The sad reality in my university is that there is no one who can advise me regarding the topics that I'm interested in, usually about theoretical physics. I live in a 3rd world country and the state of scientific research here is frustrating. Don't get me wrong, my professors are doing well with their own respective fields. But the quality of their research is not like those I would find when reading international publications. Another extension of my question would be: It is possible to ask someone from outside the country to advise me? This is given that I have almost zero preparation outside textbook problems and a bit of journal readings. I'm not the best student around, and I am admittedly challenged, but I believe it's not due to my lack of comprehension but because of the lack of support and community here. I'm very much planning to do PhD abroad. But it seems like you need research experience prior to being accepted. So I'm out here hoping to get research experience being a master's degree student. The problem is, I'm here in this 3rd world dilemma. To prevent from straying too far, here's my question once again: Is is possible to do graduate-level research without getting an adviser? If not, how can I do with the case above? Thank you!