When you apply for a Master’s or PhD programs that require you to find a professor who will agree to supervise you, your statement of research intent may be the most important component of your application package.

CALDO universities and professors receive many requests from potential graduate students each day asking them to be their supervisors. It is a challenge for professors to read through all of these requests, much less respond to them.

Therefore, if you want your request to be successful, you must ensure that it captures the professor’s attention, and that it convinces the professor that you are a serious candidate.

When you have several professors you are interested in, you can either:

  1. Write an individual letter to each supervisor of your choice.
  2. Write a more general statement of research that may be applicable to different professors, introducing yourself and describing what you plan to do for your research project.

For more information on how to apply see the Steps to Apply section.