I am a first year PhD student. I have been invited to give a talk at a student society in my own university (so no travel costs, etc). I am wondering whether I should ask for a small fee when giving the talk. Some points:
- I have been an organiser at other student societies, and generally we wouldn't pay when professors gave a talk with us, but we would invite them to dinner (prepandemic). There was someone who asked to be paid (she said she always charges) and we agreed (she is a public figure).
- Obviously it may seem a bit arrogant that I (only a PhD student) ask for a fee, but during my undergraduate studies I gave quite a few student talks / seminars for other students (for free), so I have become a bit of a big name on campus, and I believe my talks are good.
- I have been paid by the university when giving a sample lecture about my area of research to prospective students, and also when helping out at other outreach events.
- It's a student society after all (not a conference), so I am not sure it would look particularly great on my CV, especially given that I already have quite a few of these on my CV (albeit I wasn't invited).
- The society is about the ethics of X, where X is my field. I have been an advocate of ethical considerations of my field (usually ignored), so I am flattered to have been invited and I genuinely care about this.
- I generally enjoy giving talks.
- But it takes me time, and obviously my research, my teaching, and my personal life also require a lot of time.
- It takes me about 24 hours to prepare a good talk (for example, six evenings). ((Is this way too much time?)).
Should I give the talk? Should I ask for some fee?