Unfortunately I am having a really hard time with the industry partners that have made me think I should quit. First of all, they are aggressive every time I come up with a research idea, and they shut it down in an aggressive way. I have been having some issues to be there to the secondments (bureaucracy not from my side). It is now on their side how to solve the bureaucracy. They have been trying to convince me the secondments are not important, and I can work for them from abroad. They are not being transparent or providing information about what they are doing to have me in place and finally one of them just got out of control and insane and scream at me in a meeting in front of everyone. Frankly I don’t want to work with these people again.

What should I do in case of having troubles with the industry partner? What are the risks for the project, if I quit?

Unfortunately I am having a really hard time with the industry partners that have made me think I should quit. Firts of alk they are aggressive every time I come up with a research idea they shut it down In an aggressive way. I have been having some issues to be there to the secondments (burocracy not from my side) and it is on their side now to solve the burocracy and they have been trying to Convonce me the secondments are nit important and I can work for them from abroad. They are not being transparent or providing information about what they are doing to have me in place and finally one of them just got out of control and Insane and scream at me in a meeting in front of everyone. Frankly I dotn want to work with these people again. What should I do? What are the risks for the project if the I quit?

I have been offered a Marie Curie Fellowship as a PhD researcher. That means I would be employed by the business school to carry out 3 years of a PhD project approved by European Commission. I would simultaneously have the status of a PhD student and a business school employee.

However, the business school is perhaps ranked around 9 to 10 in that country. A serious concern is if other (better ranked) schools in that country and in rest of Europe will look down upon my PhD just because it is not from the list of elite schools in Europe. This particular school is not ranked by 2 of the well known rankings, though it punches way higher than its size and overall reputation research-wise in a third ranking, which is often considered the most trusted by students embarking on PhD at a business school.

I know what the project is and who my supervisor will be. He is an active researcher, though I don’t know to what extent he would go on to support me during and after PhD.

The alternative is a regular PhD program, with a full scholarship at a pretty strong brand name within Europe (another country). However, its research ranking is not very good, but the overall impression of that school Europe-wide is impressive. The school overall features in top 30 worldwide in one of the rankings, but for research in my area of studies, it ranks between 100-150 by 2 rankings and about 200-250 by the third. This school is ranked 3rd-4th in its country and is known internationally for its MBAs et cetera, so at least recruiters would know the school. I don’t know what project I would eventually finalize and the supervisor I would get, but as they say, the chances of things going wrong are lower at a good school.

My goal: I am looking at a career in academia afterwards. Some professors I spoke with have hinted that it is often the name of the graduating school that gets you noticed. Could the mention of Marie Curie fellowship compensate for any weaknesses of the specific school I attend? If so, how do I overcome the reputation and get noticed when the recruiters are said to be interested in shortlisting based on the recognition / popularity of schools?

Two PhD positions were offered to me:

  1. EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland)
  2. In Italy, through a H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship.

I know that Marie Curie are quite prestigious, but also EPFL is ranked among the top 15 universities in the world.
I like both projects and both offer good scholarships. Although the cost of living in Switzerland is much higher than in Italy, the infrastructure in Italy is really old and scarce.
I’m afraid of choosing the MSC ITN, which is at a university not as prestigious as EPFL.

To what extent does the prestige of a fellowship vs. the prestige of an institution matter to a researcher or professor career ? Is infrastructure a limiting factor for graduate studies in chemical and materials engineering?

“Poor infrastructure” means old equipment, not so nice labs, lecture rooms and PhD students offices. Also may you have to wait long for use an equipment…
The infrastructure (roads, trains…) of Italy is good, not so good as Switzerland but acceptable.

Two PhD positions were offered to me:

  1. EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland)
  2. In Italy, through a H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship.

I know that Marie Curie are quite prestigious, but also EPFL is ranked among the top 15 universities in the world.
I like both projects and both offer good scholarships. Although the cost of living in Switzerland is much higher than in Italy, the infrastructure in Italy is really old and scarce.
I’m afraid of choosing the MSC ITN, which is at a university not as prestigious as EPFL.

To what extent does the prestige of a fellowship vs. the prestige of an institution matter [to particular educational and career outcomes]? Is infrastructure a limiting factor for graduate study [in my field, X]?

I recently posted the above question along with another in the same post and was asked to post this one separately.

I have received a Marie-Curie individual fellowship from the European Commission. As a non-European, this allows me to take up research in a Member State. I know this fellowship is prestigious in Europe, but I’m not sure how it’s perceived in other parts of the world like the USA, Canada, Australia…etc. Any idea on this?

I got the prestigious Marie Curie individual fellowship (postdoc) and was wondering if anyone here has experience with this fellowship.

The proposal I wrote is good but I’m not sure if I want to stick to it 100%. What is the expectation in this regard?

Also, I know this fellowship is prestigious in Europe, but I’m not sure how it’s perceived in other parts of the world like USA, Canada and Australia. Any idea?

I will be moving to an EU country from outside.

I come from an EU country, and I am doing a PHD funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN).

The problem is that, after almost a year spent here, I realize that I do not like my subject, nor the professors. I would like to continue my PhD studies, but I need to make a change (professor, subject, maybe country).

I don’t know if it is possible to make such a change, while maintaining the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship.

It is hard to find an answer because I prefer not to talk about this with my professors. Also, I asked a Marie Skłodowska-Curie project secretary, and she only told me that I can quit the PhD any time without any financial consequences for me.

I prefer not to give details about subject, the university, or the names of my professors. Still, feel free to ask me if you need more details and I hope I could make my question clearer thanks to your feedback!

Thank you all!