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Really depends on how the scholarships are allocated, but you have already acknowledged this.
I had three different supervisors accept me for their PhDs and therefore applied for three scholarships, failed for two, and got one. I applied to other places (which came with funding) while I waited though, since you really don't want to put all your eggs in one basket. Then again the other places didn't require me to apply to the same funding body, since they came with funding, so that might affect it. Also each of the scholarships I applied for came from different sources too.
This will give you an idea at least...or I hope it does anyway.
I'm not sure I understand. It seems to me though that there is no harm in accepting. They'll use your work regardless and at least you get something out of it. As I say I may have missed something but that is the way I see it.
Hope you feel better about it all soon though...it's a shame you feel that way about your supervisor and that they'd behave that way.
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Sneaks has given you some good ideas of how to earn a bit extra on the side, so I won't add to that. The only thing I can say is that I've converted the amount you shall be getting to sterling and I've lived off less for 4 years as I did my degree. Of course I don't know if where you'll be studying has high living costs (so if it does then my experience will not really apply) but I managed with most of my sanity. :p
So I think it is doable and I think you would survive. You just need to be very careful with your spending...I'm not a big fan of loans but if you felt you needed better living standards for your final year then maybe you could get a loan then...or simply so you can give up the extra work to focus on writing up.
So my point...I think it is doable but if you can get the extra work then even better.
Like DanB said most people seem to like Endnote. As it's not free I don't use it. I've got a combination of things...Connotea to store the papers I have found online, Zotero for referencing in my word documents and OneNote to keep the notes I have made on the papers I have read. I've just started my PhD so no idea if it will work in the long run but it worked quite well for my undergrad.
Ok I don't understand that reasoning at all. It's just cheating not a way to remove a headache. If you are studying something you enjoy then doing these assignments should be your favourite thing. You get to research and examine something that is of great interest in your subject. Assignments were my favourite way of learning...and it lets you explore your subject in a different way than just simply turning up to lectures.
Not doing assignments yourself is just wasting your time at uni...
Clothes first...Dark trousers, nice shoes and a smart top/shirt. You might feel it is too much but then it shows that these informal chats still mean a lot to you.
As for what to expect, from my own experience you are generally asked about your research interests, projects you may have done before such as undergrad or masters work, why you want to undertake a PhD, what you hope to gain from it and what you would like to do in the future.
If you have your own proposal then obviously they will want to discuss it but if it's their own project then they will ask why you are interested in it. It would be good if you could give some insight into the project beyond what they have said but if not then don't worry, sounding interested and enthusiastic is more than enough.
Hope this is of some use and good luck with it all! :-)
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Excellent idea for a thread! :-)
I would like to include:
Kate Bush - Babooshka (got me through my final year dissertation)
Cat Stevens - Peace Train (simply a song that makes me smile)
Bob Dylan - Most of the Time (Alternative version)
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