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Potential professors don't reply


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Hello folks! I wrote 7 potential professors from different universities and didn't get any reply. I tried both formal and more sincere mails, all of them were polite. I am interested in specific field of Physics and I think there is no problem in expressing my research area. What do you think the possible reason is?

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1 hour ago, Satellite said:

Thank you @TakeruK. Most of them in a stage that application deadline has passed, but decisions have not made, yet. Professors themselves indicate that the best time to contact with them is during the evaluation process (after deadline, but before decision made). Is that mean they reached my documents and decided they are not interesting in me or they just trying to be patient until all decisions will be made? Please comment

Oh okay, I thought you meant you were contacting professors at places you have not yet applied to.

What are you writing in the emails? What kind of response were you hoping for? It would be hard to guess why there is no reply because I am not a professor! But some reasons are:

- You did not write anything that required a reply
- They want to wait until decisions are made before replying to you because they have no information for you at this point
- They aren't interested in you
- They don't like to be emailed while they are trying to make decisions

There could be a lot of reasons! But I am actually not sure why you want to email professors after the deadline but before any decisions. I think the best time is actually to write them before applying so that information you learn can be used in the application. But many professors won't want to correspond with any applicant until the applicant is accepted since they get so many emails.

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This is a weird time of year to be writing to professors. 

If you are hoping to start in Fall 2017, are you writing to professors at universities that are still accepting applications? Many schools have closed applications for Fall 2017 now.

If you are hoping to start in Fall 2018, it is way too early to write to professors. Try again in 6 months.

 

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Thank you @TakeruK. Most of them in a stage that application deadline has passed, but decisions have not made, yet. Professors themselves indicate that the best time to contact with them is during the evaluation process (after deadline, but before decision made). Is that mean they reached my documents and decided they are not interesting in me or they just trying to be patient until all decisions will be made? Please comment

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I don't know what the reason could be. I basically turned down one university program because one potential supervisor would rarely answer my emails. It just did not give me a good impression that our academic relationship would be good. 

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