Questions tagged [funding]

This tag refers to questions related to source and utilization of academic funding from government or non-governmental sources.

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Do outside-funded graduate students normally have TA or grading responsibilities in the US?

Assuming a student has full funding from an outside source. Do the TA and grading responsibilities become optional?
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Reusing research proposal text in job application

I recently wrote and submitted a research proposal for a fellowship. I am now also applying for a permanent lecturer position which requires an outline of research plans. Is there any problem taking ...
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Unable to find a PhD advisor: Questions about leaving the program and other options

I am an international PhD student at a top 50 computer science department in the United States. Due to COVID, I had to start in Spring which was a tough time for everyone. So I thought that the ...
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Should a fellowship application justify why the fellowship would be more advantageous than a permanent position?

TLDR: Is it normal that an applicant for a limited term fellowship should have to justify why that fellowship would be more advantageous than a permanent academic position? If so, why? The details of ...
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Is there a formal requirement to becoming a "PI"? [duplicate]

This may be a stupid question, but I can't quite figure it out. For an academic career, it seems to be quite important to be "principal investigator (PI)" on cool research projects. Now, say ...
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DAAD funding for stay abroad for PhD students and postdocs: is it added to the regular TV-L salary?

There are several funding options from the German DAAD for PhD students and Postdoc working in German universities to visit other countries: Research grants for doctoral candidates Research grants ...
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Resources explaining the care and keeping of multi-year grants

I am a first-time PI of a large multi-year grant (specifically an R01, which is a 4-5 year research grant from the National Institutes of Health). I am looking for resources (e.g., books, detailed ...
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How many papers will be expected to be published as a postdoc?

I have recently applied for a postdoc call with financial support from goverenment not from a mentor for a specific project. In the application from there was a table to write about number of ...
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Should I keep my orbit around a prospective PhD supervisor, and how do I politely do that?

I am planning to pursue a PhD and I have been in touch with a prospective supervisor in a different country. He is currently employed with a research center affiliated with a university, where many of ...
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What things are mathematical research grants typically used on?

This post How do mathematicians conduct research? includes some explanation on things mathematicians do. I am now also a little curious about how much money/resources are used in this process. For ...
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Can I find a PhD in Germany without external funding/scholarship?

The following question is asked by an international non-EU person: Is it possible to apply for a PhD at a German university/institute without having an external funding/scholarship? In other words, ...
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Is it reasonable to have both a TAship and an internship during grad school? If not, what to consider when choosing between them?

I'm attending grad school out of state, paying upwards of $17K/semester. Over the summer, I was offered an internship (40 hrs/week). A couple of fellow students were also interested in this internship,...
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Why are there so many PhD positions and so few PostDoc positions?

I don't have hard numbers (if you know a good source, please do share), but it is quite apparent that there are many more Ph.D. student positions advertised than PostDoc positions, at least in my ...
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The university gave me a pay check less than my offer letter, what can I do?

I am a grad student at one of the University of California campuses. In my offer letter, it stated: Congratulations! On behalf of the Committee on Admissions and Awards and the Graduate Group in (...
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As a brand new faculty member who has had no current or pending grants, what to include in "NSF Current and Pending Support"?

As a brand new faculty member who has had no current or pending grants, what to include in "NSF Current and Pending Support"? Basically, should I leave it blank? Below is the info from the ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a professor to buy me a book for research?

I work in a lab on a variety of projects using a variety of techniques. For a recent project I was thinking we are probably going to use fancy machine learning method X which I am vaguely, but not ...
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Choice of I vs we in job applications and grants

In mathematics, it is standard to use "we" instead of "I", even in single author papers. Is this the case for job and grant applications as well? For instance, suppose I wish to ...
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How do university professors earn money beyond their salary?

How do university professors earn money external to their salary from the institutions where they teach? As far as I understand: Obtaining funding from government/companies for doing research. ...
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Writing a postdoctoral fellowship proposal

This is not going to be a specific question and may be off-topic for this site: I'm looking for advice, tips, or a template for writing a fellowship proposal. I'm in my first computer science postdoc, ...
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A letter of support for a grant from an independent practitioner

I am applying for a grant and am strengthen my proposal with letters of support. I will probably need help in a domain that I am not familiar with (i.e. Ophthalmology). A friend of mine is an ...
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Are mathematicians paid enough? [closed]

I am a first year PhD student. The amount of funding that I receive, in my opinion, is bare minimum. After covering all of my expenses, I'm hardly left with anything or in some of the months, nothing. ...
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Why is obtaining research grants so important to universities?

I do not understand why universities are putting “pressure” on staff to obtain research grants. Well, in certain fields, research grants might be important for getting instruments or equipment, but in ...
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Process of self-funding PhD in the UK

Some professors I emailed enquiring about a PhD (in CS/statistics) showed interest in my research idea and qualifications etc., but said they may not have the funding to take on a graduate student ...
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Are there grants that can be used to reduce teaching load?

In mathematical and other theoretical fields, there is not much need for expensive equipment, so grant money is mostly used to fund students and research assistants. But in some fields, good students ...
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How much would it be reasonable to plan for publication expenses, for a project in physics (experimental optics)?

I am preparing a grant application, for a project in physics (experimental optics). So, my question is: how much would it be reasonable to plan for "publication expenses" in the budget, in ...
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Should a scholarship be acknowledged in the paper if it is not given for the work that is being published?

