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When passion and career fail to reach a mutual understanding, then a person like me gets nurtured. A weird guy who is yet to learn to complain about anything but ready to offer a piece of advice to someone in need. I have an innate ability to observe the veiled truth, I see it when nobody expects anyone to watch. I am an unknown identity looking to explore the depths of this world in order to attain a meaning of my presence. I don't know who I am, because my own reactions deceive me sometimes. A responsible but careless, resourceful but crazy, focused but diverted, that is me. Life is my passion over anything else and everything else is secondary for me.


What did you do to get this position? This is the question often asked by my juniors and others looking for a PhD position. After a long duration of laziness, I am finally sitting on my chair to attempt it. It is better to divide the procedure into the vital steps. I am not going into the philosophy associated with the choice of pursuing a PhD or not. I assume that the reader wants a PhD and that is what will be answered here, in the best possible way.

The first step is to go to the website of the University where you want to try. I often recommend the rankings published by Times Higher Education and QS Rankings. Once you find a University, then you should find a professor whose work interests you. Almost every University lists the details of its academic and scientific staff under the academic>departments>faculty/personnel tab.  With some practice, anyone can easily zero in on a Professor or lab of choice. The next crucial step is to decide a format for mailing the concerned Professor. Generic e-mails have a negligible chance of inducing a reply. For reference, I have attached a sample which has shown a good success rate for applicants in Taiwan. Do not forget to attach your specifically made resume in the mail.

Rough Draft of an E-mail

After you get the reply, review the admission formalities which are often available under the admissions tab of the University’s website. It is often given as a PDF brochure and it contains everything about the admission requirements. In Taiwan, the common requirements are the following:

  • A proof of English proficiency such as TOEFL (requires about 70-90) or IELTS (requires a score of 6-8)
  • Recommendation letters: Some Universities require your referees to fill up the online form while others just need a letter on a official letter-head (Sample attached in the following)
  • A research proposal: This is just to prove that you can think of some scientific problems and ways to solve it. You have to prove your aptitude, which is the raw material of becoming a researcher (Sample attached in the following)
  • Some Universities ask for a Study Plan which is similar to a statement of purpose (Sample attached in the following)
  • Rest of the requirements vary from course to course and one can easily find them out in the brochure document
Sample of a recommendation letter

The following is a sample of research proposal:

Sample of a Research Proposal


The following is a sample of a study plan:

A Sample of Study Plan

Usually, there is no application cost for the Universities in Taiwan. One has to send the hard copies of the application document to the University. I hope it solves the initial confusion of how to look for PhD positions. For further queries, you can ask your questions in the comments below or mail me at <>

Good luck to everyone.