Hi! My name is Mohamed Elhedi Bouhdima. I am 34 years old. I am Tunisian. I hold a Master of Arts Degree in English Linguistics, obtained in 2017 with First Class Honors (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Manouba (Tunisia) (see picture 1). It is worth mentioning that I was the first to obtain such grade within the Department of English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Arts, Letters and Humanities/ University of Manouba) since its establishment in 1960.
With respect to my master'sMA thesis, it was impeccable and its topic was original and never researched before in Tunisia. It was so impeccable that Dr. Nadia Bouchhioua, a member of the thesis committee, said: "This is the first time that I keep a student's thesis in my library". It was so impeccable that Dr. Faiza Derbel, my thesis' supervisor, told her colleagues and her MA students about me and my MA thesis.
Soon after I got the Master's Degree, I prepared a PhD project and started looking for a supervisor for to work with me on it. I contacted more than one Tunisian professors but all of them told me that my PhD research topic does not fall within their fields of expertise. One of these professors gave me an unforgettable positive feedback; he said: "One day, you may be the only expert in this field of research in Tunisia". During a workshop at the Faculty of Arts, Letters and Humanities of Manouba, organized on October the 29th 2018, Dr. Bouchhioua and Dr. Derbel introduced me to Dr. Sam Hellmuth (University of York, UK) whom they had told about me before. It was Dr. Hellmuth who encouraged me to apply for PhD programs abroad. Thus, I satrted contacting many potential supervisors from other countries (Great Britain, Australia, Germany, France, Poland, New Zealand, Hungary, South Africa, Norway, United States of America, Japan, Hungary, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan and Morocco). Most of them responded to my emails and all of them found my PhD research topic interesting (see, for example, picture 2). But they differed in their responses to my request for supervision. Some of them said they had retired, others said they were fully engaged and could not accommodate more students, and still others who said that the subject of my PhD project did not fall within their area of expertise.
Eventually, I contacted Dr Joan O'Sullivan of Mary Immaculate College, Republic of Ireland. She found my doctoral research project very interested and agreed to work with me on it (see picture number 3). Therefore, I applied for a Structured PhD in Applied Linguistics at Mary Immaculate College, the Republic of Ireland, in December 2019 and was admitted to the program in January 2020 (see pictures 4 and 5). I was supposed to register in September 2020, but since I had not found a source of funding, I requested a deferral of enrolment to September 2021 (see picture 6). Due to the same reason (lack of funding resources), in September 2021 I asked for another deferrel of enrolment to January 2022 (see pictures 7 and 8).
Unfortunately, my family are poor and no one of them can help me. Adding insult to injury, my father, who used to work as a mason (an underprivileged job in Tunisia), had a terrible accident eight year ago. This has caused him a long-term physical disability to the extent that he can no longer go to work. (see pictures 9 and 10).
I am fully aware that this pandemic has affected many people at various levels and to varying degrees. Nevertheless, I would appreciate it if you could help me get the PhD!
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