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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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Asking previous advisor for a better letter of reference

I recently applied for a national scholarship at my university. My application was accepted internally as one of few to be sent to the organization hosting the scholarship. However, the people ...
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Going to study PhD abroad with weak economic backing?

I really desire to go study Ph.D. in the United States and my resume is good enough to secure a scholarship in the designated university, which it will grant full tuition and fees and will give me a ...
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Is it okay to join a self-funded PhD Program with possibility/intention of leaving in future for funded position

I have done my masters a couple of years ago and now I want to do my PhD. I have been trying to get funded positions but no success yet. Without wasting my time, I am thinking about joining PhD ...
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Is it legit to change from one university to another? [on hold]

Currently am doing my first year in bcom (accounting). I enrolled with a certain university earlier this year did my first semester and wrote my first semester examinations, but because of financial ...
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What counts as a research experience in mathematics?

I am applying for some scholarship that requires applicants to write about previous research experience. As the application will be reviewed by the people of my field (mathematics), I would like to ...
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Why are some NSF grants so small?

I see some of my profs win 3 - 5 year NSF grants that are at a minimum of 300,000 USD. I just saw that younger faculty won NSF grants for 3 years that total less than 50,000 USD -- so about 15,000 ...
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What are potential PhD funding sources for international students in UK?

There are several answers available on Academia but all of them are 4 to 5 years old. That is why I am re-asking this question. I was looking for a PhD in UK and contacted a professor of my interest. ...
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Applying for scholarship with prospective advisor support, but not taking the scholarship: possible consequences

I am planning to apply for a (quite competitive) scholarship offered by a foreign government, which I need the recommendation of a prospective doctoral advisor to apply. However, if I am offered the ...
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Benefits to home country while pursuing Masters in pure Mathematics abroad

I am a senior undergrad from India applying for Masters in Pure Mathematics in the UK. Due to my weak financial condition, my masters depends on a scholarship that I will be interviewed for in a month....
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How likely is it that a UK or EU PhD in STEM has to be self funded?

I am an EU citizen interested in pursuing a physics PhD in either a UK university or an European one. It looks like PhD fees for UK universities are so much higher than EU universities, so my issue ...
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How effective is it to fund a researcher as opposed to a research idea?

As I understand the funding model, it's generally the funder solicits research proposals, then choose those they find the most interesting/promising. The researcher who wrote the funding application ...
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What happens to NSF funding when someone passes away?

A young professor at my old university recently passed away. They were still in the process of setting up their lab, taking on graduate students, etc. What will happen to their NSF funding now? ...
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NIH grants - moving to another institution as PI [closed]

If you submit an NIH grant (e.g. RO1) as PI and then move to another institution prior to study section review, or after an award is made, what are your options under both scenarios? Also, what is ...
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Masters or 2nd Bachelors? [duplicate]

Should I attend a likely lesser university, PSU in Pittsburg, Kansas, for a graduate degree in history, or should I attend the University of Minnesota for a second bachelors degree in psychology? All ...
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Dollar amount of NSF grant

How do you decide how much money to request? Must you have a detailed list of costs? How much money can be taken by the PI, for instance, for summer pay? I really don't understand how the numbers ...
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How to ask my advisor from another department for research assistantship?

I'm a first-year Machine Learning PhD student supported by a TAship offered by my host (non-ML) department that does not have much funding. I have heard that RA is uncommon in my host department. A ...
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Differences Between Academic Research Positions in US and Canada?

I am considering the possibility of applying for a faculty or possibly other research positions at a Canadian university. I am curious to know what are the differences in terms of work experience, ...
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Why do people not seem to consider private grants in favor of small public ones?

I have now experienced multiple instances where a group of researchers involved me in a grant application where the total awarded funds were quite small compared to the number of researchers in the ...
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Is it OK to submit the same post-doctoral fellowship application two years in a row?

Last year, I submitted a post-doctoral fellowship application but didn't get it. This year, I thought about submitting basically the same research statement; slightly updated and refined, but having ...
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Can I apply for an NSF grant to create a new course, and how to create a budget for it?

I just started a tenure-track assistant professor position at a historically black university (School of Architecture). I would like to create a new course from scratch, the course is offered at many ...
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Can a faculty on a 12-month appointment apply for grants?

I'm wondering if a 12-month appointed faculty (mainly teaching but also research duty, R1 university in the US) is allowed to pay him/herself from grants (especially NSF or NIH). I heard that they may ...
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FAFSA and a recent permanent resident

I came to the US on 4th of August, 2013 from India on F1 visa as a Master's student. I was 1 day shy of being 24 and eligible for a late registration for Selective Service. But I had no idea that was ...
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Why are there not fewer, better funded PhDs? (In the UK)

This may seem like a naive question, but its one I've had on my mind while working through readying my applications for a PhD in the UK. It seems bizarre to me that PhDs here are not funded by default ...
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Pretending pure math is applied math for grant funding

It would be nice to make a case for funding pure mathematics projects strictly on their own terms, as good mathematics, but this is increasingly not the world we live in. Legislators and funding ...
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Contacted the head of a group I want to join, but she didn't reply. What to do now?

An institution in New Mexico is offering a scholarship to people that want to join the institution, and I think I may be a good candidate. I contacted the head of the group I would like to join, with ...
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Is it normal for a PhD student to be asked to contribute to a grant proposal?

