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I think you should be worried that you and your colleagues might have to go without pizza the rest of the semester if you've already (unknowingly) burned through the budget, and not much else. You could also worry that in the future you'll have to go through a more formal approval process, which will probably loosen once whoever is involved in the approval ...


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Here are some models I am aware of; combinations of these also exist: There is a sponsor (e.g. government, local university or some academic organization) that covers part of the expenses but their rules for sponsoring are such that you cannot make surplus. You will need to return some of the sponsor money back to them so that the bottom line is non-...


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There is a UK context to this situation which others may not have picked up on, and also some researchers within UK universities may not have been exposed to the current situation within their own institution. Putting it bluntly many UK universities are under extreme financial pressures currently, due to various factors which (depending on institution) stem ...


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A student-run seminar series that regularly attracts 30 students is something every school should be proud of. I can't imagine that there will be any discussion of official sanctions. I'm sort of amazed that the head of a UK school would personally involve themselves in anything like this. I'd encourage you to go into this meeting with a completely open ...


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Funders are allowed to make their own rules. Typically they try to be as fair as possible, but there will always be some 'edge effects' where the rules have unintended consequences. In the case of Marie Curie grants, there is an explicit intention to draw in people from across the entire EU (and beyond). As such, the rules need to accommodate the wide ...


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As a PhD student, you have no official access to departmental funds. If someone has given you a departmental credit card, they shouldn't have, and they are officially to blame and will probably be in trouble (irrespective of the actual facts on the ground). Otherwise, someone, somewhere, is signing off on a form that authorizes the spend. Again, not ...


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Don't trust google for legal advise!!!! Instead ask the international office of the university you want to attend. Even if the lab has no experience with non-EU students, the university as a whole certainly has. For Duisburg-Essen look here: https://www.uni-due.de/international/index_en.shtml


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The website has a bunch of information if you look in the right place, in the applicant guide. All your questions are essentially answered by this paragraph: The living allowance is the EU contribution to the gross salary costs of the researcher and amounts to EUR 4,880 per month. It can only be used to this end. This amount is adjusted through the ...


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This is simply a question of target audience. Marie-Curie grants are designed so that some applicants will choose the grant over a mediocre tenure track position (with the hope to get a better permanent position afterwards). The grant comes with funding and salary to match that experience level. Trying to apply for a Marie-Curie directly after your PhD is ...


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Here's my typical calculation: It takes me ~4 hours to read a proposal (applied math/computational science, but I assume it's the same in other areas) and write a meaningful review. You'll get 8-10 proposals to review for a panel, so plan on a full week of work before you even travel to Alexandria. Then you'll spend 1.5 to 2 completely full days there. ...


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Not just in academia, but in workplace generally, when a middle manager is not called to a meeting with his people, it spells trouble for the middle manager. Prof. Y is probably trying to understand where this budget overrun is caused and probably does not trust Prof X. Or it could simply be a case where Prof. X skipped some necessary step in securing your ...


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In many (most?) fields, conferences have sponsors. In my field (CS) a typical sponsor might be the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) or one of its parts. Any surplus would go back to the sponsor. But the sponsor is also responsible for any shortfalls that occur. I've never been a conference chair (only lower level positions) and never the Finance ...


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It is common practice in the US for grants to be managed by the university itself, usually through a special "Grants Office". The grant is charged a fraction of the grant, sometimes quite substantial, for something called "overhead". This is about keeping the lights on and providing space and maybe general clerical assistance. But it is unlikely that you ...


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Some programs are designed like that, start on MPhil and transfer at a suitable point to PhD. The suitable point is usually agreed with your advisor. You need to discuss with your advisor and plan accordingly.


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I'm not sure why you think you need to be subtle. "My savings and investments are sufficient to carry me through a long period of study if necessary." That demonstrates some serious commitment on your part. I wouldn't put any financial details in it and doubt that it would be proper to ask for them. Or add "with only minimal funding" if you want to ...


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I'll leave the "why are the MSC requirements like this" question to the other answers, and focus on the "Are there any other EU-wide fellowships for STEM which could fill the gap?" I'm not aware of any EU-wide programs, but you don't needed an EU wide program, you need one that is EU-wide, you just need one in the country of your intended host ...


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You can try to argue that the last year of your undergraduate counts, if you did something like research experiences for undergraduates. I was a MC fellow in 2002-2004 and at the time of applying was in the last of 5 years of graduate school, having spent 4 years in a combination of research, taking courses, and working as a teaching assistant. So hardly "...


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The closest analogue for this mechanism in the US may be among those available through the NSF Division of Graduate Education (DGE) - see active opportunities here. The training topics involved are often very macro-level.


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