I have been invited to be an external jury member for a PhD defense at a Belgian university. Apart from reimbursement of my travel expenses, am I going to be paid for this work? In UK (where I am based), there will be payment for external examiners. It would be embarrassing for me to ask them directly:)

Thanks for any info!

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On the continent, my understanding is that it’s considered part of “service duties” and thus while travel is (often) compensated for, your time is not.

  • So your answer doesn't apply to Cyprus or Malta?
    – user9646
    Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 14:00
  • @Najib Idrissi That's a pars pro toto expression meaning "Europe minus Ireland and the UK (but including other islands)", similar to using "England" for the UK. Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 7:05
  • @henning I know, I just find this expression a bit dumb. As if the British isles formed one homogeneous group, and "the continent" another.
    – user9646
    Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 7:07
  • @Najib Idrissi 51,9% of the Brits think so. ;) Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 7:12
  • @henning I hadn't realized that Brexit meant that the Republic of Ireland would leave the EU too. (Besides, my main point is that "the continent" is not a homogeneous block. I know, I'm reading too much into a joke.)
    – user9646
    Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 7:13

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