The best answers to “Why do you want to do a PhD?”

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If you are interviewing for a PhD position, chances are high that you will be asked about your motivation to do a PhD. And sometimes, simple questions are the hardest to answer. Therefore, it is smart to prepare an excellent response to this question in advance.

Creating your unique answer to “Why do you want to do a PhD?”

Reasons to do a PhD are as diverse as PhD topics and PhD programmes: there is no one-size-fits-all approach.

While this diversity is a good thing, the lack of clarity on what a good answer to the question “Why do you want to do a PhD?” constitutes, makes it particularly daunting.

And indeed, this question should not be taken lightly:

A convincing response during a PhD application interview increases your chance of securing the position: it clarifies your ambition and can leave a memorable impression.

To impress your interviewers with an answer, preparation is key. The first step is to reflect on your personal ‘why’:

Write down everything that comes to your mind. Your notes could include words like “ curiosity” , and short sentences such as “ to be able to become a professor in the future” but also honest reflections such as “ I want to be able to call myself Dr”.

The next step is to sort your notes, select the answers you want to highlight, and frame your response.

The following categories are some of the best to frame your unique answer to the question:

  • scientific curiosity
  • societal or environmental ambitions
  • self-development
  • (academic) career prospects.

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Doing a PhD to satisfy your scientific curiosity

Curiosity is one of the key qualities of successful postgraduate students . Hence, answers to “Why do you want to do a PhD?” that centre around ambitions to satisfy your scientific curiosity are usually appreciated during PhD interviews.

There are different ways to emphasise your scientific curiosity. For instance, you could explain how a specific topic caught your interest. For example by reading the work of a specific scholar, following a course, or listening to a talk.

You could also mention previous research that you did (for instance in a bachelor’s or master’s thesis), which aroused your curiosity to dig deeper and find out more.

For all answers framed by scientific curiosity, make sure to highlight a lack of knowledge and open questions that you would like to answer by doing a PhD. And don’t just say “ I find it interesting “. Be concrete!

Doing a PhD because of your societal or environmental ambitions

Many people connect their answers to “Why do you want to do a PhD?” to societal or environmental ambitions. And for a reason: These answers can be very powerful!

Societal ambitions could be, for instance, to eradicate a specific infectious disease, combat child poverty or increase female participation in the labour market. Environmental ambitions could be, for instance, to reduce CO2 emissions, tackle plastic pollution or protect an endangered species.

When you are preparing your unique response, and want to connect it to societal or environmental ambitions, make sure to provide some details and make it personal.

You can, for instance, tell a short personal story about why you find something important. Did you have a life-changing experience? Or do you maybe know someone who has been affected by a societal shortcoming?

Doing a PhD for self-development

If you are motivated to do a PhD because of societal or environmental ambitions, good for you. But if you don’t, there is also no need to worry!

You don’t need to have ambitions to save the world or win a Nobel prize as a prerequisite to doing a PhD. There is nothing wrong with answering the question “Why do you want to do a PhD?” by focusing on yourself.

On the contrary, openness and a drive to improve yourself and learn new skills are highly valued by PhD supervisors. Thus, self-development can be another good framework for your answer.

You can emphasise your ambition for self-development by mentioning specific things you want to learn, or skills you want to acquire or improve. Create a short backstory with a rationale. In that way, your interviewers will easily understand what you want to develop and why you think a PhD programme is a right place to do so.

Doing a PhD to improve your (academic) career prospects

Another legitimate reason for wanting to do a PhD is your professional goals. These goals can involve a career within academia, or outside of academia. (Both have valid advantages and disadvantages .)

Ambitions to work within academia are more straightforward to explain. For example, in most cases, you simply need a PhD to secure a lecturer position or professorship.

If you don’t have ambitions to climb the academic ladder, but still think that doing a PhD will improve your career prospects, please go ahead! Just make sure to sufficiently substantiate your reasons, as your interviewer may not be familiar with, for instance, certain job requirements outside of academia.

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In this post we’ll explore what academic burnout is and how it comes about, then discuss some tips I picked up for managing mental health during my own PhD.

Please note that I am by no means an expert in this area. I’ve worked in seven different labs before, during and after my PhD so I have a fair idea of research stress but even so, I don’t have all the answers.

If you’re feeling burnt out or depressed and finding the pressure too much, please reach out to friends and family or give the Samaritans a call to talk things through.

Note – This post, and its follow on about maintaining PhD motivation were inspired by a reader who asked for recommendations on dealing with PhD fatigue. I love hearing from all of you, so if you have any ideas for topics which you, or others, could find useful please do let me know either in the comments section below or by getting in contact . Or just pop me a message to say hi. 🙂

This post is part of my PhD mindset series, you can check out the full series below:

  • PhD Burnout: Managing Energy, Stress, Anxiety & Your Mental Health (this part!)
  • PhD Motivation: How to Stay Driven From Cover Letter to Completion
  • How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Studying

What is PhD Burnout?

Whenever I’ve gone anywhere near social media relating to PhDs I see overwhelmed PhD students who are some combination of overwhelmed, de-energised or depressed.

Specifically I often see Americans talking about the importance of talking through their PhD difficulties with a therapist, which I find a little alarming. It’s great to seek help but even better to avoid the need in the first place.

Sadly, none of this is unusual. As this survey shows, depression is common for PhD students and of note: at higher levels than for working professionals.

All of these feelings can be connected to academic burnout.

The World Health Organisation classifies burnout as a syndrome with symptoms of:

– Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; – Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; – Reduced professional efficacy. Symptoms of burnout as classified by the WHO. Source .

This often leads to students falling completely out of love with the topic they decided to spend years of their life researching!

The pandemic has added extra pressures and constraints which can make it even more difficult to have a well balanced and positive PhD experience. Therefore it is more important than ever to take care of yourself, so that not only can you continue to make progress in your project but also ensure you stay healthy.

What are the Stages of Burnout?

Psychologists Herbert Freudenberger and Gail North developed a 12 stage model of burnout. The following graphic by The Present Psychologist does a great job at conveying each of these.

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I don’t know about you, but I can personally identify with several of the stages and it’s scary to see how they can potentially lead down a path to complete mental and physical burnout. I also think it’s interesting that neglecting needs (stage 3) happens so early on. If you check in with yourself regularly you can hopefully halt your burnout journey at that point.

PhDs can be tough but burnout isn’t an inevitability. Here are a few suggestions for how you can look after your mental health and avoid academic burnout.

Overcoming PhD Burnout

Manage your energy levels, maintaining energy levels day to day.

