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

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Can I put my NSF fellowship on reserve in order to investigate leaving academia?

I'm currently a PhD student in mathematics at a well-ranked school. Unfortunately, after a few years of increasing frustration and self-doubt, I'm considering leaving academia and trying to start a ...
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What are the major differences between PhD programs in mathematics and PhD programs in other STEM fields?

I am currently two years into a math PhD program at a mid-tier state school. I read a lot of advice about getting a STEM PhD on the Internet, but a lot of it seems very inapplicable to mathematics. I ...
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'Standard' minimum budget for nsf grant evaluation? [on hold]

The team with whom I am writing a grant has come to believe that the budget for evaluation of an nsf grant should be "at least 10%" or the reviewers (or the nsf) will think we have a questionable ...
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How can you best answer when a Scholarship proposal asks for your objectives?

I come from a developing country and I got admitted to a UK university in MSC, Computer Science. As I am not financially strong, I am also applying for a fully funded scholarship. There is an online ...
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“Do you need travel support?” Questions on Conference Applications

I am applying for conferences now for the first time while I have my own grant. My grant is mainly for my living stipend but has some money set aside for travel over 4 years. I am starting to apply ...
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Financial resources for M.Sc. students in the U.S. universities

Most universities in the US provide financial aid to Ph.D. students. When the universities accept a student they inform him/her what are they offering (scholarship, stipend as TA, etc.). What is the ...
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What is normally not acceptable to budget in a grant [closed]

I seem to have much more freedom in industry sponsored grants, so this is specific to government grants. I have never been allowed to budget in a 'Computer', but I can budget in 'a CPU'. I mostly ...
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What features should be included in your actual accomplishments and skills to be accepted in a top university like MIT

stack-exchange users I was wonder to know how can one apply for a PhD program in a top ranked university. I can tell you about a namely accomplishments and skills which is labeled as 'very good' for a ...
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Check the chance of getting scholarship for phd program [migrated]

Dear stackexchange users! I have a question and that might be weird to be asked in here. However if it's not the appropriate place to ask this question in this forum, please comment here and I will ...
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How does time off for a serious illness affect funding and duration of PhD?

I am a PhD student from India studying in the UK and I have been diagnosed with Hepatitis B during my recent visit to India. The sad part is that it is a recurrence of the disease as I contracted it ...
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Does having external funding raise your chances of getting accepted ? ( Masters )

My UG university have awarded me a scholarship for master's degree ( I'm an international student ) the scholarship pays for all expenses of the master's degree for the whole duration of the study. I ...
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What does one do if one receives a less prestigious offer while waiting for a decision on a more prestigious one?

Alice (for argument's sake) is a postdoc in maths in an Australian University, but did her PhD in Europe. She is making two applications for funding. The first is to funding scheme A in her home ...
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Who to ask for a reference for scholarship application?

I am a first year master student applying to a research scholarship, and I am having trouble choosing who to ask for a reference. In my program, there is a rotation period in which students rotate ...
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Who owns things bought with research funding after project ends?

In my research group, some time we use our funding to buy things required for our research. They can be pretty cheap (e.g. books) or quite expensive (e.g. machines). When the funded by the project is ...
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Why does U.S. Veterans Affairs only pay for classes which are required for the degree?

American military veterans funded under the GI Bill (and possibly under other VA administrated programs) can only receive funding for classes which are required for the degree. I can find lots of ...
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Newton Fellowship Reserve List

I got on the reserve list for the 2014 fellowship and I'm wondering if anyone ever gets off of it! Does anyone know anyone who has ever gotten off of the Newton International Fellowship waitlist? It ...
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List of teacher training providers in UK [closed]

I am applying initial teaching training through UCAS. On that page, I can see different course. I wonder, if there is a (complete) list of the ITT providers? I don't know a lot about them. What ...
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In a scholarship application that asks about “overcoming challenges,” does this refer to financial challenges or other kinds?

I am applying for a university scholarship program, and as part of the application I have to write some essays but I don't understand what they want exactly in the first essay. The question is written ...
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Vetenskapsrådet (the Swedish Research Council) international post doc - criteria

I'm currently working on finding some funding opportunities for a post doc project. I'm currently in my final (4th) year of my PhD in Uppsala (Sweden) studying evolutionary biology. I'm looking to do ...
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Dual-citizenship financial aid status in the United Kingdom?

I am a EU-African dual citizen living in Africa. From what I understand since I haven’t been living for the last 3 years in Europe, I am subject to international tuition fees and most financial aid ...
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How is employment experience considered in PhD funding decisions in the United Kingdom?

My question is about the extent to which one's employment experience can enhance or detract from a PhD application. I received a BSc in Biochem in 2010, worked for 3 years in software sales and just ...
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Financial aid sources for dependent, disabled student?

I am disabled and have to live with my family. I don't want to go into detail about my condition.My experience in the public education system here was less than happy, including being used as a pawn ...
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Pure mathematics graduate scholarships in Europe for international students with a bachelor degree only in engineering?

Short Question: Are there any graduate (PHD or masters) pure math scholarships available in Europe for international (non-European) engineering students ? I would like to get examples. Long ...
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Where should I look to see if any funding is available for an industry-based research to attend and present at academic conference?

