Let’s say a student is not funded during the summer months but has a cool research idea that even their advisor thinks is tractable and important to the scientific community, and this student wishes to devote an entire summer pursuing research on this topic and forgoing a summer job / internship.

Can the student attempt to raise money on the Kickstarter or GoFundMe websites?

Are there any obvious restrictions or academic violations for doing so?

To me, it seems like a creative way to raise money, and I feel people would back the project too.

Does anyone know of any analyses of the level of ‘research income inequality’ in research grant income across research active staff? Ideally by field, country, and time?
I.e if you had a list of all research active staff, and the research grant income associated with them in a given year as PI or Co-I, and arranged the list from lowest to highest, what would the distribution look like, and what would the gini coefficient and other measures of inequality (eg 10:90 ratio) be?
I would expect something like an outsized hockey stick, but also that there would be greater inequality in less well funded fields and vice versa.

Does anyone know of any analyses of the level of ‘research income inequality’ in research grant income across research active staff? Ideally by field, country, and time?
I.e if you had a list of all research active staff, and the research grant income associated with them in a given year as PI or Co-I, and arranged the list from lowest to highest, what would the distribution look like, and what would the gini coefficient and other measures of inequality (eg 10:90 ratio) be?
I would expect something like an outsized hockey stick, but also that there would be greater inequality in less well funded fields and vice versa.

I have been very concerned about a friend who is considering studying PhD here in the UK. He wants to study music composition in RCM / Trinity Laban / guildhall music school.

I have been thinking about the financial issues he will be facing as an EU student (coming from EU).

I know that the government is offering up to £25000 doctoral loan, but that is definitely not enough to cover the living costs + fee, and also if he is applying for doctoral loan, he won’t be able to apply for any scholarships / other funding.

I am desperate to look for an answer for him, I would love to know what are the options. And what type of funding is available? Any stipend or teaching/working for the university during his PhD?

(I honestly don’t know much about PhD but I want to help him, and I have been digging through the web for every piece of info I could find.)

I am working on a Veni (introductory individual) grant application to the Dutch Organization for Science, NWO. My proposal is interdisciplinary in its methodology, but firmly rooted in historical linguistis concerning its research question.

I wonder about the pros and cons of submitting my application to humanities (SGW) or as interdisciplinary (DO, for domein-overschrijdend) proposal.

I know that the domain will affect the choice of reviewers/committee members who get to judge the proposal, and that I will have to tailor my application to it.

What is unclear to me, however, is whether there are other factors that mean I should choose one or the other. In particular, are there differences in funding structure and application counts that would mean there is an expected difference in the success chances of an SGW versus a DO application?

NWO have changed their application structure this year. Applications in the domains of humanities or technology (but not interdisciplinary applications between the domains) now need to submit a pre-proposal which needs to be accepted before one is allowed to submit the full application. This was introduced to reduce the workload of referees, which to me suggests that the quota of applicants to grants in humanities and technologies is larger than elsewhere. However, when I asked NWO staff about the difference between the humanities and the DO application procedure, they did only mention the effect on reviewers, not any difference in funds. Are there summary statistics or funding allocation descriptions available online that would show whether a DO application has an a priori higher chance of success?

I have started my master’s degree and I am a fully funded student.
I want to get perfect marks and do my research perfectly.
What steps should I follow to become an outstanding student in my supervisor’s mind?
How can I be a perfect student?
I also have a class with him this semester. I am also doing research with him.

It really does matter to me to have a very good relationship with my supervisor.
Please, give me any advice that you think is useful.

I have been very concerned about a friend who is considering studying PhD here in the UK. He wants to study music composition in RCM / Trinity Laban / guildhall music school.

I have been thinking about the financial issues he will be facing as a EU student (coming from EU).

I know that the government is offering up to £25000 Doctoral loan, but that is definitely not be enough to cover the living cost + fee, and also if he is applying for Doctoral loan, he won’t be able to apply for any scholarships / other funding.

I am desperate to look for an answer for him, I would love to know what are the options? and what type of funding is available? or ‘stipend?’ or teaching/working for the Uni during his PhD?

(I honestly don’t know much about PhD but I want to help him, and I have been digging through the web for every piece of info i could find.)

Any thoughts / inputs are much appreciated. 🙂

Thank you.

I have just finished the master degree. And a PhD scholarship(1100 euro/month) has been offered by the professor. (In Germany)
I think the amount of the scholarship is low, so I’m considering asking if I can get the employee-position to the professor. However, I haven’t heard nothing about whether there is a project unoccupied or not.

So, I would like to ask the question of people here: Is it possible to get an Employee-contract even if there is no project unoccupied in the lab?

The circumstance :

  1. I finished a master program (in engineering) in Germany a while ago with quite good grades (score of 1.**).
  2. Immediately after the defense, the professor asked me the plan afterwards, and offered a Phd scholarship (1100 euro per month), not employee-contract.
  3. I reacted positively.
  4. However, I found several interesting PhD positions that give more support financially.
  5. So, I want to ask the professor if he can write reference letters for me to apply to other labs.
  6. But I am worried about getting rejected from the other labs, and also losing my chance for a position with my current supervisor.

So, if I ask for the reference letters to apply to other labs, is the opportunity (of 1100 euro/month) gone automatically? Would this be rude?