  • Eat well and eat regularly. Try to avoid nutritionless high sugar foods which can play havoc with your energy levels. Instead aim for low GI food . Maybe I’m just getting old but I really do recommend eating some fruit and veg. My favourite book of 2021, How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reduce Disease , is well worth a read. Not a fan of veggies? Either disguise them or at least eat some fruit such as apples and bananas. Sliced apple with some peanut butter is a delicious and nutritious low GI snack. Check out my series of posts on cooking nutritious meals on a budget.
  • Get enough sleep. It doesn’t take PhD-level research to realise that you need to rest properly if you want to avoid becoming exhausted! How much sleep someone needs to feel well-rested varies person to person, so I won’t prescribe that you get a specific amount, but 6-9 hours is the range typically recommended. Personally, I take getting enough sleep very seriously and try to get a minimum of 8 hours.

A side note on caffeine consumption: Do PhD students need caffeine to survive?

In a word, no!

Although a culture of caffeine consumption goes hand in hand with intense work, PhD students certainly don’t need caffeine to survive. How do I know? I didn’t have any at all during my own PhD. In fact, I wrote a whole post about it .

By all means consume as much caffeine as you want, just know that it doesn’t have to be a prerequisite for successfully completing a PhD.

Maintaining energy throughout your whole PhD

  • Pace yourself. As I mention later in the post I strongly recommend treating your PhD like a normal full-time job. This means only working 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Doing so could help realign your stress, anxiety and depression levels with comparatively less-depressed professional workers . There will of course be times when this isn’t possible and you’ll need to work longer hours to make a certain deadline. But working long hours should not be the norm. It’s good to try and balance the workload as best you can across the whole of your PhD. For instance, I often encourage people to start writing papers earlier than they think as these can later become chapters in your thesis. It’s things like this that can help you avoid excess stress in your final year.
  • Take time off to recharge. All work and no play makes for an exhausted PhD student! Make the most of opportunities to get involved with extracurricular activities (often at a discount!). I wrote a whole post about making the most of opportunities during your PhD . PhD students should have time for a social life, again I’ve written about that . Also give yourself permission to take time-off day to day for self care, whether that’s to go for a walk in nature, meet friends or binge-watch a show on Netflix. Even within a single working day I often find I’m far more efficient when I break up my work into chunks and allow myself to take time off in-between. This is also a good way to avoid procrastination!

Reduce Stress and Anxiety

During your PhD there will inevitably be times of stress. Your experiments may not be going as planned, deadlines may be coming up fast or you may find yourself pushed too far outside of your comfort zone. But if you manage your response well you’ll hopefully be able to avoid PhD burnout. I’ll say it again: stress does not need to lead to burnout!

Everyone is unique in terms of what works for them so I’d recommend writing down a list of what you find helpful when you feel stressed, anxious or sad and then you can refer to it when you next experience that feeling.

I’ve created a mental health reminders print-out to refer to when times get tough. It’s available now in the resources library (subscribe for free to get the password!).

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Below are a few general suggestions to avoid PhD burnout which work for me and you may find helpful.

  • Exercise. When you’re feeling down it can be tough to motivate yourself to go and exercise but I always feel much better for it afterwards. When we exercise it helps our body to adapt at dealing with stress, so getting into a good habit can work wonders for both your mental and physical health. Why not see if your uni has any unusual sports or activities you could try? I tried scuba diving and surfing while at Imperial! But remember, exercise doesn’t need to be difficult. It could just involve going for a walk around the block at lunch or taking the stairs rather than the lift.
  • Cook / Bake. I appreciate that for many people cooking can be anything but relaxing, so if you don’t enjoy the pressure of cooking an actual meal perhaps give baking a go. Personally I really enjoy putting a podcast on and making food. Pinterest and Youtube can be great visual places to find new recipes.
  • Let your mind relax. Switching off is a skill and I’ve found meditation a great way to help clear my mind. It’s amazing how noticeably different I can feel afterwards, having not previously been aware of how many thoughts were buzzing around! Yoga can also be another good way to relax and be present in the moment. My partner and I have been working our way through 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene on Youtube and I’d recommend it as a good way to ease yourself in. As well as being great for your mind, yoga also ticks the box for exercise!
  • Read a book. I’ve previously written about the benefits of reading fiction * and I still believe it’s one of the best ways to relax. Reading allows you to immerse yourself in a different world and it’s a great way to entertain yourself during a commute.

* Wondering how I got something published in Science ? Read my guide here .

Talk It Through

  • Meet with your supervisor. Don’t suffer in silence, if you’re finding yourself struggling or burned out raise this with your supervisor and they should be able to work with you to find ways to reduce the pressure. This may involve you taking some time off, delegating some of your workload, suggesting an alternative course of action or signposting you to services your university offers.

Also remember that facing PhD-related challenges can be common. I wrote a whole post about mine in case you want to cheer yourself up! We can’t control everything we encounter, but we can control our response.

A free self-care checklist is also now available in the resources library , providing ideas to stay healthy and avoid PhD burnout.

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Top Tips for Avoiding PhD Burnout

On top of everything we’ve covered in the sections above, here are a few overarching tips which I think could help you to avoid PhD burnout:

  • Work sensible hours . You shouldn’t feel under pressure from your supervisor or anyone else to be pulling crazy hours on a regular basis. Even if you adore your project it isn’t healthy to be forfeiting other aspects of your life such as food, sleep and friends. As a starting point I suggest treating your PhD as a 9-5 job. About a year into my PhD I shared how many hours I was working .
  • Reduce your use of social media. If you feel like social media could be having a negative impact on your mental health, why not try having a break from it?
  • Do things outside of your PhD . Bonus points if this includes spending time outdoors, getting exercise or spending time with friends. Basically, make sure the PhD isn’t the only thing occupying both your mental and physical ife.
  • Regularly check in on how you’re feeling. If you wait until you’re truly burnt out before seeking help, it is likely to take you a long time to recover and you may even feel that dropping out is your only option. While that can be a completely valid choice I would strongly suggest to check in with yourself on a regular basis and speak to someone early on (be that your supervisor, or a friend or family member) if you find yourself struggling.

I really hope that this post has been useful for you. Nothing is more important than your mental health and PhD burnout can really disrupt that. If you’ve got any comments or suggestions which you think other PhD scholars could find useful please feel free to share them in the comments section below.

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#35: PhD motivation running low? Here’s the cure!

