Cover letter for Ph.D(5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “Ph.D. cover letters.”

Samples of Ph.D. cover letters

When applying for a postgraduate program, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to your course. When writing the cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address your recipient with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).”
  • introduction and a big achievement fitting the program.
  • Key information about you and why you fit the postgraduate program. 
  • Highlight your strengths: Why do your strengths make you a good match for the program? 
  • Express what your plans are for the future: How will this particular program help get you there?
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Ph.D. cover letters”

“Dear Dr. Jahns,

I am writing in reference to my application to carry out my doctorate research at Avon University, exploring the sociophonetic perception of second-generation immigrants. Since my undergraduate, I have been aware of the ground-breaking research in the field of linguistics that is carried out at Avon. I believe that the institution would be an excellent fit for my profile and this research project.

Since early on in my academic studies, I have leaned towards the psychology of linguistics. This is evidenced through the subject matter of my undergraduate dissertation, which explored early language development in bilingual children. My tutor expressed that they were impressed by my supporting research which was recognised by the university when I received the Grant Hughes Prize for Exceptional Research at my BSc graduation.

While my PhD research proposal centres on questions of bilingualism, the topic first became of particular interest to me through my research into monolingualism. I studied the accents of immigrants who in adolescence spoke only the language of their country of residence. It was during the completion of my Master of Research (MRes) that I noticed the relationship between the monolingual members of these communities and the wider questions and consequences raised from their sociophonetic perception. Much of the existing research that I referenced during my MRes came from Avon University. 

I believe that my background in the psychology surrounding polyglotism in sociophonetics could further enrichen the department and field. I hope to be able to discuss my research proposal further with you soon.


Yasmin Kirtzman”

Sample 2: “Ph.D. cover letters”

“Gary Zhang

100 Baker Avenue Clairesville, WY


Dear Dr. Morales,

I am writing to express my interest in the doctoral program for the Department of Biochemical Engineering at Agosto University. Using my current and future research, I plan to develop prototypes for breakthrough neurogenic mechanisms that may help to treat a variety of degenerative neurological conditions.

While earning my Bachelor in biochemistry and chemical engineering at New Pine University, I developed an interest in neurological conditions with a focus on degenerative factors. As a research assistant with Smithson Labs, I aided in developing alternative testing methods, resulting in 40% more accurate results during the clinical study. I earned my Master’s degree in Biochemical Engineering at Coleridge University, during which I published two articles focusing on memory retention in neurologically compromised patients. I believe pursuing my Ph.D. with Agosto University will allow me to further my understanding of biochemical principles and enhance my current research.

Agosto’s advanced research facilities would allow me the technology and equipment to advance my research and begin building prototypes. I admire Agosto faculty members such as Jeremy Johnson and Maureen Hinh for their studies on rebuilding neurotransmitter proteins and reconstruction of neurological pathways. I believe that under their tutelage my research may one day be of equal importance and positively impact the lives of many people. Additionally, I appreciate that Agosto University takes measures to ensure diversity and inclusion on campus, and I feel I will thrive in the educational atmosphere.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. If you need any further information from me or wish to plan an interview, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to joining the program and becoming an official Agosto University Pronghorn.


Gary Zhang”

Sample 3: “Ph.D. cover letters”

“Recipient Name

Recipient Job Title

Recipient Address


Dear [name]

Cover letter for application to join the PhD programme at [school].

I am writing to you to showcase my interest in continuing my academic study through the PhD programme in [subject] at [University].

I am keen to join the doctoral programme within your [department] because I believe that its rich history of academic research is a perfect match for my academic aptitude and my extensive career history.

I’ve long been interested in [subject] and I recently met with [name], who is one of your alumni. They inspired me to take the leap and submit this application because I’ve long been interested in developing my knowledge honed through my professional experience at [company name].

I studied [subject] at [university] and throughout my academic history and work experience, I’ve developed a strong interest in the niche field of [topic]. My BA thesis was based upon [subject] and since completing my undergraduate studies, I’ve been able to put my theoretical knowledge into practice through my work at [company name].

As you can see from my enclosed CV, I’ve been able to hone my skills into key specialisms which have led me to develop an interest in [project]. I believe that there is scope to continue the research into [subject] due to the ever-changing nature of the profession and I’m keen to combine my practical and theoretical knowledge with my research. I believe this is of value to not just myself and my peers but also my wider profession, since it could help others to understand the importance of [subject].