Is it common for a PhD student to be asked to contribute to a grant proposal (one of those that require faculty to submit them, the "big" ones)? I've been asked to write a small section but I'm ...
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Are DOD Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) grants transferable to new universities? [closed]

Backstory: a colleague has a YIP with the AF, funded, and has been hired by a new university. The Program Officer is on personal leave (3 months now, no end in sight). He is pushing harder, and ...
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Grant proposal: How to answer question about Promotion of equality and non-discrimination

I am working on a grant proposal. The topic of the proposal is in a technical study and do not have any direct social interaction. And the grant only provide salary for the applicant and project costs;...
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To what extent is the university budget public?

I guess this is technically a legal question, but since it is about universities I hope it is ok to ask it here. Let's say that university A has employed the construction company X for a big project. ...
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My supervisor is trying to “steal” my collaborators: what can I do?

I work as a postdoc in Prof. X's research group. I have my own funding and work on my own topics, which are related to X's interests. X is an expert in experimental work and I do simulations, on which ...
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Effect of tariffs on lab supplies

Has anyone thought about what lab supplies are most likely to impact lab budgets from the recent trade escalation with China? Equipment is usually one-time purchases, but I'm wondering what lab ...
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Why institutions and governments invest in infrustructure instead of hiring researcher permanently?

I have observed two recurring trends in Academia, both in Europe and in North America. I don't have statistics in hand but I can present quite a few examples of budgets in which the investment for new ...
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What can a PI do about a low-performing postdoc?

This is a hypothetical question inspired by a flip side of the situation described here. Consider a PI on tenure-track position, facing tenure / promotion panel in a few years. The PI has just got ...
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Does the NSF commonly ask for removing acknowledgments?

How frequent is the following scenario? A researcher on an NSF grant posts or publishes a paper which is thematically unrelated to the NSF grant, but acknowledges the grant for financial support. ...
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Demonstrated potential to achieve the highest levels of scholarship in engineering research

The following sentence is part of the selection criteria for an academic job. What does it mean? Demonstrated potential to achieve the highest levels of scholarship in engineering research I ...
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What is a concise citation format for grant proposals given constraints on page counts?

Many grant applications have page limits. They also often allow the writer to chose their preferred format for references. Thus, I was wondering: What is a good concise referencing system that ...
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Projects funded by German Research Foundation---teaching duties

I am interested if teaching is a part of duties for people employed on the positions funded by the German Research Foundation (SFBs in particular). To the best of my knowledge, these are pure research ...
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Where does the funding in business school PhD programs typically come from?

My classmate is in a prestigious business school PhD program - stats / operations research. He told me that they have no teaching duties, and they aren't allowed to do any external internships. The ...
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How to deal with career breaks in CV

I am about to finish my first postdoc (2 yrs) and the positions and grants that I am applying to frequently require me to specify and explain any career breaks. I feel somewhat uneasy about this since ...
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Multiple PhD applications

I'm a student from India who wants to do PhD(in math) in Germany in September 2019. The first thing I did was mail a couple of supervisors who I thought would be interested to work with me. Among them,...
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Are there areas where only some universities that pay their sports scholars?

I have a feeling this is off-topic because this is about undergrad and not about research, but this question Why do American colleges and universities have sports teams? isn't closed, so yeah here ...
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experience/ability in teaching and securing external funds for getting professorship

I'm a postdoc in Engineering. I'm seeking for tenure-track professorship in research-oriented universities. But most of the posts require 'demonstrated ability to secure external funds and teach ...
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Contacting a Potential Supervisor about Funding (after agreeing on project)

I am in the process of contacting a potential supervisor to pursue a PhD in his group. We have agreed on the project and that I am a good fit for the project. However, there remains the funding issue. ...
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Sponsoring scientist for for NSF postdoc fellowship

I wonder how do people usually find sponsoring scientist for NSF postdoc fellowship. Do you find someone you want to work first and then decide mutually you want to apply for NSF funding or you ...
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Is this footnote from one of Perelman's papers meant to be a joke, or is it mandatory to list one's source of funding?

In one of Grigori Perelman's papers, on the first page there's a footnote where he says, ∗St.Petersburg branch of Steklov Mathematical Institute, Fontanka 27, St.Petersburg 191011, Russia. Email:...
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What is the impact of an invitation letter on a fellowship application?

I applied for a Fulbright scholarship as a non-US resident, for a research visit in the US. I obtained an invitation letter from one of the top Professors in the field, from a public university in ...
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Should I already have a publication related to the NSF RUI proposal I will submit?

I am working on an NSF RUI proposal (research at an undergraduate institution). I have a manuscript on the subject that is languishing on the coauthors desk. How important is it that this manuscript ...
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Are students who are asylees eligible for National Science Foundation (NSF) grants? [closed]

Are graduate students who are asylees pursuing a doctorate able to apply for funding from the National Science Foundation? According to the proposal preparation and submission guidelines (part E): ...
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Is it possible to start a PhD at 36 without taking a huge hit financially?

I'm currently working as a Senior Engineer (Mechanical) for a large company. However, I am increasingly finding the work to be dull and lacking in challenge. I don't think I can bear to spend the next ...
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Traveling before graduate school

I want to take a gap year and travel after getting my undergraduate degree in Physics. Is it possible to apply for a research grant that would cover my expenses that year? Can someone travel a lot as ...