December 10, 2019 by Tress Academic

Is it getting harder to be excited about your PhD? Perhaps you struggle to find the enthusiasm to start another work day – especially when nothing seems to be going your way. You might be suffering from one of the most common syndromes among PhD students: a lack of motivation. Although it may feel like your work is coming to standstill, DON’T BE FOOLED! There are many ways to get your motivation to come out of hiding, if you know what caused it disappear in the first place! We’ll help you to understand the causes and the cures for the motivational slumps, so you can stay on track and keep smiling until your PhD is in the bag!

Make no mistake, the PhD is a very demanding period of your life. You’re working on many difficult tasks, always aware that things can go wrong, with supervisors who all have high expectations, and dish out heavy criticism whenever they sense a momentary slip-up.  Many different tasks demand your attention at any given moment; like working out your research project, experimenting, analysing data, and apart from all of that, you still must attend your graduate courses, present at conferences, and publish your results! That’s a lot to tackle alongside a high workload. So it comes as no surprise if this adds up to you feeling demotivated every now and then. Rest assured, no PhD student is super motivated and happy all the time. The ups and downs are just a part of the entire PhD process. 

Motivation changes over time

It’s normal that motivational levels of PhD students naturally change over time. We see a lot of PhD students at the very beginning of our course “Completing your PhD successfully on time” that are walking on sunshine in the first weeks of their PhD! When they’re asked to rate their satisfaction with their PhD, they’re close to 100% because they’re just so happy that they got the chance to do a PhD, after receiving a grant or scholarship or successfully beat other competitors for a PhD position, that they feel a bit like they won the lottery!

Was it the same for you in the beginning? Well, then you also know that the feeling does not last. Because after a while, reality kicks in and you realise that not everything is as perfect as it seemed at first. This is often when one’s motivation starts to adjust to a normal level, but is still pretty stable. Later into the PhD, your motivation often continues to shrink. This is when there’s still an awful lot of work to do, with difficulties creeping up all around and no end in sight. But guess what? As the day of your submission approaches (even if it is still in the distant future), motivation often picks up again, once you start to gain confidence with the results of your research, or get your first papers published and a general feeling of – I’ll probably get through this one day – begins to sink in!

Don’t let low motivation drag you down

Apart from this usual fluctuation tendency in a PhD, low motivation is always a warning sign from your psyche telling you ‘uh oh something’s wrong here’ – so don’t ignore it. 

It is very important to spot the early signs of low motivation, because at this stage, you can do a lot to get out of it quickly! And the sooner you take the necessary steps to get out of it, the better. In contrast, if you wait too long to act, then you might become really depressed and the situation is much more difficult to tackle. 

With this blog post, we want to help you reflect on the reasons you might be feeling de-motivated – as this is often the key for improvement. As we put our heads together,  to try and help you understand the problem, we also put together great tips on how to get out of a motivational low – all specific to the underlying reasons! Check out or free worksheet “How to get out of low PhD motivation?” So here’s the message: You don’t have to accept low motivation – it’s all within your power to change! 

How to spot low motivation?

These are the typical signs of a PhD student who is at a motivational low:

  • You’re not as excited as usual to come to work, or when you think about your PhD.
  • It takes you a long time to get started and when you do, you postpone difficult or important tasks related to your project. 
  • It takes you longer than usual and feels more difficult to finish something. You’re not happy with what you produce and your overall progress slows down. 
  • You deliberately look for distractions. This might take shape as aimlessly browsing the web or social media platforms (for more on combatting social media addition, see our post #14 “Social media/www distractions at work: 5-step cure!” You might also distract yourself with work-related tasks that are not challenging but still give you the feeling of doing something, e.g. getting involved in the organisation of scientific events at your institute, or busying yourself cleaning up, sorting through emails or reorganising your workspace …

Whatever form it takes, we know that this behaviour always has a root cause. So we’ve broken down for you the five main reasons for low motivation that we see time and time again with PhD students:

Reason 1: Stuck in a boring routine 

You may be in a situation where you have to do a tedious or boring task for a considerable amount of time. We know the typical routines: Maybe you are coding and you have nothing to do but coding for whole days, and you know it’ll go on like this for weeks on end. Or you’re spending seemingly endless hours in the lab, running gels, so your day is sliced into 15 or 20 min slots. Or you’re working with antibodies and have 2-3 h incubation times, which is not much better. Or you’re sorting through data to  find a few meaningful correlations that will prove your PhD work as worthwhile … It’s no wonder that your motivation plummets and you can hardly pull yourself together to continue the slog. 

Probably, you generally like working as a researcher, and most of the tasks come easy to you. But this type of routine would wear anyone down! So your motivation slips with certain repetitive tasks that you don’t like, are boing, or simply overwhelm you. 

Reason 2: There’s no end in sight

Your research is in full swing and you thought by now you’d have more clarity and confidence about your project, but instead you are getting more uncertain and confused by the day. You may have some results already, but you are unsure which aspects of it to use for your dissertation, or if you can use them at all. You’ve no clue whether you are making progress with your PhD or not. All you see are loose ends everywhere: ideas that you did not follow up on, half-finished paper-drafts, and incomplete side-projects. It seems like you’ve lost track of it all, you’re going around in circles, with your head spinning, and your motivation is way down. 

This type of motivation loss often hits home many months after you started the PhD. Your work gains complexity as you go, and not all results make sense. You may adjust and deviate from your original plan to follow different paths, but not all of them lead to success. Now you are in a phase where you are reading more and understanding better what others in your field did before you. But as you gain knowledge and insights, you also become much more critical of your own work and progress. For you, it feels like there is no clear win or breakthrough in sight that would give you the ‘green light’ so you finally know you’ll be able to manage it all and get your degree in the end. 

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Reason 3: Unacknowledged work 

This has a lot to do with the nature of PhDs and the working culture in scientific institutes: Although you may be part of a team, most of what you do for your PhD in the end is done in isolation. That means you’re probably lacking positive feedback and stimulation. And because you’re still in research training and on a steep learning curve, you get the full brunt of criticism from colleagues. Your supervisors or PIs may be quick to point out any shortcomings or flaws in your work, but less practiced at giving out praise! Have you every heard anyone in your lab saying ‘Wow, you did an absolutely amazing job with this, congrats!’ Nope. This may lead you to think negatively of your own achievements, doubt your abilities, and be quite demotivating! 

We have all experienced how this works: If we get positive feedback or a praise, we’re super happy and look forward to continuing with our work or even work harder. But if we are heavily criticised or if critique dominates and nothing positive is mentioned, we are hurt and demotivated. Sometimes this is so extreme that we’d rather stop working on a task and take on something else entirely. 

