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Apollyon - Grammar Fascist

I would like to take time out from desperately trying to find a PhD to say that it's SERIOUSLY f---ing impossible to find one in Ireland.

OK, maybe that's not quite true. I mean, people get PhDs roughly every year, so it must be basically *possible*, right?

Still, every single PhD course in the country quite reasonably requires I have a 2:1 or better before I can sign up. I'll have my results in early June; so far so good.

Where it gets insane is the fact that IRCSET, the organisation that awards grants to PhD students, requires applications to be in by February 20th. This means I have to basically be accepted onto a course several months before I know if I'm eligible. Well, I technically *could* apply after the start date, if I don't mind living on the street and eating out of garbage bins.

Whose idea was this?!?!?!?!

Also, would it kill the average proffessor to reply to an email? Seriously, even if it's just to say "Sorry, there aren't any PhD positions available at the moment". How long would that take? C'mon, don't leave me in suspense! Yes, yes, I know I'm supposed to make contact with them in person, but I generally can't spend €20 or so on a bus to go to where they work and have a chat if I don't even know if there's anything to apply for.

Hell, even my own college is enarly as bad. Here, I'm in a position whereby I *can* ask a proffessor face-to-face, and I have done so, only to be told that they've applied for funding for PhD positions, but they won't know whether they've gotten it until April. Yeah, that's real helpful to those of us who need to have our IRCSET applications in in two weeks.

Gah smiley - crosssmiley - grr


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Apollyon - Grammar Fascist

News: Since writing the above, a prof at NUI Maynooth has replied to one of my emails, and actually seemed happy that somebody had expressed interest in what he's doing. It's bioinformatics, which is what my 4th year research project was in; I'd slightly prefer to work in a wet lab, but hey, it's a PhD with a good chance of having something to do with AIDS. Also, I did rather enjoy it.

Things are looking up!smiley - coolsmiley - biggrinsmiley - smiley

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