I am an international student currently getting my bachelors at a US university. I've recently been offered a scholarship to go onto graduate school by the government of my home country (all expenses paid, thank god). Two questions: 1) is there an option to not apply for funding for my PhD? 2) I believe that my application is pretty competitive on its own 2 feet and surely being granted an external scholarship will make it look even better -- but does not requiring funding significantly boost my chances of getting in?
For context: I'm shooting for HEP theory which is notorious for its cutthroat competition. 3.8 GPA, double major in Math (applied math to be specific), 2 years of research (potential publication), straight As in all my physics/math classes... Is this competitive for HEP theory in schools such as Stanford/CalTech/MIT/etc?
- This has become our largest and most active forum because the physics GRE is just one aspect of getting accepted into a graduate physics program.
- There are applications, personal statements, letters of recommendation, visiting schools, anxiety of waiting for acceptances, deciding between schools, finding out where others are going, etc.
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