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Is it too late to contact professors/potential guides?

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:28 am
by SS1234
I am an final year ,international student planning to apply for PhD in astronomy, related to dark matter and structure formation in the universe. I've looked up on the web to find out ongoing research in that field and shortlisted a few professors with whom I'd like to work. In most of the cases, I found no mention on their website saying there are open PhD positions (either explicitly or implicitly)in their group.So should I assume that they are not interested in taking students?Also, if I start sending out mails to them now, how long should I wait before I apply?The deadlines for most universities will be in December and I am worried that I still didn't finalize my list of universities to apply to. Please help!