Grad.Students Funding

Keith Robison robison at
Sun Nov 19 16:28:13 EST 1995

Alexander Berezin (berezin at MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA) wrote:
: (Dr. ASHOK GROVER previuosly wrote): 
:  > The information you have about India is incorrect.  
: > There are very few of these scholarships. Most students 
: > and postdoctoral fellows get paid from "Schemes" which 
: > is the same as operating grants in North America.


: Minor details and variations nothwithstanding, it
: is clear that the system in which the graduate 
: students are fundned INDEPENDENLTY is far more fair 
: and democratic than the present USA/Canadian
: system in which the students are funded almost 
: exclusively through grant of a particular professor. 

To say "almost exclusively" is to overstate the point
quite a bit.  I have no idea of the relative percentages,
but significant numbers of students are funded directly
from NSF, DOD, Howard Hughes, etc., or are funded through
their _department_ but not through their advisor (for
example, via departmental training grants).

Perhaps the two systems aren't so different as you
would like to imagine...

Keith Robison
Harvard University
Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology
Department of Genetics / HHMI

robison at 

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