Monday, September 06, 2004
Money, Money, Money
It's a problem that all academics are aware of, and most are familiar with...that of funding. Basically, most PhD funding in the UK is for three years. This is not to say you can't take more...in fact it's very common to take four years to completely finish and submit. The problem is, the money runs out after three.
And guess which year I am coming to the end of? That's right, my third. So the money will soon run out, and it is proving trickier than I had been led to believe to get money to keep me fed for the next year.
The obvious solution is work, but the more you work, the less time you have to work on your thesis, and so the more time it will take so the longer you will need to work for...and so on. There are a number of small internal things one can do, such as tutoring, or marking, but though this pays well, it is fairly casual.
I don't want to talk about current specifics, in case things don't pan out, the idea of having to be part time, of having to slow down progress of my PhD, which is finally coming along nicely, is utterly horrifying.