Reason 4: Overworked and sleep deprived 

It can happen to anyone: Your recent experiment or field campaign was much more time intensive than expected, there was a deadline for a conference paper that you wanted to submit, and you were also desperate to work on a proposal that would give you more funding for your PhD. As a result, you got into a habit of working very long days, even on weekends,  and your last real break  was a long time ago …

It’s no surprise that after weeks or months in ‘emergency overdrive’, you feel drained and exhausted. And although you initially thought you’ll just put in some extra hours temporarily, this has in fact become your standard mode of working. You got used to that high-intensity schedule and you had little to no time to recover! Demotivation creeps in, because – after all – you may be a PhD student, but you’re also a human being! 

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Reason 5: Uncertainty about the future

Do you get a funny feeling in your stomach when you  imagine the time after your PhD completed? Do you feel the anxiety creeping up and freezing you to the spot? You’ve probably heard rumours from other PhD students who had difficulty finding a position afterwards and in your worst nightmares you picture yourself unemployed and broke…! So the thought of your ‘life-after-the-PhD’ and all the questions that come along with it are hanging over you, deflating your energy and shrinking your motivation to push ahead with your PhD – because what use is it?

Uncertainty about the future is one of the big recurring worries of PhD students. (Max-Planck survey link). As a PhD student, you have been within a university for such a long time that life beyond the ivory-tower is virtually beyond your imagination. Everything outside academia may seem scary and you have no clue which of your skills will be valued by employers. And even something familiar like continuing with a post-doc seems intangible and remains in the very distant future. Not surprising that your motivation to move on stalled. . .!

How to get out of it?

Help is around. For all these five possible reasons for your motivational low we come up with hands-on advice, tips and suggestions what you can do to overcome the motivational low and get your PhD back on track. Check out our free worksheet “How to get out of low PhD motivation?” for all the help that you need. 

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Conclusion:

 It is normal to lose motivation at critical parts of your PhD. But it is also easy to combat if you recognize the signs early and treat yourself properly. Consider yourself another working part of your project that you may need to adjust as things move forward. You can’t always expect to get your best quality work if you are running on empty. So slow down, take stock, break up your routine now and then with something you love, get input from the people who care about you and rest! 

If all our tips sound like we’re speaking a foreign language to you – you need to sit down and plan some changes in your week immediately! This time is always going to be a challenging one, so make it easier for yourself and take a moment of zen to see the past, present and future as part of an amazing journey that you can – no – will successfully finish! Our suggestions in our free worksheet “How to get out of low PhD motivation?” will definitely help you on your way! 

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How to Write a PhD Motivation Letter

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A PhD motivation letter is a document that describes your personal motivation and competence for a particular research project. It is usually submitted together with your academic CV to provide admissions staff with more information about you as an individual, to help them decide whether or not you are the ideal candidate for a research project.

A motivation letter has many similarities to a cover letter and a personal statement, and institutions will not ask you to submit all of these. However, it is a unique document and you should treat it as such. In the context of supporting a PhD application, the difference is nuanced; all three documents outline your suitability for PhD study. However, compared to a cover letter and personal statement, a motivation letter places more emphasis on your motivation for wanting to pursue the particular PhD position you are applying for.

Academic cover letters are more common in UK universities, while motivation letters are more common abroad.

A motivation letter can play a key part in the application process . It allows the admission committee to review a group of PhD applicants with similar academic backgrounds and select the ideal candidate based on their motivations for applying.

For admission staff, academic qualifications alone are not enough to indicate whether a student will be successful in their doctorate. In this sense, a motivational letter will allow them to judge your passion for the field of study, commitment to research and suitability for the programme, all of which better enables them to evaluate your potential.

How Should I Structure My Motivation Letter?

A strong motivation letter for PhD applications will include:

  • A concise introduction stating which programme you are applying for,
  • Your academic background and professional work experience,
  • Any key skills you possess and what makes you the ideal candidate,
  • Your interest and motivation for applying,
  • Concluding remarks and thanks.

This is a simplistic breakdown of what can be a very complicated document.

However, writing to the above structure will ensure you keep your letter of motivation concise and relevant to the position you are applying for. Remember, the aim of your letter is to show your enthusiasm and that you’re committed and well suited for the programme.

To help you write a motivation letter for a PhD application, we have outlined what to include in the start, main body, and closing sections.

How to Start a Motivation Letter

Introduction: Start with a brief introduction in which you clearly state your intention to apply for a particular programme. Think of this as describing what the document is to a stranger.

Education: State what you have studied and where. Your higher education will be your most important educational experience, so focus on this. Highlight any relevant modules you undertook as part of your studies that are relevant to the programme you are applying for. You should also mention how your studies have influenced your decision to pursue a PhD project, especially if it is in the same field you are currently applying to.

Work experience: Next summarise your professional work experience. Remember, you will likely be asked to submit your academic CV along with your motivation letter, so keep this section brief to avoid any unnecessary repetition. Include any other relevant experiences, such as teaching roles, non-academic experience, or charity work which demonstrates skills or shows your suitability for the research project and in becoming a PhD student.

Key skills: Outline your key skills. Remember the admissions committee is considering your suitability for the specific programme you are applying for, so mention skills relevant to the PhD course.

Motivation for applying: Show your enthusiasm and passion for the subject, and describe your long-term aspirations. Start with how you first became interested in the field, and how your interest has grown since. You should also mention anything else you have done which helps demonstrate your interest in your proposed research topic, for example:

  • Have you attended any workshops or seminars?
  • Do you have any research experience?
  • Have you taught yourself any aspects of the subject?
  • Have you read any literature within the research area?

Finally, describe what has convinced you to dedicate the next 3-4 years (assuming you are to study full time) of your life to research.

How to End a Motivation Letter

Concluding the motivation letter is where most people struggle. Typically, people can easily describe their academic background and why they want to study, but convincing the reader they are the best candidate for the PhD programme is often more challenging.

The concluding remarks of your motivation letter should highlight the impacts of your proposed research, in particular: the new contributions it will make to your field, the benefits it will have on society and how it fits in with your aspirations.

With this, conclude with your career goals. For example, do you want to pursue an academic career or become a researcher for a private organisation? Doing so will show you have put a lot of thought into your decision.

Remember, admissions into a PhD degree is very competitive, and supervisors invest a lot of time into mentoring their students. Therefore, supervisors naturally favour those who show the most dedication. Your conclusion should remind the reader that you are not only passionate about the research project, but that the university will benefit from having you.

