How important is the PhD interview?
Your PhD interview will be an important part of your postgraduate research application. This is your chance to meet your prospective department, discuss your project and show your potential as an academic researcher. Of course, it’s also when that potential is going to be assessed.
How do I contact potential PhD supervisor?
In most cases, the best way to make first contact with a potential PhD supervisor is by email. This should be a formal email, in many ways similar to an application cover letter.
How do you write an email to a potential PhD supervisor?
Here are some things to keep in mind when emailing potential PhD supervisors to increase your odds of getting a response.
- Keep it short. Professors are short of time and receive a ton of emails each day.
- Make a Connection.
- Have a Clear CTA.
- Introduce yourself.
- Have a Clear Subject Line.
- Thank them for their time.
- Follow up.
What skills do PhD students have?
Here are examples of PhD skill sets and ways to describe them.
- Analysis & Problem-Solving.
- Interpersonal & Leadership Skills.
- Project Management & Organization.
- Research & Information Management.
- Self-Management & Work Habits.
- Written & Oral Communication.
How do you greet a supervisor in an email?
The Six Best Ways to Start an Email
- 1 Hi [Name], In all but the most formal settings, this email greeting is the clear winner.
- 2 Dear [Name], Although dear can come across as stuffy, it’s appropriate for formal emails.
- 3 Greetings,
- 4 Hi there,
- 5 Hello, or Hello [Name],
- 6 Hi everyone,
What is a PhD interview like?
A presentation, based on your research proposal or area of expertise. A one-to-one discussion with your prospective supervisor. An informal lunch with your prospective supervisor, other members of your interview panel and / or current PhD students. Various ‘orientation’ activities.