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As am thinking for a PhD course for some time in some foreign varsity; the varsity has a motivational letter to be answered. Will you please, suggest me what and how to answer [properly] quoted below; as you have a vast international experience.
I am suggesting you a few things, when you describe them in detail you can send me back and I will make it better ..
You have to describe here the merit of any knowledge gained in computational science which can be applied to Energy sector. Energy sector is about I think: gas/petroleum/coal/fuel/hydro-power etc so there is a need of computational modeling in the understanding of these resources.
So first thing you have to do is choose a good topic in comp. science PhD program. So go to the program listing site of the varsities where you want to do your PhD and choose the one that you would like to pursue. Do some research on it and find which fits your background/skills/imagination. Then think how all your skills/background/maths-olympiad/problem-solving/Computational-degree-courses have prepared you to study deeply such a PhD subject. eg FORTRAN/C++ skill means you can do computer modeling of Ocean waves. Think technically.
This asks you to pinpoint a topic of interest. So once you have chosen a broader problem you have to streamline it. eg Ocean wave modeling is the idea in petroleum mining. But you have to look for a certain PhD program to see what they are doing and then forward me ..
Give them an example of any research-project you did during Masters/PG. What was the problem and what you accomplished !! 2 small paragraphs or 1 medium size paragraph will do.
Mention why Netherlands is a better destination. How exactly the higher education is appreaciated by you in Netherlands. Just 3-4 lines or 7-8 lines max.
Mention the strong point of your varsity’s choice: eg if Nethrlands CooCoo University is your choice say why you like coocoo. 8-10 years goal: eg do you want to employ your strength as a teacher? or a researcher or an executive in energy-sector industry.
———— People are writing me emails reg. helping them with their letters but obviously I can’t do it for everyone ————-
Here is an excerpt from someone who is writing interesting ideas but has to elaborate more. Copying for instructional purposes. Again pl. do not send me emails or call because there are 1000s of people and I am already getting requests from many.
I am an MCA professional. I want to do PhD in computational science. But I am little bit confused what to write in proposal. I have written this one page proposal please help me whether it is good or I have to think differently.
Development and Deployment of Power cloud framework using IT for optimum utilization and conservation for energy in power sector of India.
Energy being an important element of the infrastructure sector has to be ensured its availability on sustainable basis. On the other hand, the demand for energy is growing manifold and the energy sources are becoming scarce and costlier. Among the various strategies to be evolved for meeting energy demand, efficient use of energy and its conservation emerges out to be the least cost option in any given strategies, apart from being environmentally benign. The steps to create sustainable energy system begin with the wise use of resources; energy efficiency is the mantra that leads to sustainable energy management.
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OK. This letter is interesting but you have to be more elaborate and concise at the same time. Its a bit confusing. So elaborate on each point: eg “Energy being an important element of the infrastructure sector has to be ensured its availability on sustainable basis.” Write this into 4/5 sentences. Define whats sustainability.
“The steps to create sustainable energy system begin with the wise use of resources; energy efficiency is the mantra that leads to sustainable energy management.”
— Define whats efficiency and what exactly your approach isto gain such. Remember you are not formulating a solution but writing a motivation letter so don’t get trapped by sequence of definitions but make a few definition as would make things clear: “whats in your mind”.
Also I am not a professional consultant in helping writing a CV or motivation letter. This article was just one way of showing you how to do it. You have to do a bit more research on the web where a large content of such help-material is available. You can also approach professional CV writters, but I wouldn’t suggest doing so, you can do it your self.
Also a large number of people are writing me emails to help them with CV and letter writing. Obviously I can’t do so. Please keep the discussion to the website, where somebody else can also write you an answer.
(Manmohan Dash) — Scientist, researcher, teacher, communicator, blogger, writer, idea generator, traveller, techno-cist