Hello, I have just graduated from university with a decent (but not outstanding) result: 2:1, not far off of a first, with good references. I did my final year project on accelerator physics and I am currently working at the same university over the summer doing similar work on an accelerator physics projects, I have no PhD/Masters lined up in the Autumn because I did not apply, and instead am looking for a job. However,a PhD is something I would ultimately like to do. I like accelerators, EM, programming and statistics so I think this is something I'd really like to do. With this in mind I have a couple of questions. How competitive are accelerator physics PhD programs? Some subjects such as condensed matter are easier PhD programs to get onto than say theoretical physics, which appears to be the hardest field to get into. Where abouts is accelerator physics on this scale? Would I struggle to get onto such a program or is this quite a reasonable goal for someone with my results and so on? Secondly how difficult is it in general to go to graduate school in the USA given that I am British, living in Britain and did my undergraduate degree in Britain? It's not the be all and end all but I suppose I should consider all my options. I am by no means well off so funding would also a necessity (true anywhere though for me). Funding + graduate school in the USA as a foreigner, feasible or only for the cream of the crop? I am not the cream of the crop but I do work hard and I am enthustiastic, so that is something. Thank you reading, and sorry if this is a boring/tired question, but it is of course very important to me so I greatly appreciate any insight.