I have completed 1.5 years of a PhD program and I am told now that there is no funding left for me to continue. I am looking for new departments to apply to. How should I explain this situation in my resume and interviews? Should I be upfront and simply state that there is no money left or should I frame it more like it is my decision to leave because I think the research at the new place is amazing or something?

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    Without additional information, my nasty brain would translate "no money left" to "no money left for that guy". – Karl Dec 23 '17 at 22:16
  • that is precisely what happened! – anon_945500 Dec 23 '17 at 22:42
  • Really difficult situation, there is no easy way out, and details can only be explained in an interview. The problem is that in a CV there is no way to explain this. – Herman Toothrot Dec 24 '17 at 0:02
  • I guess it depends on how much information you anticipate coming out in your recommendation letters. – aparente001 Dec 24 '17 at 4:07
  • @anon_945500 i'm not sure you understand the implication of Karl's comment. He's saying that some people would believe that your advisor/department no longer want to fund you in particular. Otherwise, they would try harder to find further funding or switch you to a different project with funding. – mkennedy Dec 24 '17 at 4:08

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