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i'm a recent chemistry graduate looking for a phd, and i emailed a two supervisors who's phd's i was interested in, a week ago. I haven't sent a formal application to either yet as i wanted to contact them prior to this, however i haven't received any response. Is it normal for them to take this long to respond? I emailed mentioning my degree and classification, research interests and why i would be a good fit (mentioned relevant grades and such) and I had also asked if the position was still available as there was no deadline attached to these adverts and I had seen them around for a while, so i figured they might have been filled but they forgot to take the advert down.
Should I send another email? I would really like to send the application off soon but I heard its quite rude to not speak to the supervisor by email first.
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hey all
i'm a recent chemistry graduate looking for a phd, and i emailed a two supervisors who's phd's i was interested in, a week ago. I haven't sent a formal application to either yet as i wanted to contact them prior to this, however i haven't received any response. Is it normal for them to take this long to respond? I emailed mentioning my degree and classification, research interests and why i would be a good fit (mentioned relevant grades and such) and I had also asked if the position was still available as there was no deadline attached to these adverts and I had seen them around for a while, so i figured they might have been filled but they forgot to take the advert down.
Should I send another email? I would really like to send the application off soon but I heard its quite rude to not speak to the supervisor by email first.
thanks
A week in July is barely any time at all! You could try calling the dept administrator and try finding out how busy they are.
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A week in July is barely any time at all! You could try calling the dept administrator and try finding out how busy they are.
oh i see...yeah i'll see if i can do that, although i was hoping to speak to them through email first rather than the phone aha
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hey all
i'm a recent chemistry graduate looking for a phd, and i emailed a two supervisors who's phd's i was interested in, a week ago. I haven't sent a formal application to either yet as i wanted to contact them prior to this, however i haven't received any response. Is it normal for them to take this long to respond? I emailed mentioning my degree and classification, research interests and why i would be a good fit (mentioned relevant grades and such) and I had also asked if the position was still available as there was no deadline attached to these adverts and I had seen them around for a while, so i figured they might have been filled but they forgot to take the advert down.
Should I send another email? I would really like to send the application off soon but I heard its quite rude to not speak to the supervisor by email first.
thanks
As 2500_2 says, a week really isn't that long - especially not at the moment given that July and August tend to be when many academic staff take some much-needed annual or research leave.

I'd give them at least another week. If you haven't heard anything after that, maybe drop a polite follow up email just to check that they received your original enquiry and explaining you're keen to submit your application if they feel you would make a suitable candidate.

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thanks!
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