How to Get into a Harvard Ph.D. Program
- Apart from getting good grades and GRE scores, here’s what you can do to virtually guarantee an admission offer from a decent PhD program (with full funding).
- Get some legitimate research experience under your belt.
- Professors prefer recruiting graduate students with decent research experience.
- Publish in journals with a Thomson Reuters impact factor or SCImago journal ranking, even before getting admitted to a PhD program.
- A legitimate first-author publication in a good journal is guaranteed to impress the admissions committee.
- Request reference letters from referees who themselves have decent publications.
- Work with researchers whose reference letters can make a difference.
- Professors abroad cross-check the publications of the applicant’s referees as well.
- Conduct your pre-PhD research at premier research institutes.
- Get trained on sophisticated research equipment that is currently in huge demand.
- Get some relevant industry experience if possible.
- Get advanced training in literature survey, research methodology, manuscript submission/grant writing, and mention it in your CV/SOP.
- Write a powerful statement of purpose that clearly shows how your research experience makes you a highly eligible PhD candidate (without sounding too boastful).
- Organize research events such as seminars and workshops, with help from your mentors. This shows initiative.
- Compete with your peers and try getting an award in research-related competitions. This will showcase your competitive side to the admissions committee.
- Do your homework and identify at least a few Professors with whom you would like to work, if offered an admission letter.
- Go through their important research publications and try to understand their work. Have your questions ready for them.
- However, do not commit yourself to any Professor before finishing your lab. rotations.
- Otherwise, you may get stuck with a weird/creepy Professor, who might waste your precious time and create hurdles for you.
- Finally, keep yourself updated with the latest research in your field.
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