If a student receives a scholarship for their (B.Sc. or M.Sc.) studies, but at the same time works on a project that is totally unrelated to their studies voluntarily and receives no funding for the ...
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Returning Research Fellowship funding

I'm doing a PhD in the US and I got a research fellowship for a month this summer. I have done some work, but I'm not satisfied with it. There was no motivation and I haven't studied as much as I ...
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Fellowships Exclusively for Seniors/First year Masters [closed]

I am a masters student and will get my degree this December having spent 1 summer, 2 spring, and 3 fall semesters to get it. I switched from non-thesis to thesis late in this process which is why I ...
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How to prevent deletion of my Google Scholar profile flagged as a duplicate of a colleague's?

My Google Scholar account is scheduled to be made private on 25th July as it is flagged as a duplicate of a close colleague's. We have worked at the same department, we share the first and middle name,...
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Cannot find a research group for my PhD program before fall 2021

I am a 1st year physical chemistry graduate student in an American University. I was admitted in September 2020, but I actually started the program in April 2021 due to the visa and pandemic issues. ...
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Supervisor cancels PhD students' salary when he feels productivity is low; what to do?

My friend's PhD supervisor (CS in EU) is severe to the point of cancelling a month of salary when he feels productivity rates are not met by his students. Given that the students are just starting (4 ...
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Are my chances of getting into a PhD program better if I do not need funding?

I searched the site and couldn't find any information on this topic so I thought I would ask myself. I have been at work for quite a while now and am fortunate that they have offered to support me ...
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How do professors perceive breakthroughs from outside academia?

During my childhood, I use to listen the news with the phrases such as: Dr. scientist, professor of physics at university of Stanford invented/discovered the phenomenon.......... The italics used ...
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Should you decline an invitation for a PhD application interview if you missed the scholarship application deadline?

I applied to a PhD program a few weeks after the university's deadline for this year's scholarship, TAship, and RAship application passed. The application for a scholarship from external funding ...
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Is it unusual for UK univerisities to give tuition waivers to teaching assistants?

I've been checking the websites of different UK universities for teaching assistantship benefits. None of the websites I've visited so far disclose the specific benefits that TAs receive. So, I wonder ...
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NIH: What is a "resubmission"?

I need to understand the difference between the "success rate", "award rate" and "funding rate", the metrics used by the National Institute of Health as summary ...
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Is it polite to ask about scholarship/assistantship opportunities during a Ph.D. interview at a UK university?

I am scheduled for an interview in August for a Ph.D. program that I applied to at a UK university. However, even if I get an offer of place on the program, I would not be able to accept it unless I ...
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Should I ask my class instructors for letters of recommendations for a fellowship?

I am a first-year graduate student in mechanical engineering. For most of the fellowships I want to apply, such as the NSF fellowship for graduate students, they all require 3 letters of ...
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Acknowledge Funding for Contributions in Kind

I have won an academic research grant by a major "Cloud" computing platform to run a large agent-based simulation. The grant is not paid in cash. Instead I receive credits to spend on the ...
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Have there been hiring and/or funding changes in academia allowing non-colocated research positions, full time, part-time or gig-like (lockdown)?

Almost four years ago I asked Are there "gig economy" resources in academic research? Are they fundable?. Now that much of the world and its academe has endured pandemic and lock-down, I ...
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Does it look odd not to acknowledge any funding in a paper?

Speaking pragmatically, does it look odd or amateurish to write "this work was not supported by any funding" or something like that on a paper? Would it seem to suggest the author is, as I ...
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Starting your own postdoc right after a PhD in another research lab

I am in the third year of my PhD in computer science and I'm graduating in a year and three months. I'm no longer interested in the research that I'm doing in my PhD and I'd like to switch to another ...
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How can I get financial aid for a BSc as a young US Citizen with no family in the US?

I have lived abroad and want to move to the US to pursue a BSc degree. I have no family there except for the sibling of my parent who lives in a far away state from where I wish to be.
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Do all research grants for (under)graduate students lead to high quality research paper?

I want to know Question: Do all research grants (funds) for (under)graduate students lead to high quality (Q1 or Q2) research papers? How do institutions trust (under)graduate students so that they ...
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What can be done as a grant applicant if a criticism from a referee is scientifically wrong?

I proposed to work on a problem in the proposal, but one of the referees thought that the problem had already been solved in some previous papers. However, the papers they cited do not solve the ...
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How do massive research projects manage conflicts of interest?

I am a machine learning researcher, and my field is beginning to embrace the massive, multi-institution collaborations that have become common in other sciences. For example, I am a coauthor on this ...
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Prizes and awards: what about travel grants?

I am applying for various postdoc grants at the moment. They all have some section concerning Prizes and Awards. While I understand that this obviously includes things like 'best poster presentation' ...
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Applying to a full time lecturer post in the UK in a psychology related field [duplicate]

I am a non-European applying from outside of the UK. I need to come up with realistic external funding ideas for the next three years. I have a good idea of what kind of research I would like to do ...
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Is there a Ronin alternative in Europe? How to be an independent scientist in the EU?

I am a senior postdoc in a theoretical/computational field and for various reasons I am quite tired of jumping from one postdoc to another (have to switch cities/continents every few years, and many ...
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Is it appropriate for an advisor to add a student's name (who has no contribution) to a paper because of his nationality

I'm a PhD student working in the USA. My advisor has funding from a foreign (say Country X) agency. I worked on a problem that was proposed by the agency. However, I am not using their data. I am ...

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