I'm in the middle of my Ph.D., and I came to the realization that my supervisor might be doing something unethical (not illegal thought).
I have a large fund to cover expenses related to training and going to conferences. So, my suggestion was to enroll in courses at other organizations and summer schools so I can network and learn a lot about specific topics. However, my supervisor rejected the idea and "suggested" that I enroll in two courses.
It "happened" to be that those courses were his/hers, each with a cost of more than 1,000 US dollars (for 5 lectures...).
The first time it happened, I was a bit surprised, but in the end, I did it (since it was supervisor-recommended). The second time, it was a total turn-off, and now my supervisor is putting a lot of pressure on me to enroll.
To my surprise, some of my PhD colleagues are teaching assistants in these courses. Apparently, they are receiving a good salary because of that. Even though I like that my colleagues can receive fair money for their job, I never intended to use the fellowship for charity.
Do you have any comments on behaviors like this? Honestly, I am thinking about quitting this PhD because of this and other "shady" behaviors.
Thank you everybody.