This tag refers to questions related to source and utilization of academic funding from government or non-governmental sources.

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Post-doc independent money/grant (astrophysics/computer science) in the US (travel expense/workshop)?

I am currently a postdoc in a US University (I'm French). I am in between astrophysics and computer science. My work is currently funded by NSF (work related to the Dark Energy Survey). Are there ...
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Full scholarship and student advisor relationship

If a phd student is completely funded by an outside institution and don't cost the school or the university anything, what impact would that have on the student relationship with his advisor? ...
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Which country has visiting fund in its research funding scheme? [closed]

I contacted a few people that I knew for finding a visiting researcher position in the US, UK and Germany (3-5 persons in each country). While they welcome the visit, but the following offered a small ...
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Is it ethical to apply to be a conference volunteer (with a registration fee waiver) if I have a fellowship?

I am a US graduate student, and recently I have had the great honor of being awarded a large fellowship that provides a sizable monthly stipend for tuition, living expenses, and conference travel. I ...
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Acknowledging funding originally intended for another purpose

I am paid as a postdoc from two different grants that have been awarded to work on specific subjects. While these subjects are my main workload (both in terms of time spent and results achieved), I ...
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How is tenure-track start-up in Europe?

After 2 postdoc positions, I applied for tenure-track assistant professor positions. I am from mechanical engineering and my research is strongly experimental. This is critically important for me to ...
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Is there any funding opportunity for postdoc in US? [closed]

I have a friend from Singapore who are interested in doing postdoc in US but have found no desired profs wanting him, since his research does not match those professors that he would like to work ...
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funding for a post-bacc research assistant at a PUI

I'm currently an undergraduate linguistics student at a small liberal arts college (no graduate program). I work as an RA for a professor and have done independent research in her field (which I ...
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Why and how do professors go for sabbatical?

I read several questions about sabbatical leaves in this website. When checking a faculty list, it is common that some are on sabbatical leave and some are visiting professors. When emailing ...
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PhD requires technology - is this something I will have to fund?

I'm applying to do a PhD in Computer Science at a UK university. While I'm up for some funding I've been told it's very competitive so I shouldn't count on it. That's fine, and I'm prepared to self ...
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Why do companies fund academic research?

I noticed that a lot of big companies are actively funding research at universities. I was wondering why they do this, as opposed to say funding in-house research as the knowledge ends up in the ...
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What happens to summer salary funds if one has more than three months' support?

If someone has been successful enough with grant support that they somehow manage to accumulate more than three months' summer support per year, what happens to the remainder of the funds above the ...
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What are some practical ways to invest fellowship funds? [closed]

If one has been awarded a considerable amount of money to pursue their graduate studies, through a fellowship such as the GEM/DOE/NSF/Hertz fellowship, what are some practical ways to invest these ...
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Did MSCA supersede MCA or do both still fund new projects?

According to the page About the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: As of January 2014, with the move to Horizon 2020, the Marie Curie Actions are now called the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA). ...
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Admission to Ph.D. program at U.S. university without guaranteed funding

Recently I got admission from one U.S. university for my Ph.D. study, and they offered me a kind of scholarship that only covers my tuition fee. When I asked them about other funding possibilities ...
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Sponsoring a non-academic collaborator to attend a conference

I am a non-academic who has collaborated (privately, no employer support) with some academic researchers and been invited to present our work at a conference. The conference admission price and ...
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Does giving compliments to the fellowship help?

The fellowship (I'll call it XYZ) I'm applying to requires me to write a personal statement (note that this is not a research statement). This is their definition: The Personal Statement includes ...
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Is it ok to mention assistance in grant writing on your CV?

On behalf of my advisor, I recently wrote a grant to obtain some specialized and expensive hardware. Is it ok to mention this on my CV, even though the grant is in my advisor's name and if yes, what ...
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Is there an informal understanding at universities about PhD student funding?

This question was prompted by answers and comments on this question about PhD student funding. I am under the impression that STEM Ph.D. graduate students, when accepted into an RU/VH university in ...
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Proper procedure when promised funding not given to Ph.D. graduate student

I have a friend who was accepted into an interdisciplinary program at the University of Arizona a few years ago. They are more than halfway to completing their Ph.D., however their advisor is ...
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Let the second author to go to the conference instead of the first author who also wants to go

There was a master student who was supervised by a lecturer for his dissertation. They also decided to write and submitted a paper, whose first author was the master student, based on the ...
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Can I refuse a stipend during a PhD program?

I was admitted to a US PhD program (in computer science, if that matters) with fellowship + stipend. I am getting a separate stipend from my government (which is higher than the university stipend), ...
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Understanding an advisor’s refusal of an internship

I am graduate research assistant in Computer Science in the US. A while ago, a master student in the research group, who plans on a career in industry after graduate school, received an internship ...
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How to make good use of a small startup fund?

I'm starting a tenure track position (in the US, computer science) in fall and the position comes with a startup fund that is insufficient to employ any (postdoc) staff and PhD students are funded ...
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Advice and etiquette for building up collaborations

I'm going to start a tenure-track position in fall. I'm planning to start some collaborations with some researchers that are a lot more senior than myself, who I met at some conferences and with whom ...
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In the US, if I cannot finish my PhD in 5 years, will I lose my stipend and have to pay for my own living costs?

