Cover Letter Example For a PhD Application (2021)

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Cover Letter Example PhD Application

[Julia McGill]
[Number, Street Name]
[Cambridge, MA 92872]
[(123)-456-7890]
[Email Address]

[October 12, 2020]

[Alex Spencer]
[Recipient Job Title]
[University]
[Number, Street Name]
[Cambridge, MA 83726]

Dear Mr. Spencer,

With reference to the subject areas listed on [URL] under section [‘Degree Programs’], I am writing to express my interest in the Computer Science program at the [University] starting in August 2021. I recently completed my bachelor’s degree with a specialisation in Big Data Engineering, and this doctoral program is exactly what I seek to leverage my experience within the field of professional scientific research.

To shortly introduce myself, my name is [Julia McGill] and I am currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Amsterdam with an expected completion date of November 2020. After speaking with several of my professors, I am convinced to continue my research on [subject]. In my master thesis, I use [Professor X’s] research findings on [subject] and the prospect of working closely with such a reputable advisor allows me to discover more important findings. In addition, this doctoral program also supports my career goal to become a professor at a university or research institute.

I will graduate summa cum laude (4.0 GPA) with relevant coursework in software engineering, systems programming and operating systems. At university, I developed analytical skills and learnt how to deal with complex problems in a systematic way. During my internship as a research assistant at [University], I led a team of 10 undergraduate students for two projects in machine learning. We designed a new algorithm to increase run time by 25% and for more efficient logical problem solving in the future. I received recognition for my contribution and was awarded 1st place in the Engineering Design Competition.

I would like to draw your attention back to my enclosed recommendations and resume, which demonstrates my professional and academic history. If you need any additional information, you can reach me at [Phone number] or [Email Address]. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Kind regards, 

Julia McGill