Important Tips when Emailing Professors

Ever sent emails to Profs, tried several times & still no response?

Sometimes, maybe not because of funding per se & your mail might even be concise too.
This thread will give hints on what to do- based on personal experience.

More often than not, people send generic emails to Profs with the hope that you'll be selected based on your CV & transcript- while this is good, some (especially, senior) Professors will not reply and your email can be trashed on arrival (they receive 100s of such)

Another, perhaps good way is to write a "concept note" of your research (a page is okay) & attach to your email. I know some Profs that will not reply you without a brief concept note. If some likes your profile, they can ask you to send a short proposal-not always the case

Your short concept note isn't final, they just want to have a good idea of some research that interests you and to see how you fit into their research work.

If you want ideas on writing Short Proposal (brief concept note), see this thread👇

Good luck!


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Another potential reason you don't get response is because you're emailing Professors in High-paying tuition schools (e.g- UofT, McGill & UBC).

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Most times Prof wants to accept you, but when they think of the associated cost😒- they give up!

Listed below are some schools you should prioritize emailing Profs there.

(N.B: Cheap is RELATIVE)

In an avg. Uni in Canada, Int students need ~$ 20 to 30K/year (CAD) for tuition fees. Too high & might even be the total amount Prof wants to give you- Perhaps clarifies why you're not getting a response when you email and not necessarily because of your profile?

So, by emailing schools with lower tuition fees, you stand a better chance of getting a response (and possibly acceptance).

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