Oguz Kaan Kısa · Jan. 14, 2021
If you would like to take your academic study even further, then a PhD might be right for you. Finding a PhD program may feel like an enormous task and that’s even before you started it.
So how do you find a PhD program ? Here are some tips to help you find the perfect PhD program for you.
There are only two ways to find a Phd in the UK. The first one is to decide on what your topic will be and then you have to find an institution, a supervisor and funding. This search generally begins at your current university. Seeking a supervisor who shares your curiosity and passion for the topic is a daunting challenge, as is selecting the subject topic in the first place, but many institutions provide searches for supervisors through their websites. The second way is to find a fully funded PhD program in an institution department that has already obtained funds for research. These are marketed in a number of locations similar to most academic jobs, including university websites. You should and have to be enthusiastic about the topic you are researching, don’t just think about the research question and stop there. There are deadline applications for PhDs in some universities in the UK other ones accept applications for available positions all year round.
Similarly to the UK, you can apply for a PhD research position in a university which already has the funding obtained or you can find a supervisor and an institution for your own research topic and give the money needed for the research yourself in Europe. All the countries in Europe have slightly different regulations and rules of themselves but they are widely similar and almost all the countries have their own research councils that supply the funding that is needed. Most of the universities or institutions advertise their PhD positions on their own websites and other databases. When you are applying for a PhD in Europe, you should keep in mind which language the institution operates in, many institutions, specifically scientific ones, operate in English not their local language, so be sure you know your English well. Certain universities in Europe have a deadline date for PhD applications, for instance, The Norwegian School of Economics’ deadline is 1st of February.
So now you learned about how to find a PhD in Europe and the UK let’s see what USA has to offer. Finding a PhD program in the USA is a little bit different from the UK and Europe. Most people here apply to Graduate School after finishing their undergraduate degrees and continue their PhD in the same School. After spending a couple of years in the Graduate School a research topic might pop up on your mind and you can continue on to a PhD. Many PhD programs can be looked and applied for, as you would for an undergraduate or masters degree, by searching at the course lists. In the USA you need to search for funding so attending a university many PhD students apply for assistantships. These positions are paid for so Phd students are expected to work in the department they are studying in.