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

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Applying for funding without between PhD and job/postdoc

I have recently (November) finished my PhD in Philosophy at a Warwick, UK. I am currently in the process of changing my area of study from a historical approach to certain texts to the much more ...
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Should I do a STEM PhD with my own funds? [on hold]

I have lost my TA position in a US public university after my first year. I was not kicked out but lost my funding due to poor TA performance. I got a 4 GPA and As in all my assignments. My family ...
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What funding is available for undergraduate research in Japan?

I wish to go to Japan for a semester-long research internship in the field of robotics. I am a Canadian citizen. However, I am having a hard time finding what funding I can actually apply for. I ...
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How can I find additional funding for my extra year of PhD in Europe

I am a third year (3 of 3) PhD student in Italy. I was so stupid during my first year and lost a lot of time, because I didn't put much effort. Now, my professor says that my current results are not ...
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How to format citations for proposals with a 5-page limit

I’m submitting a proposal that has a 5 page limit (12 point font!) for EVERYTHING (figures, citations, tables) and I’m wondering how best to format my citations to save space. No specified citation ...
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What to include in a motivational letter for research grant?

I was thinking of what would one include in a motivational letter for a Phd grant/scholarship at the cross-section between mathematics and economics? I have no experience in processes of this kind, ...
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What is baseline funding?

What is baseline funding in academia? What does it mean for professors to have individual baselines and where does the money come from? Edit: My professor says he is paying for my travelling ...
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Is it normal to feel like I bought my way into graduate school after being rejected and then accepted when I was awarded an external fellowship?

I initially got rejected by the two schools I applied to (horrible pGRE scores, lackluster GRE scores, and only did research at my undergraduate institute), but then I got an NSF fellowship, and was ...
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How can I set up a fund to support academic research at a particular lab using my own money? [on hold]

I want to fund basic research, particularly one research lab which does what I like. Can someone point me to resources on how to set up a fund to support the research? The fund would be in USA, and ...
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Reviving a Rejected Proposal — Question on Ethical Considerations

A friend of mine wrote a research proposal a few years ago. When he had 80% of it done, he pitched the idea to a colleague who joined and wrote the extra 20%. The proposal got rejected. A few years ...
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Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme equivalents elsewhere? [on hold]

What other countries have things like the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme? It's a kind of scholarship provided by the government of Hong Kong coordinating with eight universities. So the ...
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Should I self-fund my PhD at one of the top 10 universities at UK? [duplicate]

I will start my PhD in the field of Biomedical Computer Vision soon at one of the top 10 universities at UK. I am an international student from Asia. But unfortunately I haven't received any source ...
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Inquiry and assistance [duplicate]

I am a graduate of Mathematics, from the University of Ibadan (First and Second degree), Nigeria. I have a strong background in Analysis and Algebra, with a good GRE score but I have been unable to ...
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PhD in Computer Science with 2.2 GPA [duplicate]

I finished my undergraduation with b.tech in electronics engineering with 2.2 GPA. Will be applying to MIT in the United States for a PhD in Computer Science. What are my chances?
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Is it a good strategy to reproduce figures from related articles in NSF proposal?

I am starting a tenure-track position soon and writing a NSF CAREER proposal for the first time. I have no preliminary data on this topic; therefore I am using a number of figures from related papers ...
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Could Brexit negatively affect PhD students in the UK who are EU nationals?

This question relates to the potential withdrawal of the UK from the European Union, a.k.a. Brexit. I am an Italian citizen, and I will start a (funded) PhD in the UK in September. Right now I don'...
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Applying to fellowships and grants while in a PhD program [closed]

Why is it necessary for graduate students, who have been accepted to a PhD program and received funding, to continue to apply to other fellowships and grants with other schools? Doesn't the funds ...
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Can you contribute to Public Loan Forgiveness (US) while pursuing a funded Masters/PhD?

I think I can, if I'm understanding the rules right, but I was wondering if anyone had done this/could give advice. I recently completed a JD. My dream in college was always to get a PhD in ...
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How much of a grad-school dissertation fellowship should I personally keep?

I've recently been awarded a graduate school dissertation fellowship which (unlike many other fellowships) is awarded directly to me personally rather than to my institution. Normally, when ...
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Is it advisable to try and avoid attending a PhD program from a U.S. public university?

I read this Sunday's New York Times, which had a big article on the funding crisis of public universities - the Times went into detail about the school system, CUNY, but stated that similar problems ...
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Is it worth doing an unfunded PhD at a highly ranked university instead of a funded PhD at a less known university? [duplicate]

The topic is statistics. I would like to work in the financial industry in Europe after the PhD.
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What is wrong with the requirement of writing pathways to impact in an EPSRC grant proposal? [closed]

By definition, an academic scientist is supposed to do research and teaching. His main job should be to create knowledge and explore the unknowns, and to teach our kids so that the knowledge and ...
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How to get funded [duplicate]

I recently transitioned from graduate school to my first postdoctoral appointment and I started struggling with proposals writing! Hence, I would like to have some advice from experienced researchers ...
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Travel Budget for Faculty Members in USA [closed]

How much budget do faculty members in US have to travel to conferences every year? I am looking for the average travel support in CS or Engineetring departments (not out of my own contracts) ...
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Attendance to a workshop

I just finished my master's degree in a university, and I got accepted at a university for a PhD about a certain topic, starting from September (meaning I am "officially" not a student of any of the ...
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My side project got accepted to a conference and my advisor is not involved in the project. How can I find travel funding? [duplicate]

My side project got accepted to a conference and my advisor is not involved in the project. How can I find travel funding? My advisor has kind of discouraged me from having side projects (but doesn't ...
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Will already having a masters degree make it harder to get funding for a second masters in Europe?