Finally, thank the reader for considering your application.

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Motivation Letter Format

There are some basic rules to follow when writing a successful motivation letter. These will mimic the standard format for report writing that the supervisor will be familiar with:

  • Use a sans serif font (e.g. Arial or Times New Roman),
  • Use a standard font size (e.g. 12pt) and black font colour,
  • Keep your writing professional throughout and avoid the use of informal language,
  • Write in the first person,
  • Address your motivation letter to a named person such as the project supervisor, however, this could also be the person in charge of research admissions,
  • Structure your letter into paragraphs using the guidance above, such as introduction, academic history, motivation for research, and concluding remarks.

How Long Should a Motivation Letter Be?

A good rule of thumb for PhD motivation letters is to keep it to around one side of A4. A little longer than one page is acceptable, but two pages is generally considered too long. This equates to approximately 400-600 words.

Things to Avoid when Writing Your Motivational Letter

Your motivational letter will only be one of the several documents you’ll be asked to submit as part of your PhD application. You will almost certainly be asked to submit an Academic CV as well. Therefore, be careful not to duplicate any of the information.

It is acceptable to repeat the key points, such as what and where you have studied. However, while your CV should outline your academic background, your motivation letter should bring context to it by explaining why you have studied what you have, and where you hope to go with it. The simplest way to do this is to refer to the information in your CV and explain how it has led you to become interested in research.

Don’t try to include everything. A motivation letter should be short, so focus on the information most relevant to the programme and which best illustrates your passion for it. Remember, the academic committee will need to be critical in order to do their jobs effectively , so they will likely interpret an unnecessarily long letter as in indication that you have poor written skills and cannot communicate effectively.

You must be able to back up all of your statements with evidence, so don’t fabricate experiences or overstate your skills. This isn’t only unethical but is likely to be picked up by your proposed PhD supervisor or the admissions committee.

Whilst it is good to show you have an understanding of the field, don’t try to impress the reader with excessive use of technical terms or abbreviations.

PhD Motivation Letter Samples – A Word of Caution

There are many templates and samples of motivation letters for PhDs available online. A word of caution regarding these – although they can prove to be a great source of inspiration, you should refrain from using them as a template for your own motivation letter.

While there are no rules against them, supervisors will likely have seen a similar letter submitted to them in the past. This will not only prevent your application from standing out, but it will also reflect poorly on you by suggesting that you have put minimal effort into your application.

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Motivation Letter for Phd

Unlock the door to your academic dreams with a Ph.D., but first, master the art of crafting a stellar motivation letter. Picture this: the admissions committee, drowning in a sea of applications, eager to discover the one that stands out. In this blog post, we’re not just offering tips; we’re handing you the golden key to create a Motivation Letter for Phd.

Your motivation letter isn’t just a piece of paper; it’s your personal symphony. It’s the melody that resonates with your aspirations and harmonizes with the expectations of the admissions board. Join us on a journey through ingenious examples and actionable insights that transform your motivations into a magnetic force.

Ready to script your success story? Let’s dive into the nuanced world of Ph.D. motivation letters, where every word counts. And your dreams await. Craft your masterpiece, and let your academic journey begin.

Table of Contents

Key Components of Strong Motivation Letters for Phd

  • Personal Connection: Establish a deep connection between your personal experiences, aspirations, and the Ph.D. program. Showcase how your unique journey aligns seamlessly with the academic path ahead.
  • Clear Research Goals: Define your research objectives concisely. Clearly articulate how your academic pursuits intersect with the program, demonstrating a well-thought-out plan that adds value to the institution.
  • Academic Achievements: Highlight your academic prowess but go beyond grades. Showcase specific accomplishments, projects, or research experiences that underscore your capacity to excel in the Ph.D. environment.
  • Passionate Narrative: Craft a compelling story. Let your passion for the subject shine through your words. Make the admissions committee feel your enthusiasm and commitment to making a meaningful contribution.
  • Future Impact: Outline the impact you aspire to make post-Ph.D. Illustrate how the program is pivotal in realizing your goals and how you, in turn, aim to contribute to the academic community and beyond.
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Do’s And Dont’s of Writing Impactful Motivation Letters for Ph.D.:

  • Showcase Passionate Curiosity: Express genuine enthusiasm for the subject, demonstrating a burning curiosity that propels your academic journey.
  • Align with Program Values: Tailor your letter to highlight how your values and research aspirations align seamlessly with the ethos of the Ph.D. program.
  • Illustrate Past Research Impact: Provide tangible examples of how your previous research or academic endeavors have made a positive impact, showcasing your potential to contribute meaningfully.
  • Emphasize Unique Contributions: Highlight your distinctive skills, experiences, or perspectives that set you apart, emphasizing how these qualities enrich the academic community.
  • Craft a Personalized Narrative: Tell your unique story in a way that resonates with the reader, creating a narrative that is both personal and compelling.

Don’ts:

  • Avoid Generic Statements: Steer clear of generic phrases and cliches; instead, focus on specific examples and personalized insights that showcase your authenticity.
  • Don’t Underestimate Clarity: Ensure clarity and conciseness; avoid lengthy, convoluted sentences that may dilute the impact of your message.
  • Don’t Overpromise: While expressing ambition is encouraged, avoid overpromising or making unrealistic commitments that may raise doubts about your sincerity and capability.

Final Thoughts:

In the intricate dance of job applications, the motivation letter emerges as your unique choreography, a compelling narrative that can either fade into the background or steal the spotlight. Today, we’ve unraveled the art of crafting a Ph.D. motivation letter that doesn’t just communicate but captivates. From showcasing your passionate curiosity to aligning with program values, each stroke of your narrative paints a portrait of a candidate poised for scholarly excellence.

As you embark on this journey, remember that your motivation letter is not just a formality; it’s your chance to step into the spotlight and shine. Tailor it to the specific program, let your unique contributions gleam, and weave a narrative that resonates with decision-makers. Your letter is not just words on paper; it’s a symphony of aspirations that can resonate with the hearts and minds of those who hold the key to your academic future.

So, here’s the curtain call – a call to action. Take these insights, revise your motivation letter, and let it be the crescendo that echoes in the minds of potential employers or decision-makers. Your dream position awaits, and your letter is the key to unlocking that door. Craft it with intention, wield it with confidence, and watch as your aspirations take center stage. Break a leg, and may your motivation letter be the standing ovation you deserve.

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Writing A Scientific Motivation Letter: How to write a research motivation letter for PhD, Postdoc, or any position.

