I’m answering to a question posted in Orkut Scrap book by a student who is currently doing MS in Electrical Engineering and wants to do PhD. I was surprised to see such a question by a student who is currently doing Masters.
I am presently doing MS, Could you give me name of 4-5 very good universities which fund for PhD (Electrical Engineering), I m doing thesis MS and have couple of papers to my name .
PhD in US University
I’m wondering, if you were interested in doing PhD, why would you be still enrolled in Masters program? You could have enrolled for direct PhD in electrical Engineering program and it would have saved you 1-2 years time. Maybe you decided to do PhD midway through M.S. or very recently. Even then, you always have an option to change track from MS to PhD. I will send you link to this article, so you can answers above questions and many readers will benefit from it.
Studying PhD is about Passion
I can see money is the main motive to get into PhD from your question. But, I can very well say, financial aid will not get you Doctorate degree. I assume you must have realized from your Thesis in Master degree about the commitment required to solve research problem. I wouldn’t advise anyone planning to apply to Doctorate program based on funding availability in the University.
What if 2 years into program, you feel that research topic you selected is not of your interest? Having funding will not help you at that moment. Because, solving research problem required commitment, time and interest. If you have selected a university, because they gave funding and if you really don’t like to solve the research problem in an area your professor is working on, you have wasted 2 years of your life.
How to Apply for PhD
First 1-2 years in PhD program will be course work, then you will spend time selecting the problem, that is not solved by anyone in the world before. So, it will take lot of time to find a problem. Then you will spend 2-3 years to solve it. Unless you solve it, PhD degree will not be awarded. So, you got to have lot of passion to solve the research problem.
After you complete PhD, you are going to work in the same field for rest of your life. So, there is no way, you can select a school to study PhD based on funding. you have to select the university and the professor based on research are you are interested in. I haven’t seen any PhD student so far who completed the doctorate degree without getting some form of funding from the university. Financial Aid can be in terms of Grants, Scholarships, Research or Teaching Assistantship. Maybe you might not get funding in first semester, until you prove your value to the University.
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