How to approach supervisors for research opportunities


  • Contacting potential supervisors is a time-consuming process that requires a great deal of organisation.
  • Be proactive in your approach.
  • The first email is very important, as is the meeting that may follow.
  • Choose carefully and take a holistic approach when choosing your supervisor to ensure you have the best possible research experience.


In this article, we use our experiences to provide tips for contacting potential supervisors, what to expect from them and how to approach them for research opportunities. With appropriate planning, you will be surprised by the number of prestigious academics who would be willing for you to join their research group, and to get you involved in a research project.

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