I am an industry-based researcher, which means that that I am not attached to any university or school. The research I do is basic and sector-based and some of them (as pointed out to me in this ...
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Funded Math Master's Programs [closed]

I am considering to go into master's math program before Ph.D. Are there any math master's programs in USA that are funded? Thanks
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Value of scientific community statement on brain training

Recently the "scientific community" made a statement on brain training to inform users that there is little evidence to support benefits from the games. With such an impressive list of signatories ...
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How commonly do researchers spend a long time (>10) years on soft money?

In Academia, a soft money research position is one where uncertain money comes from an external source. The employee or xyr supervisor/boss might need to secure funding every couple of years or so, ...
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What is a soft-money research position?

I have read the term "soft-money research position" a few times. E.g. Path of a postdoc. Another consideration for interviewees is whether to pursue a "soft-money" position. A tenure-track ...
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Where can I search for scholarships (for Game Design) in USA and Europe?

I'm from Ecuador, South America, and I'm looking for scholarships programs with organizations, so I can go to a Master degree. I'm looking for new options because here in Ecuador they give you some ...
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What are books and websites I should look at before trying to write a grant?

I am an undergraduate currently involved with a local arts nonprofit, and the folks in charge would like to write grants and proposals to the colleges in town for cooperating on an after-school ...
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Wanting to return to university, but I have a Master's degree. Funding options?

My undergraduate is in Biology, I'm a US native. I'm thinking about going back to school to study a more quantitative discipline like statistics or computer science. Does anyone know of any ...
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Is Visa required to obtain a very short term research grant (15 days) from a US University?

I am an associate professor and I am going to the US for two weeks. I am going to visit a colleague who is arranging with her university a small grant for me to cover the basic expenses. According to ...
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How to apply for graduate school fellowship

In some graduate school applications it asks enter the name of fellowship or scholarship you have applied to,but I am wondering how to know what fellowship is available for each university and how to ...
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Are there any scholarship for distance learning?

I wonder if there are any MSc Accelerated Degrees or any scholarship on it, something like university of people. And is it taken seriously? Computer Science. Politics. Arts. Public Policy. ...
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What to do when an advisor takes credit for a grant proposal?

I've been writing a big grant proposal for the last few months and I am almost done. I asked my advisor to read it and give me advice on content, and he has yet to read it. He's always saying he'll ...
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What would be the potential consequences of offering to fund your own graduate degree?

I am aware that being funded by a grant greatly improves your chances of receiving a master's degree, however, hypothetically what would be the potential consequences of offering to fund your own? If ...
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Can I get a job while still applying for a scholarship for PhD studies?

I'm interested in a Ph.D. program in Switzerland. I know that all Ph.D. students can apply for scholarships, and it is very possible to get it. I am wondering if, meanwhile I could find myself an ...
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If a professor is not offering funding to a PhD applicant, does it mean that he doesn't really want to be his advisor?

In some countries, it is required for students to contact a professor and find an advisor before they start their application for that university. I have heard from some of my friends who are studying ...
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How to answer the question “Why do you deserve a scholarship?” when applying for a scholarship?

I'm in the process of applying for master of "Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems" in VU university. The university requires me to write a letter describing why I deserve a scholarship. I have ...
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Is it worth self-funding a PhD to attend a top 10 university?

What should I opt for? Option A) very well paid PhD, around €3000 per month at a respectable university or; Option B) a non-paid PhD, where I have to pay €2000 per year at one of the top 10 ...
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Why are grant indirect costs so high?

I am preparing an NSF grant proposal in mathematics. I am requesting summer salary and a travel budget (and not much else), and after I compute the total I have to add an extra 50% of it and add it as ...
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For an industry-sponsored project, should one apply for IRB approval before or after accepting the funding?

Is there a standard customary timeline for applying for IRB1 approval with an industry-funded project? Should you apply for IRB approval first, then accept the funding for the project, or accept the ...
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Is there a list of research funding agencies worldwide, ordered by money spent?

I have found a Wikipedia page ranking countries based on amount of funding and GDP. Is there a list that breaks this down further by funding agencies? For example, the wiki list says US funding, ...
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Are professors at a public university in the U.S. considered to be “employed by the U.S. government”?

Also, is a grad student who is being funded by an NSF grant considered to be "employed by the U.S. government"? I ask because I'm submitting a paper, and I have to state whether or not all authors ...
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Find information about research grant calls from around the world

I am based at a southern European university where little local research funding is available. Other than Horizon 2020, how can I find out about programs designed to sponsor research in any country?
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Can a successful grant application be considered a publication in academia?

I have spent most of my professional life writing proposals for improving the living and studying conditions of the constituents I served (community members, students, curricula and higher education ...
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Who pays for TAs?

A TA normally has a hourly contract for working with a professor. Who pays for this contract? The professor's external funding is for research, not education. If the department pays for that, how the ...
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Why are recommendation letters crucial for scholarships or graduate admissions?

I saw a question asking how to write recommendation letters and I wonder why this is so important? Why are recommendation letters crucial for scholarship applications for studying in Masters or ...
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What are the masters funded opportunities for a British citizen living abroad?

Since I have been living in Pakistan for the past 6 years (completed my Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from here), I find myself not eligible for most academic scholarships in the UK. For ...
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How does a PhD project budget get set?

In experimental fields, such as physics, chemistry, engineering, etc; every professor has their own lab/workshop, normally with several externally funded projects. A PhD student may work on currently ...