If a person who already has M.Sc degree (from the university outside of Europe) wants to enter European university for another M.Sc degree, would having M.Sc degree be a hindrance for getting a ...
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Why do universities fund Ph.D. students in the sciences?

I was recently accepted into an applied math Ph.D. here in the U.S., and being the 1st in my family to graduate from university, I had a hard time explaining to them why my university will be spending ...
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How was funding handled in the medieval university?

How was funding of research done in the medieval universities?
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What is normally done if there is an underspending of a research grant?

At the conclusion of a research project, what is normally done if there is an underspending of the research grant? Is the remainder returned to the funding agency? If this is true, how is it possible ...
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Difference between bursary, scholarship and fellowship

What is the difference between bursary, scholarship and fellowship funding? Is a fellowship more prestigious than a scholarship which in turn is more prestigious than a bursary?
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Consequences of quitting a graduate-level Research Assistant (RA) position mid-semester, with little notice?

BACKGROUND I am an engineering graduate student at a good American university, funded as a Research Assistant (RA). The lab and professor rely heavily on my day-to-day work. My PhD research is ...
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What does it mean when a professor says that he'll pay me as a 'mission' for an internship?

I applied for and got selected for a summer internship at a renowned research lab in Germany. The professor says they will try to fund all my expenses, but will pay me as a 'mission'. What does this ...
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Are there major obstacles to completing a thesis Masters program if I'm not funded/working in a lab?

I will be entering an MS program in engineering this fall. I was not offered any assistantships or fellowships/funding. I was accepted to other graduate programs with some funding but chose to go to ...
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Who “owns” a project idea after a grant application is rejected or declined?

This past year I put in an application to a federal agency (US) for a post-doctoral fellowship and collaborated on it with a three profs/research scientists on the proposal. If funded, one of them ...
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Methodology for estimating costs of a master’s program before seeking official approval for the program [closed]

Do you happen to know any methodology for estimating the cost of a master’s program at university level before proposing and asking for approval of that program and cost by the state or the university ...
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What are the rules for applying for the same fellowship (scholarship) after being rejected? [closed]

I have been applying for scholarships and fellowships for a few years, sometimes I have been successful, other times not. Last year I worked a lot to prepare the project and invested all of my time ...
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How the US Dept of Education define a school year for purposes of Pell Grant eligibility?

I applied for a pell grant for the 2016/2017 school year. My question is, what is a school year to the US Dept of Ed? Is it Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 or is it literally any day in 2016 or 2017, so ...
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Does being an older PhD applicant for U.S. universities mean there is less chance to be accepted with funding?

I have heard this myth many times and have decided to ask the question here. So, is there any truth to it? Does an older applicant, say, 10 years older than the typical undergraduate, with equally ...
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Contacting graduate professers

I am planning on applying for a MSc in applied mathematics next year and I thought of writing to several professors asking about research positions available and the chances of working with them. Some ...
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Asking for funds to attend a conference from a current advisor for previous work

I have an accepted publication in a conference from work I have done in a previous research group, my adviser from the previous research group wants me to present the work in the conference, but he ...
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How common are recruitment fellowships for students accepted to PhD programs?

When I was applying for PhD programs, only one offered a recruitment fellowship, a small (but more than $1,000) fellowship to be disbursed in the August before the initial semester began. This turned ...
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How does funding at UK universities work?

The process for obtaining funding for graduate work in the UK seems much different than it is in the US. In particular, in the UK, funding decisions often come after offers of admission. What is the ...
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I've been admitted to multiple PhD programs, how should I choose between them?

I've been admitted to more than one PhD program, and I'm having a very hard time making a decision. The programs I'm accepted to have advantages and disadvantages with respect to one another. How do ...
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Invitation to visit a colleague's university, who usually provides support for this?

In the past year, colleagues or collaborators have informally extended an invitation to visit their University, maybe to meet potential collaborators and give a talk. In general, is it normal for the "...
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Can a UK research council-funded PhD change direction to fall outside the scope of the RC?

I am in my first year of a four year PhD programme in the UK. It's through an interdisciplinary doctoral training centre (DTC), and is funded by the EPSRC (who funds a certain number of places at the ...
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Why is discrimination based on citizenship allowed in PhD funding in the UK?

This question is specifically aiming at the UK PhD admission system. Having spent roughly 6 years in the UK - 2 years A-Level and 4 years undergraduate, I am now moving forward into applying for PhD ...
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Are professors not allowed to work on what they want to work on without a grant?

In this video on mathematician Maria Chudnovsky, she says "with the MacArthur Fellowship, I'll be able to work exactly on the problems I want to work on." Are professors not able to work on what they ...
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How to find funding for your PhD? (Canadian university)

I am considering pursuing my Phd in Canada. However, I see that I will have to secure funding to cater for my tuition and accomomdation costs, unlike in the UK where we are treated as University ...
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Computer grants for international PhD students

I am a PhD student in the U.S. and I have encountered research problems where I have to run experiments using gpus given the big amount of data and the computational complexity of the algorithms that ...