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Thread: Funding opportunities for non-UK PhD students

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17-Feb-20, 10:33
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I think it heavily depends on the field. Research councils nearly exclusively fund UK/EU citizens. However as PhoenixFuture said interanl funding is usually opne to international students. Also external research funding bodies such as Wellcome, Trust, Leverhulme, Marie Curie, Charities etc allow international students, which could be an option


Thank you, I am sure this will help her :)

Thread: ESRC Bursary and NHS costs

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17-Feb-20, 10:32
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Yes, unfortunately it does.

Thread: Concerned I made the right choice of university...

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17-Feb-20, 10:31
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I had a postdoc interview and my now boss said something that made me rethink my opinions on being at the best universities. To be clear I have no hate whatsoever towards top universities or the Russels. He said to me you can be in the best university in the world with the best project but that doesn't guarantee success. You make your own success by being proactive, taking opportunities, asking to learn things and asking your supervisors to meet/introduce people. Now that isn't to say it is easier if you are at a Russel but it isn't unheard of to go from an ex-poly to a Russel. I did it from my Bachelors to my PhD. I guess what I am trying to say is maximise all the chances you are given and look for opportunities out side of your department, any societies where you can network.

Thread: Funding opportunities for non-UK PhD students

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16-Feb-20, 16:16
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Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone could help me to help a friend of mine. She is trying to get a PhD position in biology in the UK ideally in London. However, one hurdle is that she is from India so she cannot apply for most advertised PhD students.

I know it is a long shot but does anyone have any idea of where she could get funding or any advice?

Thank you in advance!

Some (not all) universities offer their own studentships for international applicants. Research councils typically only fund UK and EU students (to varying extents). Universities may also offer international bursaries to residents of certain countries. It's a case of seeking these things out, as there is not really a central register of funding opportunities for international students.


Thank you, she was completely lost where to start so this really helps :)

Thread: Not moving forward is causing me great distress

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14-Feb-20, 22:38
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Firstly, I think every PhD student feels like this at some point in their PhD so hopefully that gives you a little comfort. That doubt you're feeling is imposter syndrome but don't let it win. You got into your PhD so you are good enough and clearly your supervisor thinks so too. I believe in you :)

Focus first on the literature review as your supervisor suggested. So if I was you I would breakdown the steps you need to get the literature review done and set deadlines for each step: 1. read the papers and make summaries of them, 2. use the summaries to make paragraphs, 3. edit the paragraphs so they flow 4. proof read literature review. This is how I did mine but my PhD is a science one so it may differ. The biggest hurdle for me was starting to write, so I would set a timer for 20 minutes and get rid of all distractions and write. As you get over the fear of writing increase the length of each session.

I would schedule a meeting with your supervisor to begin to prepare the actual data collecting part , so to begin to understand how to do the interviews or questionnaires and begin to think about preparing these if you have to. If you have to prepare set yourself one night/day a week to focus just on that.

Now with the publishing I don't know for your field but I recently finished my PhD with just a review published so no original work and got a postdoc in academia, that being said I got a few good offers outside of academia too e.g. publishing. I am not sure not publishing will be too detrimental to getting a good job but again it is a different field. Perhaps tell your supervisor you want to get published and see if you can write a review (not sure if they have these in your field) whilst you collect data. When writing up your thesis it is quite easy to prepare a manuscript to publish.

Thread: Funding opportunities for non-UK PhD students

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14-Feb-20, 22:16
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Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone could help me to help a friend of mine. She is trying to get a PhD position in biology in the UK ideally in London. However, one hurdle is that she is from India so she cannot apply for most advertised PhD students.

I know it is a long shot but does anyone have any idea of where she could get funding or any advice?

Thank you in advance!

Thread: What is the role of your second supervisor?

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11-Feb-20, 13:37
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Second supervisors vary greatly in their role and how much they help. Ideally, a second supervisor would take an active role in the progress of your PhD and have regular meetings. This is because if you have a dispute with your primary supervisor or they leave/get ill the other supervisor should be able to take over supervision with ease. My second supervisor only ever checked my progress reports, reports done every 9 months to continue with the PhD. I think it's best to ask them how much of a role they want to take. Them showing to a first meeting is a good sign, something my second supervisor never did.

Thread: Have you seen anyone who got a postdoc job without a first-authored paper?

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09-Feb-20, 12:32
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If it is any comfort to you I just accepted a postdoc at a very good uni without publishing. The panel said they chose me over other candidates who all had had postdoc jobs already because they liked me and that I fitted in well with their team. It wasn't an easy process but I got there. My 3 main tips for this are: 1. ace the presentation of your thesis work, 2. emphasis you want to learn and 3. read up on all things related to the project. Also they love the question: where do postdocs in your department go on to do? If you can get any experience teaching project students or demonstrating they loved that.


Congrats! This is really encouraging!


Thank you!

