Dear everyone, I have a question about career future and I am deeply worrying about it. I am currently a master student in QFFF program at Imperial College. I will graduate soon but haven't get any Ph.D. offer (I applied a couple of places in Europe, some does not reply, some rejected me, perhaps I am a oversea student, espeically lack of funding for oversea student in UK). I think my grade cannot reach "distinction" (Is grade very crucial? I have two papers published on Phys. Rev. A, but it is not high-energy physics) and I would like to do either hep-th/cosmology, not hep-ph/hep-lat/quantum information. I am thinking about three possibilties 1) Apply US (I don't have GRE score right now). Cons: Does it somehow a waste of time? I heard in US you have to redo classical mechanics, electrodynamics, statistical physics, and quantum mechanics. But in QFFF, it starts from QFT, GR, supersymmetry, string theory..... Pros: more funding in US, more places in US. 2) Continuing apply Ph.D. places in Europe I am doing that, but I am not really sure about the result 3) Asking some continental Europe university if I can do a second year Master (in UK this is one year) Perhaps in reality, 1) is the only option. However, I desperately would like to see your comments and opinions... Esepcially, if I enter graduate program in US, can I waive a few exams? Thank you very much in advance!