What if a relevant potential supervisor is going to have a maternal leave?


Hello everyone

Hope you are all doing very well!

I contacted one of the potential supervisors, and she said she couldn't take me because she will be on maternity leave soon. Is it ok to email her again and say I'm flexible to start the year after the coming one?

Can I have an earlier offer for starting in Sep 2023? Is that possible?

And if you have any advice for taking an acceptance letter to start one year later, please do so

Appreciate all the help!!


The potential supervisor is a responsible person for rejecting you. She may extend her maternity leave beyond the first year if needed. You can ask her but she may be hesitate to commit with you. Additionally, having a small child to mind on top of normal research is hard and she may not be wanting to have a PhD student for a while