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Links to More Information on Postdoctoral Study

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education. Includes listings of postdoctoral positions as well as news on trends related to postdoctoral study and other higher education news (some of it publicly available, some only to subscribers).

     
  • PostdocJobs.com. A resource guide for fresh Ph.D.s, this site includes postdoctoral research position openings, scholarships and fellowships, career advice, and a résumé bank. Owned by the Higher Education and Career Information Network.

     
  • Science Magazine, Career Development. sIncludes a section with articles, advice, and job listings specifically for scientists seeking postdoctoral positions.

     
  • Scholarly Society Project. Sponsored by the University of Waterloo, this site provides information on over 4,100 scholarly societies worldwide (including over 600 U.S. societies).

     
  • National Academies. Includes a section on postdoctoral and fellowship positions as well as an online version of the career guide, Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers.
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Improving Your English Prior to U.S. Study

Proficiency in English is an important prerequisite for U.S. academic programs. Most U.S. degree programs require a minimum TOEFL iBT score somewhere between 79 and 90, or similar demonstration of advanced English proficiency. Even to grant admission conditional on further English language study, U.S. universities typically require reaching at least a high intermediate level of English.

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U.S. Secondary and Elementary Education

U.S. public education is designed to offer instruction for all children of U.S. residents, regardless of race, gender, religion, handicaps, or family income. U.S. private schools offer a variety of additional choices, from religious instruction to environments that focus specifically on collegiate preparation, building self-discipline, providing support to children with learning disabilities, or other special goals.

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Evaluating a Distance Education Program

While students enrolling in traditional on-site programs have lots of information at hand to help them choose, those enrolling in distance education programs often find much less. In addition they must consider factors unique to distance methods.  Some of the most important points that need to be investigated involve practical logistics for someone enrolling internationally as well as to what extent the degree earned will be useful and widely accepted.  As with any program, quality, services, and fit with your needs also should be examined.

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When the Ph.D. Is Not Enough: U.S. Postdoctoral Study

An increasing number of Ph.D. candidates, especially in scientific fields, find that they need still more education and practical experience before entering the work force. To meet that need, many institutions have created postdoctoral research positions, which offer further training in such areas as research, writing, and teaching in preparation for research careers in academia, government, and industry. In the United States, over half of these postdoctoral scholars are international visitors.

Postdoc positions provide scholars with an intense research experience under the direction of an experienced mentor in the field. The scholar is essentially apprenticed to this mentor, and together mentor and scholar agree upon a schedule of collaborative and independent research and publication of findings.

To qualify to become a postdoctoral scholar (commonly referred to as a postdoc), an individual must have completed the requirements for a doctoral degree (e.g, the Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., Pharm.D., D.V.M., D.P.H., D.N.S.), or in some cases a terminal master’s degree. For many positions, applicants are expected to have completed their degree work fairly recently (at least within the past seven years) though some midcareer opportunities are also available. Most postdocs work in the fields of biology, physics, astronomy, chemistry, and earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences, as well as in engineering, medicine, mathematics and computer sciences, and psychology. In some cases, postdoc appointments are available in other social sciences and the humanities, but these are more rare. While a more common option than in the past, postdoctoral positions are not available in every field of study.

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Quick and Easy Degree? Beware

There’s an old saying that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Getting a diploma saying that you’ve earned a Ph.D. for a few hundred dollars, within thirty days, and with little or no work on your part may sound great—but such a diploma is a worthless piece of paper that could cost you your career.

Any degree-granting U.S. institution of higher education that you are considering attending should be accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the U.S. Department of Education. You can find a free, searchable database listing all institutions with recognized accreditation here.

(You will also want to check with the ministry of education, licensing authorities, etc. in the country where you plan to work regarding any additional requirements that they may have for degree recognition.)

Accept no substitutes for CHEA/U.S. Department of Education recognized accreditation. “Incorporated,” “legally operating,” “approved,” “state-approved,” “authorized,” “registered,” or “member of” are not the same and are not sufficient to ensure minimum educational quality. Being “accredited” by an organization that is not recognized by CHEA or the Department of Education may prove to be completely meaningless.

Don’t trust a beautiful Web site, misleading advertising, or persuasive salespeople. Legitimate degree-granting institutions that are not accredited are rare. Fake universities that will provide “degrees” for a summary of life experience, review of your resume, completion of a test or research paper, or even simply for a credit card payment….these are common, because running such a “diploma mill” is a profitable if fraudulent business.

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Creating a Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Often graduate students need to have a résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) when applying to graduate programs. Although résumés are traditionally used for employment purposes, some graduate schools now require them as part of the application process. We’ve also heard of CVs or résumés being requested during some visa interviews.

The term “CV” will be most commonly used when you are being asked to outline your experience specifically for academic purposes. Unlike résumés, which are usually 1 to 2 pages in length, CVs are generally 2 to 4 pages long and include details on your publications, scholarly activities, and the like. With a CV you may also consider submitting such materials as a dissertation abstract, a statement of research interests, and/or a statement of teaching interests.

Résumés are typically focused on work experience and are most often requested by business schools and other professionally oriented programs. Look at specific application requirements and what fits with your own background best in deciding what you should send.

When sending a curriculum vita or résumé to a U.S. university, do not include information such as your weight, height, or marital status.  In the United States this information is considered private and is strange to mention in this context.  Your birth date is also not needed here—it is not considered in U.S. admissions decisions.

A few websites that provide more tips on how to create CVs/résumés specifically for application purposes are listed below—

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Other U.S. Study Options

These articles for students from the Middle East/North Africa focus on various types of nondegree study in the United States as well as U.S.-based distance education options.

Be sure to also visit our Fields of Study section and see what information we have related to your planned career and study area.

We will be updating and adding material to this web site so be sure to visit regularly.

If you have questions not currently answered on our site, please contact your nearest AMIDEAST office or write us.

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