Letter to potential supervisors for PhD

10-Dec-17, 10:50
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by lissal
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posted about 3 years ago
So I have been working on my emails to potential supervisors for PhD. I would like to pitch my idea for a research proposal, but I am also open to other suggestions. Is it alright to mention that I do not mind discussing other ideas with the professor? Or does it make me look like I'm not sure about what I want?
10-Dec-17, 16:45
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by Nad75
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posted about 3 years ago
In my experience, the professors appreciate having a well-written proposal with research questions/hypothesis, timeline, background reading (mini literature review). It gives them an idea of how you envision your research path, how much you know now, and where they can offer suggestions for improvement.
10-Dec-17, 17:42
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by bignige
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posted about 3 years ago
I would stick with one proposal rather than suggesting that you might fashion changes to be in line with what the supervisor suggests.

I have had a number of offers and simply emailed my proposal with a note asking if the recipient or a colleague might be interested in supervising me.

In every case I received a response.



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