The contract says financial support is for 5 years. I am not able to support my own living cost.
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What are some formal methods in measuring socio-economic impact or broader impact of research topic or individual research papers?

One of the major criteria for NSF grant are "broader impacts" (likewise with other funding agencies). In recent years, Altmetrics and similar tools and indexes have been devised to measure impact ...
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Is it unwise to start a Ms/PhD program without a stipend - will it upset professors if I leave with a masters to apply to funded programs?

I was recently notified that I was accepted to a Ms/PhD program with a full tuition scholarship but I am waitlisted for receiving a Stipend. I don't currently have the best credentials so I don't ...
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Where do researchers get the money to replicate others' work?

I'd like to follow up on my previous question. If scientists have to replicate and validate/refute their peers' research, where do the "provers" find funding? In my 2 years as an undergrad at a ...
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Are PhD students allowed to use funding for a custom office setup?

For example, can they use grant money to have a dual monitor setup or ergonomic office appliances (chair/keyboard) to increase productivity? Or do they just have to buy these items themselves?
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Lack of team support in post-PhD Mathematics career

I received my PhD in mathematics about ten years ago. Despite my preference, desire, and attempts, I was not offered any postdoctoral positions. Part of the reason was (I think) that my dissertation ...
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How to find possible donors?

In the US universities, many positions are endowed by donors. Is it possible/common for individual academics to directly contact possible donors with some plans? If so, how one can find possible ...
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TA-ship requirement for funded international applicants

As I have read from other questions in this SE site, for all international students who apply in PhD program, it is required that to be TA for that department they have applied to. And in the other ...
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How difficult is it to undertake a Humanities PhD. at Harvard (converting to the American system from Europe/UK?)

Before I begin, feel I should make it clear that I have no doubt that undertaking a PhD. anywhere, let alone at Harvard, will be a difficult and strenuous task! To briefly explain, I have graduated ...
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Is “I don't have enough funding” the most popular phrase used as hint for rejection

From communicating with fellow peers, it seems that whenever a professor rejects a student for graduate entrance, he or she will say something along the line of "sorry there isn't enough funding" or ...
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Discussing finances with advisor: Am I being selfish?

I have a bit of a quandary. I applied for a fellowship to send me to a foreign country for two months. They will give me a stipend, and pay for all of my other expenses. In the event I don't receive ...
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What is the value of participating in proposal-writing efforts, for a postdoc researcher?

I am a young researcher already having published several papers, and in the same time I have participated several times in bids for national and European (fp7, h2020) projects. So I could say I have ...
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Why don't Universities provide staff/post-graduate with stationery?

When I worked in industry, I had unchecked access to a huge stationery cupboard. As did hundreds of other employees. Full of useful things like: Files, folders, binders coloured pens, mechanical ...
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Do research grants from USA governmental agencies (e.g. NSF, NIH, DOE, etc) require that all of the PIs be affliated with a university?

or to other research organizations for example government labs? I am currently a post doc at large and would like to co-write a proposal (probably NSF) with a Professor at a nearby University. With ...
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How to tailor cv for travel grant applications

Can anyone advise on how to tailor a CV for travel grant applications? I've seen a number of computer science conferences and workshops where the application for travel grants consists of simply ...
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Do research-only postdocs harm chances for tenure-track opportunities?

Suppose a person spends their PhD at an institute with a high ratio of PhD students to other students, resulting in a very low teaching load for PhD students, resulting in no or almost no ...
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How prestigious is a Microsoft Research scholarship

This question is intended to be analogous to the Fulbright one; however, the Microsoft Research scholarship would be for a PhD. How may this scholarship influence one's possibilities to work in the ...
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How has the application review process for NSF graduate fellowships changed?

I was looking for some information on the site that might help for applications to the GRFP. I found JeffE's answer to an old question extremely useful. However, I noticed that some of the advice he ...
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Department not giving me TAships after a dispute with professor, what should I do?

I got in a dispute with a professor I TA'd for, and now my department is not giving me TAships. What should I do? I am required to teach more classes in my department in order to satisfy a ...
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I cannot get funding to travel to conferences, is it normal to target journals instead and would it affect my future Computer Science career?

One of my research papers have been accepted to a very prestigious conference (top most in my field of study in Computer Science). Since I am not a full time student, university rules do not allow ...
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What methods exist for identifying new potential international collaborators for a grant application aside from conferences and literature?

I'm interested to understand what methods others are successfully using to discover potential collaborators in other countries or fields for interdisciplinary funding applications.
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Are all master degrees fully funded for North American universities?

For whatever reason I had the misconception that graduate schools are fully self funded except for some opportunity for scholarship or in extraordinary circumstances, full ride scholarship. So you can ...
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Disclosing consideration for funded Master's during PhD program admissions

As an undergraduate in the admissions process for a PhD program, should I disclose my status as a finalist for a separate and prestigious fellowship that would fund a Master's program? (I have already ...
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How do theorists obtain summer funding after the beginning of February?

My adviser just informed me that summer funding for theoretical research in his department is unavailable for the coming summer. I trying to brainstorm many different ways to obtain summer funding. ...
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Why are contributions to the education of the broader public not valued much within academia?

Scientists not only need to discover new knowledge but also have to share the knowledge to others. For the former, we have things like universities, collaborate groups and journals to take charge. For ...