Writing a Motivation Letter for a Ph.D., Postdoc, or any Research position can be reasonably challenging, but we need to put extra effort into it, which cannot be avoided.

You need to give proper attention to this part (motivation letter for ph.d., postdoc, or any research positions) like other preparation. knowing some significant ideas and approaches can help you in this process..

A motivation letter helps the admissions board/professor compare outstanding students and impressive ones. With this help, they can prosper in choosing worthy research students. Still, admission boards will surely think of this as the classification to significantly find a suitable candidate for his research group. Showing you are preferred depending on what you write, however much more on just how you design, particularly the tone you use and the level of interest you receive in your writing that matters.

  • A motivation letter is a document where you express your expert capability and the personal impulse to examine a particular study area at a specific college/research group.
  • A motivation letter is a possibility you have to impress the selection panel.
  • To procure the listing of candidates, selection panels regularly use motivation letters.
  • The candidates thought finest are ultimately chosen for the program.
  • The success of your application mainly trusts by the motivation letter.
  • The motivation letter can be much likened to an Individual statement.
  • It is just as crucial to stay clear of being humble while writing your Motivation Letter.
  • It seems like something that would be written to a friend instead of a penfriend.
  • It’s not a cover letter and requires giving reasonable circumstances in which it’S a Motivation letter.
  • You need to give proper attention to this part (Motivated Letter for Ph.D., Postdoc, or any Research positions) like other preparation.
  • Knowing some significant ideas and approaches can help you in this process.
  • Give your statements much attention to pushing your statements as much as possible to suit your situation.
  • Try not to claim something that you wouldn’t have tried to do if you were a different person or had a different job.
  • Try to be honest about your experiences and how you would like to use them to your advantage.
  • You can also include teaching and research experience, work outside an academic field, and even volunteering, given that all matters in terms of the abilities and expertise you gained.
  • You should also include the info regarding your previous scholastic and professional experience, as well as your work outside of the academic field.
  • There is a demand to recognize if you’re qualified to do a research/degree position while writing an application.
  • Hence, the motivation letter is the perfect insight into what you genuinely are and anticipate doing it justice.
  • It can be effortless to confuse while writing a Motivated Letter and neglects that motivation can not be completed without the necessary proof to back it up.
  • Yet what requires to go in this, and what tone is suitable for it?
  • To give you some suggestions, today, we’re sharing all about motivation letters, so you can see what your motivation letter needs to include or correct.
  • It’s a good idea to write a motivation letter because a person or some individuals must be required to write it because they have to know some individuals or some people have to have to do it themselves.
  • The best way to start is by writing a short intro defining the program you want to get into and why you would be appropriate for studying there.
  • This defines why you wish to embark on that position and why it is appropriate for you to study there.
  • It also defines just how your scholastic, as. Your professional achievements make you a beneficial candidate for the Ph.D. degree/Research position you are related to.
  • It should be written to make it easy for people to read it and understand what you are trying to say.
  • It must be written with a sense of humor and be clear that you are not trying to make a point that you think is important to make to the person you are applying to.
  • You must be clear of making spurious cases, and you should be clear about the reasons you are doing it.

The motivation letter is the possibility you have to impress the selection panel. To procure the listing of candidates, selection panels regularly use motivation letters. The candidates thought finest are ultimately chosen for the program. The motivation letter is the most substantial part of your application. The success of your application is mainly trusted by the motivation letter.

Any Motivation Letter should consist of a short intro defining the program you would like to get.

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The motivation letter (likewise known as “declaration of objective”) is a document where you express your expert capability and personal impulse regarding picking to examine a particular study area at a specific college/research group.

A motivation letter can be much likened to an Individual statement.

When you apply for a Ph.D./Postdoc and some research position, you must write a research proposal and a Motivation Letter. Especially, a motivation letter is more required for Ph.D. candidates. This defines why you wish to embark on that position and why you would be appropriate for studying there. Yet what needs to go in this, and what tone is suitable for it? To give you some suggestions, today, we’re sharing all about motivation letters, so you can see what your motivation letter needs to include or correct.

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First, state a clear objective of your future task and the reasons for picking this individual Ph.D. program.

Provide the info regarding your previous scholastic and professional experience. You can also include teaching and research experience, work outside an academic field, and even volunteering, given that all matters in terms of the abilities and expertise you gained. All your experiences must, in some way, attach to your picked Ph.D. program, as you would need to define just how your scholastic and professional achievements make you a beneficial candidate for the Ph.D. degree/Research position you are related to.

Your applications are not just sorted out in the same way as any other random application. There are processes involved without which your chances of getting in may be reduced.

There is a demand to recognize if you’re qualified to do a research/degree position while writing an application. Hence, the motivation letter is the perfect insight into what you genuinely are and anticipate doing it justice.

It is relatively easy to confuse while writing a Motivation Letter and neglects that motivation can not be completed without the necessary proof to back it up.

Nobody’s interested in exactly how incredible you are until there is no backup proof of it. Yet, there would not be any motivation without the proper evidence to back it up.

For Example, it is very typical to see people create; “I work well with other people, or I am a specialist at working under pressure.” Well, it is not a cover letter; it’s a Motivation Letter, and also you required to give reasonable circumstances such as; “my leadership ability was demonstrated when I needed to be in charge of a group of coworkers during my teaching fellowship, which needed intense pushing management abilities.”

Give much attention to your statements.

Try As Much As Feasible to Be Certain

It is just as really crucial to stay clear of being humble while writing your Motivation Letter. You’re required to write a motivation letter because someone or some individuals have to know; otherwise, you wouldn’t have to try one.

Claiming that your previous days were extremely intriguing is unclear to suit a Motivation Letter. It seems like something that must instead be written to a penfriend. It would be best if you were more specific about the programs you took as a previous study, why you enjoy them, and what you learned from them.

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While writing a motivational letter, it is essential to include just how much ability and working experience briefly. A Ph.D. has to do with more than just a sequel to your previous academic endeavors; it is an actual test of education and learning, and also, teaching and knowledge are more than just having degrees.

They will be interested in the abilities and work experience you have collected over the years, strong enough skills to make you qualified for a Ph.D. That research, data analysis, etc., abilities you thought you’d never have to show off, well, I believe this would be a perfect chance to talk about them.

