How does someone get PhD admission with low GRE Score (just above Average GRE score) and 100% funding with fellowship?

That’s exactly what you are going to learn during this interview with Ankush Korishettar – PhD Candidate, who will be traveling to USA in next 10 days.

Watch the Full Program

Video Summary

  • Link to the blog post
  • “Secret” Documentary – Dr. Joe Vitalie
  • Why study in USA?
  • Why PhD (after Masters in Biotech)
  • Amazing Visa interview experience
  • PhD University selection
  • Application and Waiting game
  • March – Month of Rejections
  • April – Time to Rejoice (Admit)

What did you think about this video interview? Do you have an inspiring and interesting story just like Ankush to share with HSB readers? Send me an email, let’s schedule time to talk.



  1. bhassy on August 29, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    Hello Raghu
    I got 301 (146v/155q) on gre and toefl yet to take I have 73% on my B Tech chemical engineering.I have 4.5 years of work experience in both production,projects and research in this I had been worked in UAE for one year.What is my chance of getting phd in chem engg in USA with funding .I am not looking for any top schools but I prefer medium ranked grad schools with enough funding, So please help me to select safer universities which can match my profile. I also have some doubt that having work experience abroad (I mean Gulf) would cause to any visa rejection under the law of potential immigrant is there any chance for such a situation?? please reply me…….

    • Raghuram Sukumar on August 29, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      You can get complete guidance in Hello America program. Link is in the sidebar – orange banner.

  2. robert on August 8, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Hi I did graduation in bsc computers in the year 2006 later worked with domestic bpo till 2008 and later joined Wipro ltd bpo as senior hardware engineer for desktops from 2008 till date and simultaneously did mba…
    Am interested in doing Phd in USA but would like to know whether for my profile am I eligible to do or not as I don’t have any research background for doing phd…
    Need ur help and the process how to approach..
    will be waiting for ur reply…

  3. Shabnam on July 30, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    Hello Raghu
    I had sat for GRE and was appalled at the score I received. I got only 296 and really not intending to sit for the test again because I have got a job and I really dont have enough hours in a day(i am a software engineer). I have got 152 in Quantitative and 144 in English, Writing- 3.5. I want to pursue MSc/Phd in Electrical Engineering. The recent email I received says that University of Texas at Tyler accepts student with low gre that is quite below what I got. I cannot afford the semester fee for the whole period. I need funding. Will I have to email the professors to get it?

  4. Rakesh Jha on July 28, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Hi Raghu

    It was a very nice interview and I wish Ankush the best for his PhD.

    I am also contemplating doing a PhD from US. Right now, I am about to complete my Master’s in Communication Engineering from Technical University of Munich. I had taken a GRE in 2010 and got a score of 1420. Will that score be valid if I apply now? Also, I wanted to know whether there is any specific grade requirements to get a PhD admit with funding?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 28, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      GRE is valid for 5 years. You should apply for PhD.

      • Piyush Routray on July 29, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        I gave my TOEFL on Nov 12, 2011. Will it be valid if I am applying to universities now? I am mailing the universities of my interest individually regarding this question now. However, would like to know if anyone has done this.

    • Prabhakaran on July 29, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      Hi Rakesh Jha,

      Is there any specific reason for you not to enter the job market, especially in Germany itself after your master’s ?

      Because, you are learning in a top university and job prospects in Germany are good. Any reply would be helpful.

      • Rakesh Jha on July 29, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        Hi Prabhakaran

        There is no specific reason. I have not made up my mind finally yet but I think I will go for a PhD. With regards to the jobs, it does not really matter whether one is from the top university or not. It is equally tough for everyone, especially in the current market situation where the hiring is little low. I hope it helps 🙂

        • Prabhakaran on July 30, 2013 at 4:10 AM

          Thanks for your reply.

          I understand the situation of the job market. And, PhD is really good for ambitious person like you.

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