interview is very similar. The people who interview potential PhD candidates can be HR staff, heads of departments and almost always your future supervisors.
Like those who write a good cover letter when applying for a job, students who write good letters to potential supervisors are more likely to get noticed. You can go ahead and read about writing an effective cover letter to get some basic advice on witting to a potential PhD (or Post-doc, or Masters) supervisor.
I appreciate now why a PhD student with an oak roll-top professorial desk may cause irritation among the group. But at the time I simply did not understand the fuss or sensitivities. These two examples illustrate why I was not an easy student. Yet my supervisor did not give up and in the end we generated some wonderful data. It was time to write.
I was an utterly appalling supervisor and I didn’t even realise it. Perhaps you can learn from my example. Join the higher education network for more comment, analysis and job opportunities.
Maybe you've always know you've wanted to be a research professor in wildlife ecology. Perhaps you've just taken a course on fungi and stumbled into a whole new world of career possibilities. Either way, getting past the first step-- your undergraduate degree-- and onto the academic path isn't easy. Academic culture isn't always intuitive.
I initially contacted him 30 Jul 2012 searching for advice on how to write to a potential PhD supervisor. out the application form without actually contacting any of the professors Contacting potential supervisors is a time consuming process that requires a great deal be it for summer research, a future BSc project or a prospective PhD.
A PhD cover letter is an important part of your PhD application. Your cover letter (which may also be referred to as a motivational letter) focuses upon what makes you a great candidate and why you should be invited for interview.
Addressing your supervisor. In your first email contact with your dissertation supervisor, it is wise to address him or her quite formally (such as “Dear Dr. X” or “Dear Prof. Y”). You do not know what your supervisor will be comfortable with, so it is best to play it safe.