Steps for writing research motivation letter

  • 1. The first step to writing a good motivation letter is to read the job ad carefully
  • 2. The second step is to try to understand the researchers and the kind of research they do
  • 3. The third step is to carefully read a previous motivation letter and try to understand why the letter was successful
  • 4. The fourth step is to make sure that you address the letter to the right people
  • 5. The fifth step is to explain why you choose to apply to this position and this lab
  • 6. The sixth step is to explain how your research interests align with the research of the lab
  • 7. The seventh step is to explain how your previous research background relates to the position
  • 8. The eighth step is to explain why you are applying for that position

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It is equally essential that you are incredibly professional while creating a motivation letter for a Ph.D. or any research position application. It will remain in your very own best interest to guarantee that you offer your Motivation Letter with expert grammar, font, and the proper writing design in which you prefer to choose to be approved.

Your professionalism and trust send an excellent message about your personality and would certainly go a long way into helping you get accepted .

– What has encouraged you to do a Ph.D. (or other position where you are applying)?

Based on the history details you give, you will undoubtedly determine 3 or 4 key aspects that inspire you to do a Ph.D.

The present research study shows that Ph.D. applicants may be encouraged by several aspects such as:

  • Determination to improve potential as a candidate;
  • Enthusiasm for research study as well as mentor;
  • The desires to find out new points.

You require to describe what inspires you and what you want to accomplish due to your research studies.

If you published academic journals, you must mention that and provide information or evidence about your published work.

State a few of your native qualities on how they could be considered helpful for your study subject and your field of study in general.

In the closing of your Motivation Letter, include a couple of sentences on your research’s impact on your life, research location, and experience generally. This will certainly aid you in showing the value of your research study in the context of a bigger photo. Mostly, demonstrate how the research community and college can benefit from having you as a pupil.

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You should also mention that you understand that Ph.D. programs draw in several prospective and affordable candidates.

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FAQ about motivation letter

  • Essential details you must emphasize throughout your Motivation Letter are your intellectual interest in the Ph.D. course/Research position and the area you intend to study, and the research study experience you have had so far. Bear in mind to maintain an expert and sharp tone, yet at the same time, declare and also enthusiastic.
  • Prevent adhering to things in your writing.
  • The motivation Letter needs to consist of a brief intro specifying the program you want to apply to.
  • Clearly, you should not consist of false evidence, accomplishments and should not attempt to make any overstatement or use pompous allegories.
  • Normally, a Motivation Letter ought not to be longer than one page.
  • Show your level of interest rate and what you have actually done so far to display that desire. They do not desire some geek with Terrabytes of expertise as well as formulas.
  • Truthfully state the reason that you want the seat, highlight your desire in the topic.
  • State the reasons and circumstances from your life, which will show that you have a genuine need.
  • A motivation letter ‘s significance is that the admissions committee can compare excellent trainees and exceptional trainees. They will both succeed in ending up being valuable study students. Yet, admission committees will consider the latter category to contribute to the college’s research study area.
  • Confirming you are exceptional does not always depend on what you write, but extra on just how you compose, particularly the tone you use and the degree of enthusiasm you present in your writing.

Important- Follow-up email to a professor: When and how you should write

A strong motivation letter for Ph.D./Research applications will certainly include:

  • A concise intro stating which program you are applying for
  • Your scholastic history as well as expert work experience
  • Any vital skills you have and what makes you the perfect prospect
  • These attributes must display in the best possible way in your motivation letter without seeming flat. Otherwise, it will be considered insufficient!

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  • Binding up the motivation letter is where most people battle. Usually, individuals can easily describe their academic background and why they intend to research, yet persuading the reader they are the most effective prospect for the research program is typically more difficult.
  • The ending remarks of your motivation letter should highlight the influences of your suggested study, particularly: the brand-new contributions it will certainly make to your area, the benefits it will certainly carry society, and exactly how it harmonizes your goals.
  • With this, wrap up your professional objectives. For instance, do you want to go after an academic job or end up being a scientist or a private organization? Doing so will certainly reveal you have placed a great deal of belief into your choice.
  • Admissions into a Ph.D. degree or Research position are extremely competitive, and supervisors spend a great deal of time mentoring their students. As a result, supervisors naturally favor those that reveal the most dedication. Your verdict ought to remind the viewers that you are not just passionate about the study task but that the university will benefit from having you. 
  • There are no rules for what to include within your Ph.D. motivation letter, yet, extensively speaking, your entry needs to include references to the following.
  • You are what your personality is and what collections you apart from various other prospective Ph.D. candidates. Your motivation letter needs to be a sales tool that must make any committee choose you to join their team. 
  • Your skills and achievements (together with any evidence to corroborate your claims).
  • Your study into academic institutions’ details (why you intend to attend that specific institution and what makes it a good fit for you). 
  • The motivation letter must attach your academic and expert future strategies with the scholarship you are making an application for.
  • It should offer the viewers an understanding that you are truly thinking about researching a specific field. Also, your choice is not only beneficial for you, however likewise for the scholarship resource.
  • It develops reasons why you deserve it more prominent than other candidates.
  • Usually, a Motivation Letter ought not to be longer than one page. The key to success is a clear structure, passion for your research study subject, and capacity to show your research’s value and effect.
  • Information and declarations you must keep in the motivation letter.
  • You should not include false facts and success and not try to make any overstatements or use pompous metaphors. The team from the admission board will continuously determine if a motivation letter is real or phony.
  • Prevent saying phrases like: “my childhood years desire, “I am highly inspired to research X,” “my biggest ambition is to pursue scientific study at the highest degree,” “I have always been captivated by the clinical research study.”
  • Attempt not to applaud the college excessively, as well as don’t shut your letter with the expression, “It would be an honor to be confessed to this college.”
  • Attempt not to commend the university too much and don’t shut your letter with the expression “It would certainly be an honor to be confessed to this college.” Secret things to bear in mind when you write the motivation letter Important information you must worry about throughout your motivation letter are your intellectual passion for the Ph.D. program and the area you intend to research—the study experience you have had so far.
  • It does not need to be individual in such a way that makes you show up non-serious, instead focus on your intellectual individuality. Take care not to delight a whole lot in your deficit side; constantly concentrate on your stamina and why you are the university’s appropriate person.

A motivation letter is an essential part of your Ph.D. application. The program committee uses this letter to decide whether you should be admitted to the doctoral program. You, the applicant write the letter, and it should describe why you want to go to graduate school, why you want to pursue a particular Ph.D. program, and why you should be accepted. In the introduction, the author should state the letter’s purpose and why the committee should care about it. The opening is typically a brief paragraph or two in which the applicant explains how they believe their background, training, and professional experiences are well-suited to the proposed program. As a letter of motivation, it should not be like an autobiography.

