EDIT FOR UPDATE
I rejected this specific research fellowship.
Another lab in the same R&D institute reached out to me soon after I rejected the first one, offering me full funding with living stipend (higher than the average COL in the area). We had a discussion with it, and they are already processing my papers.
I received an offer to do a research fellowship at an EU research institute. The research institute is considered one of the most prominent R&D institute in the field I want to go into. My concern is that the position itself is unpaid/self-funded. As I am currently not affiliated with any university (gap year), I can not really apply for institutional funding. I will be trying to appeal if I can at least get housing covered by the host institute as I can fund pretty much everything else but the housing, or vice versa, with my dad advising me to request as much compensation the host institute is willing to provide. How should I proceed with this position if they deny my appeal or can not provide me some funding for the position?
Potentially other important information:
- The funding for the research itself is for four years, but I am opting to only really work with them for a maximum of one year as I do not have enough funds to self-support anything longer than that. I am from a non-EU country.
- The PIs I would be working with are postdocs. I was referred to their research work by two other separate PIs (senior scientists/group leads) in the same division because their labs are currently full.
- I was given direct recommendation and referral to this research institute by my current mentor, who is an [insert professional organisation name] Fellow. He was a visiting researcher at this institute during his sabbatical and was a visiting professor at a nearby partner university where one of the PIs is also affiliated.
PS I do not really know which tags to use.