A statement of purpose (SOP) is basically known as an application essay which is usually required by graduate schools when you apply for any graduate study with the school. One such requirement will be for the purpose of PHD application. Of course, this has to be the hardest and most important essay you ever got to write for your entire academic life and you have to make sure that you write the most impressive open paragraph because imagine a few professors are going to look through like 500 – 600 applications, and only if your open paragraph truly stands out, you can then command their attention to read your essay further. An SOP for PHD application usually comes in 2 – 3 pages in length.
We have many readers of our website sending us request to show them how to write a good statement of purpose phd. We have no good advices on this but our website aims to provide you with the most useful tips by researching the internet on your behalf. We understand that SOPs are usually different. There is no single SOP that can be used to apply for all types of research programs. At least from our knowledge, the SOP for undergraduate programs i.e. medicine or law, are rather different from those graduate programs. Hence such information you gathered online will be generally non useful or may even harm your success in your application.
Here’s what you simply need to know. The people behind the scene reading your sop for phd will generally care about whether you have the potential to be an outstanding scholar. If you lack of such potential, we are afraid that you may have to put in extra hard work to convince them that you are who they are looking for. Next, they will only be interested to know if your research interests suit their PHD program and its faculty. Many potential scholars tend to forget about this, and write about something they are not even interested to know.
So here’s how you should go about it. First, you have to elaborate on what exactly you are researching on. Why do you think it is interesting and attracts importance? Most importantly, your research question cannot be too general so that your readers know what exactly you are researching in depth.
To convince your readers, of course, you need to share with your readers what kind of prior academic experience you have, that will help to prepare you as a successful PHD student. You need to focus mainly on your knowledge, skills and expertise gained over your years of professional work, course work and previous research projects. You need to be as truthful as possible as your readers will be able to tell if you are lying.
When they can accept your application, you have to convince them why do you think this program can be a good match for you. How can you convince them that you will be persistence in what you studying? Will you give up along the way? You can give reference to any research program. You may like to also indicate about your career goal and how can this program help you in your future career?
Lastly, if you truly want to be seriously considered for a PHD program, you to make sure that your career goal need to be research oriented. Of course, some schools will ask you to prepare a motivation letter if they want to understand how much you are interested and motivated to work on their program.
You need to be really introspective. Do not just settle for a simple sentence like “I love to study”. You should also explain why you love to study? How does it help you as a person? Do you love to study for your entire life? If you can’t study, what do you plan to do if your interest is still about studying? These graduate schools are not keen to know you as an applicant, but why do you choose this path in a profound way.
In Summary, a phd application statement of purpose should not be written just like one within 500 – 600 applications. It should describe more about you and what you really want to do. Otherwise this paper application will be just a piece of paper with ink.