I wish to continue my academic career by completing my doctorate, which has always been a long-term ambition of mine. I cannot imagine a better place to study than [university]. I have always been inspired by the achievements of this academic institution and I wish to work alongside your teaching staff to research my hypothesis which is [details]. In particular, I would like to work alongside Professor [name], who was highly regarded by our mutual acquaintance [alumni name].

With my theoretical knowledge and my professional expertise, I am confident that I can complete my chosen research project to a high standard. I am a dedicated hard worker and have long been regarded within my sector through my involvement with [professional bodies]. I have also been recognised along with my peers for our work through the achievements of many industry awards including [details].

Following on from the completion of my doctorate, I plan to use my knowledge to help educate fellow professionals, and thus improve awareness and understanding of our sector.

I hope that this letter has given you some insight into my dedication to my learning and that you will consider my application.

I would like to draw your attention back to my CV which is enclosed with this letter, which will demonstrate my professional and academic history.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours sincerely,



Encl. Curriculum Vitae”

Sample 4: “Ph.D. cover letters”

“John Smith

Dean of Philosophy

Nottingham Trent University

50 Shakespeare Street



June 1, 2021

RE: PhD Philosophy and Public Policy Programme

As an MA Philosophy Distinction graduate from UCL with a narrow focus on the Right to Privacy and the way surveillance, crime prevention and other governmental acts violate it, I am excited to apply to a PhD Philosophy and Public Policy programme at an institution so focused on evaluating global surveillance policy and influencing real, positive change. 

I completed my MA writing on the philosophical and moral basis of modern human rights, with a focus on the right to privacy in the digital world to assert whether the Declaration of Human Rights and other conventions could be being violated by national internet privacy laws such as the Investigatory Powers Act. During this time, I also worked as a Teaching Assistant, which allowed me constant feedback from the new generation of philosophers on these themes, which really helped guiding the process when I was selected to assist on interdisciplinary research with Sociology and Psychology colleagues: ‘I Have Nothing To Hide: Understanding and Perceptions of Privacy, Rights to Privacy, and Surveillance in the UK’. Having surveyed a sample of 3,800 subjects, we probed how strong innate feelings of rights are, and how easily apathy towards pursuing one’s rights can be affected by highlighting violations and abuses against the subjects. The results of the study are due to be published in the Journal of British Philosophy.

I am especially interested in the Evidence and Policy part of the course, as I am a firm believer that not only do certain regulations violate our human rights, they do not bring about the outcome that is touted as the justification for them. I am conscious of my need to expand my skill set and approach in the light of my ambition to advocate and advise non-governmental and governmental bodies on necessary concessions and compromises. 

When dealing with issues of global technology, it seems like the law and public policy are always playing catch-up. However, an approach based on classic philosophical themes seems to suggest that these measures are misguided and harmful to all. During my PhD study, I would like to stop focusing on the past and theory, and further explore the possible practical consequences of a world without privacy which we seem to be sliding towards, drawing on the body of knowledge in behavioural sciences My previous publications spanned from the root of the rights discussed, through their applications to modern situations, to analysis of the moral and rational shortcomings and violations. By delving into the exploration of possible behavioural consequences, which will no doubt have deep imprints on the future of mankind, I believe this publication will become a comprehensive treatise on the subject.

In the future, I hope there will be a government interested in listening to these concerns, but until then, there are a number of non-governmental organisations working to make a change, as well as some legal challenges that could use the assistance of an extensive authority on the subject. By allowing me to study the possible future consequences of this line of public policy, we will be able to better influence the imagination of future decision makers, as well as all citizens.

I invite you to find the publications listed in my CV and see the strong base, committed continuity and passion I devoted to the subject so far. I would love to discuss any finer or broad points with you.

Best Regards,

Mohammed Whittaker”

Frequently Asked Questions: Samples of Ph.D. cover letters

How do you end a cover letter for an award?

Always be polite when signing off from a cover letter. Acceptable closing salutations include “Best regards,” Thank you for your consideration,” “Respectfully” and “Sincerely.”

How do you close a cover letter example?

How to Close a Cover Letter

  • Thank you,
  • Best regards,
  • Kind regards,
  • Sincerely,
  • With best regards,
  • Best,
  • Thank you for your consideration,

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