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How to Request Admission and Funding from Professor

Ehsanl About Funding, Writing email to professors asking for funding

I have completed BSc. in chemical engineering on October. I want to pursue my higher education in petroleum engineering in a US university and am planning to apply for Spring semester. I have queries on following points:

1. I have read the article titled “Got Reply from Professor – Disappointing!”. I propounded the questions stated in this article before myself and got positive answers for all of them. My question is how much is the possibility of getting funding if i apply for a MS leading to PhD program instead of applying for only MS or only PhD program? I ask this because i prefer MS over PhD after completing BSc. But at the same time, it is crucial for me to get admission for Spring 2011 semester with funding. Please do not get me wrong thinking that I only want to do PhD because it will help me getting fund. I have a strong resolve for doing research work and I plan to continue my studies after the completion of MS degree.

Chances of getting funding wen you apply for MS leading to PhD is same as applying for MS. You have better chances to get funding if you apply for PhD (within first 2 semesters or with admission).

2. What is the right time to contact professors? Is it before applying to the university or after applying? I have read the articles titled “Right way to contact Professor’s during admission process” and “When and How to Contact Professors?”. The first and second articles suggest to write to professors after (or during) & before applying respectively.

You can write to professors anytime. If your first email is about funding, most of them will not respond to you. First you have to ask for chances of admission and working under them. For which you should be aware of research work they are involved.

3. My undergraduate thesis, project and my jobs were not related to petroleum engineering. I have no paper published, but I have my thesis work published by a German publication in the form of a monograph. I only completed 2 courses of petroleum engineering in my undergraduate program. What should I do to increase my chances of getting admitted into petroleum engineering program of a US university? I suppose, I do not have sufficient time to start to work on & finish projects or papers related to petroleum engineering.

When you don’t have research background, I prefer to apply for Masters and PhD. If you get admission for Masters, then after getting Visa and reaching USA, you can convert your degree to PhD.  Couple of research work you have completed will definitely increase your admission chances.

4. How long an email written to a professor should be? Should it be like the one exemplified in the article titled “Email Template to Contact Graduate School Professors” or like the one in the article titled “Right way to contact Professor’s during admission process”?

Keep it short and it should show you know what  you are talking about. If your first email looks like this

” Hi Professor, I’m applying for admission to your university for Fall semester, I’m want to know if you can give me funding?”

Most of  the prospective students are writing emails just to ask for funding. When you talk to professor, you have to show/prove

  • how you can use useful to them and
  • ways you can contribute to their research

Suggestion

After reading your comment, it clearly shows that you have read all the related articles about writing email to professors. Now you have to do something similar when writing email to them.

Visit professors website, read about their research work, check if any of the research matches the paper you have presented. Have that as common point to convey your interest.

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13 Comments

  1. Hi sir,

    I have completed MSc chemistry in 2008 and have 75% marks.May I get the financial assistance.I want to do my PhD on physical/organic/inorganic chemistry and not interested in biochemistry

  2. i completed master in biotechnlogy from banaras hindu university and want to do p.hd from US but presently i am working not related to my subject so what kind of visa they will allow me i worked for 1 year as counseller. they accept my application or not.

  3. hello.
    i wanna know how can i apply for north American good universities (USA & Canada universities) while i have no publication such as article or any book and my average number(grade) at both undergrajuate and master carieer is not very good.
    please give me more information.
    thanks so much.

  4. HI I AM A FEMALE NIGERIAN, I WANT TO DO A PHD IN ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY, I WANT ADMISSION IN A REPUTABLE UNIVERSITY IN USA AND I ALSO WANT TO BE LINKED TO A PROFESSOR WHO IS DOING A RESEARCH IN WASTE WATER, WASTE MANAGEMENT OR AIR POLLUTION, I WANT ADMISSION FOR SPRING 2011 SESSION , THANKS

  5. Hello!!! I am Bindu , pursuing graduation under computer science stream and i want to pursue MS in Us .So, can u suggest me which course makes me come up with programming in computer science engineering and a list of universities with affordable finance and good facilities for safe living.

  6. Hello!!! I'm VIVEK and I am pursuing graduation and I want to appear for GRE to pursue MS in US . So, can u suggest me which universities are offering Networking course at affordable expenses and with avg GRE score.

  7. Hello …Hw R U Every1 ??? Guys …Plz I Need Ur Advice … I'll Join Gre Class On 18aug to 1 oct …!! But I Dnt Hav Any Idea Abt Application's And All Those Procedures …Can U Plz Tell Me …!! And Some One Told Me Tat …Applications start Frm Aug …But I Dnt HAv Time For Tofel Class….Without Toefl I Can Send The Application Or Wat ??
    And Can I Got The Admission For Ms In Fall 2011 Or Wat ??? And Wat's The Minimum Score Require In Gre And Toefl ..??? Plz Guys …!!

  8. hello!!! i applied for masters in chemistry and got the admission in an university in US. i secure the visa too and iam going to fly to the university in a few days.. but now i found a change in my interest from chemistry towards health care management…….can any one tell me Do i have any chance to shift to the health care management at the present situation by contacting the university people??? or i have to wait till the end of first semester to do it??.

  9. hello,
    I had completed my M.Sc. & M.Phil. biotechnology. I want to join Ph.D. program from UK university.What is the procedure for join this course?

  10. hello!!!!!
    I am Reena and i have done my Bachelors degree from Nepal in Management and i wanted to pursue my masters degree from U.S in management and i wanted to study MBA by this January,2010.
    I wanted to know about the process i need to do and the name of the universities where i can apply for scholarships.

  11. pls can you suggest u.s university offering medical genetics at ms.c degree at affordable expenses or with grants/financial aid in california state

  12. Pls can you suggest u.s uni offering pure biotechnology at m.sc level at affordable expenses or with grants/financial aid

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