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Q&A: Advice on applying for a PhD position in Europe

I recently received the following question from a reader – edited to preserve anonymity:


Currently I am applying to PhD positions in Europe but not getting a preferable response and now I have started to get disappointed in myself.
My request is please give me your valuable advice on how can I achieve a PhD position in the My Field.
I am highly interested to pursue PhD in the field of my interest.
I found your contact details from & I hope you can help me through this situation.
Please see my details/profile in my CV attached in this mail.
Please let me know if you need any further information about me.
I realize how busy you must be and highly appreciate your time.
Waiting for your kind reply,


I will expand on this topic on a future post, but my quick answer was as follows:

Dear XXX,

Thanks for writing me.
Here are a few things to consider:
– If you apply for a position, apply for an open position as advertised on for example AcademicTransfer
– Don’t cold email professors
– Make sure you fulfil the requirements for GPA and requested exams before you apply.

I hope that helps.


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