Johndg2 Posted January 31, 2014 Share Posted January 31, 2014 Hello all, I'm just seeing if anyone has experience with applying to PhD programs in Europe. I applied to 10 programs for Fall 2014 in the USA but I really don't think I'm going to get in anywhere given my C/V so I'm looking at options in Europe. From what I've seen so for via websites, you do not take coursework and a lot of times can be directly admitted to a particular lab. This would benefit me as I have a Master's and my research interests are more specific. I have only contacted 2 professors so far, at the University of Dundee in Scotland, and I'm wondering if it would be a good strategy to contact professors before I formally apply to the announcement (usually they have announcements advertising open positions in labs). I am very eager to begin PhD studies, and would prefer to do one in the USA, but I have an unusual background that I feel makes me poised to start doctorate studies, but doesn't look so "good" on paper. I have 11 years of research experience spanning 4 labs. I have 2 publications and one pending in decent journals. My GRE is V(510) Q(700) W (4). My master's g.p.a is 3.2. My undergraduate g.p.a is low, like a 2.4, and I have explained this in an informal letter I wrote that most programs I applied to this cycle has allowed me to give them. Basically, I said that I was not motivated until I finished my undergrad and started doing research. However, the biggest reason I think I don't have a shot this time around is that I was actually in a doctorate program for 2 years but had to quit because my advisor ran out of money and the department couldn't offer me a TA. I had no other choice. My research was going well. What was I to do? Get a fulltime job AND be a student, that would have been insane. My former doctorate advisor and master's advisor are supporting my application and I have strong letters from them. Also not so good, I took four classes as a doc student and made 3 A's and 1 measly C. I have also explained that C in the letter I wrote. My SOP from programs was probably strong too. I dunno, I'm sure that most applicants are actually qualified to do the programs, but it seems so competitive, that I think I'll be passed up for a younger applicant with less research experience with a better academic record (I'm 39). I can see why an addcom would not accept me and this makes me depressed, especially knowing that I'm well capable. So you do you think? Do I have a better shot at getting into a lab in Europe by doing some networking? Thanks for your advice! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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