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Is there any fellowship awards for part-time Ph.D. Students?

I have a full-time job in the relevant field. While searching for options, I have seen a few from Facebook, Nvidia and Microsoft but these are mostly for full-time Ph.D. students.

  1. Facebook: https://research.fb.com/fellowship/
  2. MSFT: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/academic-program/phd-fellowship/

Any advice is appreciated. Thank you

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    A part-time PhD is best avoided. If you need to do one, then you can seek a regular fellowship and negotiate to change it to part-time. – Anonymous Physicist Jun 6 '20 at 2:11
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    A fellowship award usually has compensation - why are you trying to get external compensation in addition to your full-time job compensation? Can your current company provide tuition reimbursement for you to do a part-time PhD? – kjacks21 Jun 6 '20 at 18:02
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Part-time scholarships are extremely rare, regardless of the field of research. This applies across the board internationally as far as I know (thought I would be interested to hear of any examples to the contrary).

Personally I see this lack of part-time scholarships as a flaw as many candidates study part time and a scholarship for those researchers would effectively buy them time to work on their research which they would then use very efficiently, even if its just a day or two per week, without them having to quit their job and other responsibilities in order to go full-time.

There are many studies showing that part-time research candidates tend to make better use of the time available. Because they have to! :-)

Some departments have a small budget for paid research but, much like teaching work, this can have its limitations as you often end up working many more hours than you are actually getting paid for. It may be good researcher development but in many cases can be bad economics.

The best solution in my experience is to keep the job you already have if you can and negotiate for a bit more flexibility and reduced hours. Its amazing what you can achieve if you can get a good routine going and use your time effectively.

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