How to write an award-winning email for a fully funded PhD scholarship?

How to write an award-winning email for a fully funded PhD scholarship?

As long as they follow this one rule, many students may get a PhD abroad, fully funded for:

Cold emailing

If you want to:

  • Show a professor how much you value their research.
  • Because professors will have a better impression of you when they look at your application.
  • You will be kept informed of any potential new areas of study that the professor is considering.

What makes a compelling, award-winning cold email?

1. Step one is to inquire.

    Discover how you can meaningfully contribute to their work by thoughtfully asking questions about their articles and research.

    They will respond to your inquiries about their job.

    The fact that you took the time to read their articles and think about potential research areas would impress them.

    2. No more than 400 to 450 words for each email.

      You would prefer that the professors not delay responding to you.

      In less than a minute, you should be able to see your email and get a response.

      This is a common occurrence in brief emails.

      3. Avoid including cover letters.

        You need to attach a CV.

        A cover letter is required when submitting a formal application to a program.

        Put simply, cold emails are inquiries.

        4. To prevent wasting their and your time, be sure to ask them directly whether you are seeking financing or internships.

        5. Give a short introduction (no more than two lines) and conclude the email with a request for further discussion of the proposed research areas.

        6. Your resume should be well-crafted and represent you professionally. Please send a polished version free of typos and clutter.

        7. Consider sending the email between 8 and 9 AM local time, taking into account their time zone.

          For this, use Gmail’s scheduling tool.

          8. After 7–10 days, merely respond to the original email in the morning to serve as a friendly reminder.

          This is the sample:

          “Dear Dr. (Last Name),

          Apologies for interrupting your schedule. I sent you an email expressing my interest in working with you, and I was hoping you could take a look.

          9. Remember to add a signature to the email on your end using the correct format. Gmail makes it easy for you to accomplish that.

            Dr AF Saeed

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