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Re: Profile Evaluation
I get the feeling that you barely started the process to apply, and you still have a long road ahead. I will comment on a few things below:
1 - GRE. Unofficial tests are not reliable. And 160+ doesn't mean much. For example, 161/161 would be a very low score, while 170/170 would be a perfect score, and both are 160+.
2 - "The program has some research component" - Research experience is often one of the most important parts of an application, especially for top programs. But this is too vague to give an opinion. How relevant is this "research component"? Is this related to the field? Did this lead to a publication? Did you present at a conference?
3 - "I want to pursue a career in academic research specifically in circular supply chains." - Well, this doesn't really answer the question. Wanting to pursue a career in academic research is almost obvious, you don't even need to tell us that. Circular supply chains would be a vague research interest, that doesn't inform what you want to do. You need a much more strong motivation.
4 - "Number of programs planned to apply to: 9" - Nine was a low number even before the pandemic.
5 - "a competitive profile for the following programs" - How did you select those programs? When I see a list like this, I get the feeling that the applicant checked some ranking of prestigious universities and selected some of them without much criteria. Are you sure these are the programs that are specialized on circular supply chains? These are the programs with advisors for this type of research? It's not common to see all the big names researching the same things. Anyway, for top programs like that, you probably need a very strong profile. And, so far, I don't see any major strength that would make you appealing to those schools.
6 - "a solid research proposal" - Have you checked the application process for those universities? Because I don't think a research proposal is really part of the process for many of them. And, in that case, a solid research proposal wouldn't make a difference. It's not normal to see solid research proposals for PhD applications in the US.