M.Sc. Electrical Engineering: 3.79 CGPA

Master of Project Management: 3.55 CGPA

B.Sc. Electrical Engineering: 3.833 CGPA

Publications: 4

US Patent: 1

GRE: 163 Q, 143v, 4.0 AW


Relevant Experience: 4 Years

Dear All,

With great pleasure, I would like to share the good news that I have secured fully funded PhD admission at one of the top schools in Canada i.e. University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver. I would to take an opportunity to share my personal experience with you that might help you in achieving your goals.

Initially, I had contacted a professor there and he advised me to contact him again after 2-3 months as he was expecting a PhD slot to be vacant under his supervision. When I contacted him again, he agreed to support my application with the condition that he would read the recommendation letters first.  Once I applied and he received the recommendation letters from my supervisors, he agreed to supervise me and nominated me for 2 UBC Doctoral fellowships. By the grace of ALLAH, I was able to secure both fellowships he recommended me for. Thanks to my wife who allowed me to fill fellowship applications during our wedding day ☺

Apart from UBC, I was also able to secure PhD admission at other top schools i.e. King’s College London, Australian National University, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, and The University of Luxembourg. Therefore, I would like to share some general guidelines that would work for every university you are applying for.

  1. Prepare for TOEFL and/or GRE as it’s the first thing you need to do before applying to any good university. Here, I would like to acknowledge #ScholarDen as it really helped me to score well in GRE and TOEFL. Note that your admission does not solely depend on GRE/TOEFL scores. However, the good score helps you to pass through the initial filters.

  2. Contact a professor before applying (adds good value to your application)

  3. Make a fancy CV as it really works! It’s a way to gain attention of the reader and in fact, it enforces him to read it. I spent 8 hours while making my CV using Adobe Photoshop that I learnt just to make a fancy CV. But it really paid me off. I used to get the replies from 80% of the professors whom I wrote emails. In fact, a Professor from Imperial College London (Top 10 in the World) really appreciated my CV.

  4. Since the online application is a very lengthy process and sometimes the questions there vary from one university to another, avoid making some general answers and trying to fit such general answers in all applications. Spend some time and do your best.

  5. Try to provide good recommendation letters and from well-known people if possible

  6. Be clear with your future goals and research directions in your personal statement

Finally, I would like to thank you for reading my success story. And, I am always available to answer your queries.

– Rabe Arshad