  • A motivation letter can play a crucial part in the application process. It permits the admission committee to assess a team of Ph.D. candidates with similar scholastic backgrounds and also pick the optimal candidate based upon their inspirations for applying.
  • Academic credentials alone are inadequate for the admission team to indicate whether students will succeed in their doctorate. In this feeling, a motivational letter will permit them to judge your enthusiasm for the field, dedication to study, and also suitability for the program, every one of which far better enables them to evaluate your possibility.
  • There is a need to know if you’re truly certified to do a Ph.D. or other research position while composing an application to a research group/college. Hence, the motivation letter is the ideal understanding right into that you truly are, and they expect you to do it justice. 
  • It’s the most personalized and important document you can develop to send to a university during the application process. The motivation letter will commonly make the largest difference between obtaining admission and getting denied at the university you’re sending your application to.

A great rule of thumb for a Ph.D. motivation letter is to keep it around one side of A4. A little longer than one page is acceptable; however, two pages are typically considered long. This is associated with around 500-1000 words.

A Ph.D. motivation letter is a short essay that you write to show admissions officers that you are passionate and committed to pursuing your Ph.D. The length of this essay should be appropriately matched to your statement. Although the two papers will not be identical, they should complement each other in size and content. A Ph.D. motivation letter should be between 500 to 1000 words.

Construct a bridge between the intended level course and the scholarship you are looking for.

  • Yes, you should change the motivation letter according to the research group or program. But the core content about you should be the same; always don’t try to change core details.
  • You can modify research interests, particular expertise, and letter format according to the position.

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  • In the letter, you can create appropriate and captivating details on your own, confirming to the admission team that you are the right candidate to be picked to engage in their program. 
  • These qualities should receive the best possible method of your motivation letter. Otherwise, it will certainly be considered insufficient!
  • The motivation letter needs to link your academic and expert future strategies with the scholarship you are getting.
  • It needs to offer the visitor an understanding that you are actually interested in studying a particular field.
  • Your option is not only valuable for you but also for the scholarship source. It shows up reasons that you deserve it more than other candidates.
  • A motivation letter has many similarities to a cover letter and an individual statement, and organizations will certainly not ask you to send each one of these. Nonetheless, it is a one-of-a-kind record, and you must manage it, therefore. In the context of supporting a Ph.D. application, the difference is nuanced; all three files detail your viability for the Ph.D. research study.
  • Nonetheless, compared to a cover letter and individual declaration, a motivation letter puts even more focus on your motivation to seek the particular Ph.D. position you are getting.
  • For a Ph.D. application, what is the difference between a letter of inspiration and a declaration of purpose?

Introduction: Begin with a brief intro to clearly state your intention to apply for a particular program. Think of this as explaining your record/score to a stranger.

Education and learning: State what you have researched as well as where. Your higher education will be your most important academic experience, so focus on this. Highlight any relevant components you took on as part of your research studies that pertain to the program you are applying for. You must also point out exactly how your research has affected your decision to pursue a Ph.D. task, especially if it remains in the same area you are presently putting on.

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  • Both are pretty comparable in regards to the framework but have various objectives. The motivation letter is generally on education; for that reason, there are various motivation letterS.
  • For example, you might need a motivation letter for a scholarship, a motivation letter for college admission, etc. At the same time, the cover letter is used primarily to make an application for jobs.
  • Academic cover letters are a lot more typical in UK colleges, while motivation letters are extra usual abroad.
  • This letter is meant to come as a free product to your Curriculum Vitae, where you display your certifications. You support the Curriculum Vitae by providing extra factors and experiences that make your certifications deserving of a motivation letter. Therefore, the motivation letter is a bit extra personal interaction between you and the other party, at the very least for its provided method.
  • The motivation letter is the 3rd essential file in your application behind your level and your grades from the previous education and learning to a specific level. Naturally, when using at a University, there are numerous students with the same certifications and qualities as you. The only point that helps the admission board strain the best candidates is by looking at your motivation letter.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, your letter is a great opportunity to show off your research skills and knowledge of the field. Don’t just say the same things you would in your cover letter. Instead, use this space to show your knowledge of the topic and your enthusiasm for the field. Remember to use the first person and be personal, however, don’t be too informal. Remember, you’re talking to a professor as a peer, not as a friend.

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'Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja's Batting Motivated Me': Yashasvi Jaiswal After 2nd Double Ton

India star opener yashasvi jaiswal revealed that the way veteran players rohit sharma and ravindra jadeja played in the first innings against england motivated him to do better..

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India star opener Yashasvi Jaiswal revealed that the way veteran players Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja played in the first innings against England motivated him to do better. In the third Test between two cricketing giants in Rajkot saw Jaiswal removed for a score of 10 by Mark Wood. From that point, skipper Rohit and experienced all-rounder Jadeja drove India's innings to a herculean total of 445. Rohit struck 131 while Jadeja scored his fourth Test ton to propel India to a dominant position. Jaiswal who witnessed the spectacle from the dressing room was motivated to go big in the second innings.

"The way Rohit bhai and Jaddu bhai played in the first innings, motivated me a lot. Because the passion was there, the talk was there, they were determined to play session by session and when I was inside [the dressing room] I kept thinking that when I go there I have to make it count," Jaiswal said as quoted from ICC.

"The way they were talking about the game, the way they motivated us, I think it's incredible to see them putting a lot of effort," Jaiswal added.

Jaiswal played an unbeaten knock of 214* runs which was laced by 14 fours and 12 sixes. He built an unbeaten partnership of 172 runs along with Sarfaraz Khan, who played an unbeaten knock of 68* runs with the help of six boundaries and three sixes.

The 22-year-old reflected on his journey, the importance of working hard and said, "In India, when you grow up, you work really hard for each and everything. Even when getting the bus you have to work really hard to get on the bus. You have to work really hard to get to the train and auto and everything and I have done that since my childhood and I know how important every innings is and that's why I work hard in my [practice] sessions and every innings counts for me and my team."

"That is my biggest motivation to play for my country and I just make sure that whenever I'm there I need to give my 100 per cent and then enjoy. As a cricketer, I always go with the emotion. Sometimes I do well and sometimes I don't. The way they come and the way they talk about cricket and all other things, I think it's been incredible and I'm really enjoying it," he added.

India have now a 2-1 lead in the five-match series following their record-breaking 434-run victory in Rajkot. Both teams will now square off in the fourth Test on February 23 at the JSCA International Stadium Complex n Ranchi.

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