Seeking Support in Raising Funds to Cover Cost of Application Fees for Physics PhD Programs
Hello everyone, I’m Najla from Iran! I got my master’s about 8 years ago, in applied physics, and I've been working as a research assistant in a university. I studied nanotechnology and I’m interested in quantum materials and nanomagnetism/ which have lots of amazing applications. For example, in terms of medical science/ we have drug delivery where we attach the relevant drug to nanomagnetic particles/ and this means we can deliver the drug to the exact spot where it’s needed by using a magnetic field. Also, I’m totally excited to work on quantum materials that’ve been used in most hi-tech devices we use and I’m eager to participate in new innovations like quantum computers.
So why am I reaching out to you now? Well, Iranian universities give PhD scholarships/ only if you apply immediately after you get your masters. And this policy came into effect 4 years after I graduated when I was really busy with research, so because of this I’m no longer eligible for free education here in Iran. I’ve worked super hard and I believe I have enough achievements under my belt to qualify me to be accepted by top-notch universities in North America. During those 8 years of nonstop research, I’ve published 12 peer-reviewed papers, took part in many seminars, and registered patents. Also I was a physics instructor. To find out more about me, take a look at my CV. My salary, however, was just barely enough for my daily living expenses, but I stayed in that lower-paid work so I could build a good academic resume and work toward my long-term goals. I wasn’t earning enough to be able to save money for my future studies, and I’ve had to pay whatever I had managed to save to register for my TOEFL and GRE exams.
I’m facing a situation where the application fee for each school is going to be a minimum of about $150. This will include the cost of reporting the English language exam ($20) and the GRE scores to each university($27). There are application fee waivers, but they’re mainly for citizens or permanent residents. Ideally, I’d like to apply to 20 US schools and maybe 10 Canadian ones, or more, to raise my chances of admission to a top school as an international applicant. My dream school is MIT and I’m trying my best to prepare a strong application. I’m positive about my chances of admission, but I have to find a way to cover the application fees. Between now and the deadline, I don’t have time to earn enough money for that, especially because the exchange rate in Iran is pretty poor these days. I really hope that money won’t be a barrier between me and my big dreams, and that's why I’m hopeful people who can, will give me a helping hand. In the future I will do everything I can to help others, especially helping support access to education for children from deprived backgrounds (including child laborers). Every donation is appreciated, no matter what size, and your support means a lot to me! My friend Raffi who lives in San Diego will be responsible for withdrawing the funds and paying the application fees, and we’ll upload proof of this as soon as we can, as well as the final admission decisions.
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