Choosing a supervisor is one of the most important steps you’ll take toward ensuring a successful research experience. Your supervisor will play a vital role in your research, drawing from personal experience and expertise to provide you with ongoing mentorship, feedback, and support. You’ll want to be sure that your expectations are aligned from the start, so taking the time to determine and seek out the best fit is essential.
Supervisors at Hebrew University are in high demand, and the process of securing one can be competitive in certain fields. As you begin your search, you’ll discover that some researchers will be at maximum capacity for supervision, others may find your proposed research topic less relevant for their field of expertise, and some may simply be too busy to respond in a timely manner. Since the process of seeking out a supervisor is not always an easy one, we’ve put together some helpful tips:
- Start early: Finding a match can be a time-consuming, lengthy process. Therefore, we recommend starting your search as early as possible.
- Be concise: Supervisors receive a high volume of email inquiries. Be clear in your initial approach and offer a succinct summary of your research interests. This will help you stand out.
- Be informed: Before reaching out to potential supervisors, familiarize yourself with their work and confirm that your research interests are mutual. Doing so will increase the likelihood of receiving a response.
- Be persistent: As we’ve mentioned, this a competitive process. Be prepared for rejection and, in some cases, a lack of response altogether. Don’t be discouraged, as patience and perseverance are key throughout this process.