Thread: Have you seen anyone who got a postdoc job without a first-authored paper?

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09-Feb-20, 12:31
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Congrats. How far are you from completing your PhD? I have been thinking about when the best time to start applying for postdocs will be (also in science). I probably wouldn't be able to start a position until next Jan.


Thanks :)

I just having my corrections post viva to complete. I started applying in September when I handed in. I applied for 14 postdocs got 5 interviews but my PhD was in something super niche. If you are thinking to start in January start applying around about Sep/Oct.

Thread: Have you seen anyone who got a postdoc job without a first-authored paper?

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06-Feb-20, 18:09
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Congratulations Sciencegirl!


Thanks :)

Thread: Have you seen anyone who got a postdoc job without a first-authored paper?

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06-Feb-20, 14:02
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I am in a similar situation due to an issue of an author on my paper that should be first name. I am applying for postdocs and have had 4 interviews, my lack of publishing has never openly been said as a reason I did not get a postdoc. I can think of quite a few people I know who got postdocs without a first author publication in science.

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Thank you for letting me know there are postdocs who didn't have first authored papers. You said 'my lack of publishing has never openly been said as a reason I did not get a postdoc', but what did they openly tell you? What's the reason for their refusing to give you the job? I'm wondering what I need to show them to convince them to hire me if I lack good papers. Do you know how those postdocs who didn't have first-authored papers got their postdoc job? What do the PIs seek from applicants?


Sorry for the very late reply. The reason I was given varied but was quite often was along the lines of we found someone who we get on better with or we have someone who has more experience in the lab than you.

If it is any comfort to you I just accepted a postdoc at a very good uni without publishing. The panel said they chose me over other candidates who all had had postdoc jobs already because they liked me and that I fitted in well with their team. It wasn't an easy process but I got there. My 3 main tips for this are: 1. ace the presentation of your thesis work, 2. emphasis you want to learn and 3. read up on all things related to the project. Also they love the question: where do postdocs in your department go on to do? If you can get any experience teaching project students or demonstrating they loved that.

Thread: MRes after MSc as I plan to do PhD

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06-Feb-20, 13:54
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In my opinion, I would be tempted to take a research assistant role. Let me explain why. This would give you a chance to earn some money, network and increase your skillset. It may lead to more publications which will help and often a research lead will be willing to write a grant or get funding for you to do a PhD.

However, if you have tried this or aren't keen to do this then yes an MRes could be helpful. Have you had any feedback on your applications?

Thread: Have you seen anyone who got a postdoc job without a first-authored paper?

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15-Jan-20, 16:26
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I am in a similar situation due to an issue of an author on my paper that should be first name. I am applying for postdocs and have had 4 interviews, my lack of publishing has never openly been said as a reason I did not get a postdoc. I can think of quite a few people I know who got postdocs without a first author publication in science.

Thread: Job woes

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08-Jan-20, 18:23
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I am hoping that now Christmas is over that there will be more jobs to apply for. I am going to widen my search to abroad (not UK) as well but the thought of moving abroad terrifies me but I need money... I have tried speculatively for the USA but unfortunately the only lab interested did not get the funding but I agree it might be worth trying again. I guess if I don't get anything soon I will take some related science job not research based and just accept research wasn't meant to be.

You are 100% right about the thesis corrections, my supervisor gave me a telling off for not doing them as she says it will increase my chance of getting a job when they are done because they know for sure I have a PhD awarded. I ddi start the corrections today.

Thank you!

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Hi Sciencegirl

] I don't know where you're from, but where I live the last quarter of the year sucks applying for jobs, company and academic are at the end of their yearly budget, money tight, and admin staff are being pulled in a different direction, and hiring new staff isn't top of the list.

In terms of thesis correction, remember there is a deadline in which they have to be submitted. When you do get a job it will be harder to get them done. I had my job a month, took time off for my viva and then had to do correction in the evening. It was tough after a long day in work.

Thread: Job woes

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07-Jan-20, 15:22
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Hi everyone,

I need some advice I defended my PhD viva in December subject to minor corrections. Since I handed in in September I have been applying for jobs in research and mostly in academia but a few in industry. I have had a few interviews but no job offers yet. All my interview feedback has been very good but always there was someone slightly more skilled than you or had published more.I have had my CV checked by a prof at Harvard and she said it was good and my cover letters have been checked by a number of profs and postdocs all good there too. If I can't get a job I can't get anymore experience whilst my PhD lab is great they have no money to keep me. Most of my cohort all have jobs already.

I am feeling a bit trapped here. I am struggling to find the motivation to do my PhD corrections because it seems pointless because I can't get a job. Yes, I know the job market is tough but when everyone asks if I have a job it gets me down.My advisor thinks it's a numbers game and that my % of interviews to applications is correct.

Does anyone have any advice or tips for the job search or on how to get motivated to do the thesis corrections? Has anyone else been in a similar situation and if so what did you do?
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