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Can professors arrange for an MSc scholarship if you contact them by e-mail and they are interested in working with you?

I have received many unsolicited letters of this kind. They are so often clearly from people who have no idea who I am or what I do (despite what they say) that I routinely flag them as spam. So even ...
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Why do academics have to get their own grants?

I believe this is a good question, but is mostly relevant to US, Canada, UK, and possibly other such HE systems. Indeed, different systems exist: in France the government hires directly civil servants ...
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Are academic groups allowed to use grant funds to hedge against exchange rate changes?

As usual, it is impossible to answer questions of the form of "is XYZ allowed with grants?" with certainty - the answer to any question like this will always be "that depends on the ...
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Are academic groups allowed to use grant funds to hedge against exchange rate changes?

Though I'm in the US and not the UK, my impression that in both places academic groups do not handle money, their institutions do. US government grants, in particular, are always to the institution. ...
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Why do academics have to get their own grants?

At least some research leads at Google and other similar companies certainly apply for federal and other grants. R&D in the US defense industry gets grants from the US DOD and mostly occurs ...
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Are academic groups allowed to use grant funds to hedge against exchange rate changes?

From the guidelines for grant applications at https://www.ukri.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BBSRC-051020-Funding-opp-20ALERTJustificationOfResourcesDoc.docx: If quotes are provided in foreign ...
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Why do academics have to get their own grants?

It's part cultural/historical and partly a hedging strategy. When the university was initally invented as an institution, it was entirely an educational establishment, and its professors were employed ...
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Can professors arrange for an MSc scholarship if you contact them by e-mail and they are interested in working with you?

As university education in Germany is free, scholarships are not very common, and they are (almost) never given out by individuals at universities. If you want to do a masters at a German university, ...
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How to force a German university to take action against possible fraud?

There is no way a university would fail to notice that a professor is not present on campus for a long time. There is no point in "reporting" it. There is no reason to think a professor has ...
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Can professors arrange for an MSc scholarship if you contact them by e-mail and they are interested in working with you?

Australia as far as I know Master of Philosophy (Higher Degree by Research) It is important for you to check the website of the universities/institutions where the professors are working. All the ...
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Can professors arrange for an MSc scholarship if you contact them by e-mail and they are interested in working with you?

No, or not in the UK at least. This approach is very unlikely to work, for many of the same reasons others have said: (a) individual academics are unlikely to be those controlling the purse-strings; ...
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What does NSF do with Project Reports?

You can read about the federal requirement to have RPPRs ("progress reports") in the Federal Register. Here's the page for NSF. In general, what you provide will be used to determine if ...
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Can professors arrange for an MSc scholarship if you contact them by e-mail and they are interested in working with you?

For Australia, no way. Scholarships are mainly for PhD students. Further, it is quite rare for a supervisor to simply give you his/her scholarships, if any. Scholarships funded by the industry or ...
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Can professors arrange for an MSc scholarship if you contact them by e-mail and they are interested in working with you?

Professors are not in charge of giving or not giving scholarships. In most cases, universities or organizations are in charge of scholarships. Here, in México, you can apply to a scholarship once you ...
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Any successful examples of funding research through crowd funding?

Tabby's star is a variable star that used Kickstarter to crowdfund the purchase of telescope time on Las Cumbres Observatory. The observations and many others concluded the mysterious variability was ...
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Why do academics have to get their own grants?

Science is expensive, and beyond the means of many universities. It is so expensive, that it's the traditional domain of governments and kingdoms to fund research. Tycho Brahe, for example, was ...
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Why do academics have to get their own grants?

This answer is probably limited to the US. You have a misunderstanding about NSF and probably other funders, such as industrial organizations. The NSF funds projects not institutions (except ...
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Can professors arrange for an MSc scholarship if you contact them by e-mail and they are interested in working with you?

In Germany: Nope Not going to happen. Professors do not handle Master's scholarships, and hardly any universities offer them. Some NON-UNIVERSITY organizations offer scholarships, which is how to ...
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How to force a German university to take action against possible fraud?

I have spent the last 11 years of my life trying to get German universities to act on hundreds of cases of blatant plagiarism in doctoral dissertations. I have learned that German universities are ...
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What does an NSF-sponsored conference mean?

This is probably field dependent. For example in computer science, conferences are typically selective and there is a hierarchy of prestige. This answer will cover mathematics, where journal ...
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Are there grants that work at any accredited university?

Yes, such funding possibilities exist although the situation is different between postdocs and tenured professors. For postdocs for example the Humboldt Foundation offers the Humboldt Research ...
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How to force a German university to take action against possible fraud?

I would be careful about drawing conclusions here. First, it is not that unusual for some people to have multiple appointments (especially if some appointments are not permanent), sometimes in ...
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Can professors arrange for an MSc scholarship if you contact them by e-mail and they are interested in working with you?

germany Teaching and Research Assistants, not Scholarships Compared to some other countries, scholarships in Germany are underdeveloped. (On the other hand, university fees are very low, but a student ...
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Are academic groups allowed to use grant funds to hedge against exchange rate changes?

Professional "bean counter" aka "research administrator" here with 12 years' experience at top US research universities, having managed funds at more than 20 US Federal agencies ...
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Are academic groups allowed to use grant funds to hedge against exchange rate changes?

Explicitly hedging as in financial institutions? No. I would be surprised if any grant funder or fundee would allow that. Are potential currency fluctuations taken into account when writing and ...
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Any successful examples of funding research through crowd funding?

crowd.science is a crowd-funding platform for academic research which includes a host of examples of crowd-funded academic projects. Notable recent projects include the funding of LSD brain imaging at ...
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Why do academics have to get their own grants?

I think these are not the right analogies because NSF doesn't give grant money to a university employee directly, via direct deposit into their bank account. Rather, the money is given to the ...
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What does an NSF-sponsored conference mean?

Being "NSF-sponsored" just means that the NSF contributed some funds towards the conference. The NSF has a limited budget and wants to give money only to conferences that are worthwhile for ...
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What does an NSF-sponsored conference mean?

I'd suggest that prestigious organizations, including companies, will sponsor a conference only if they have high confidence in the organization and in its organizational committee. Associating ...
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