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Daily Archives: June 26, 2015

A Word to our Sponsors: the True Cost of PhD Research

Today we hear from PhD candidate, P. H. D. Candy-D’Ate* who gives us the lowdown on the True Cost of PhD Research.   This is essential reading for anyone about to prepare a grant application! 

Dear Funders,

When I applied for my doctoral funding you asked me to submit a detailed proposal setting out the costs involved in undertaking my research. It recorded line items such as “paper” and “travel”. In retrospect, this proposal was naïve and reflected my inexperience as a researcher. I am now writing to update my proposal and ask for additional funds for expenses that have arisen and that I will need to meet to complete my research. The items are set out below. This budget is for the 30 weeks remaining in my candidature.

Item Purpose Number Cost per item Total
Coffee Upper – required for functioning during day 30 bags of high strength beans $7 $210
Wine Downer – to offset effects of coffee, required for sleep 40 bottles $18 (I’m a graduate student, I can’t drink the really cheap stuff) $720
Physiotherapy Repair arm damaged by transcribing interviews 2 sessions $60 $120
Massage Recommended by physiotherapist and enthusiastically accepted by researcher 20 sessions $40 $800
Yoga Maintenance of mental and physical well being 20 sessions $15 $300
Chocolate Maintenance of mental well being 30 blocks $3 $90
Running shoes Reduce negative effects of chocolate to physical well being 1 $150 $150
Hairdressing Disguise rapidly multiplying grey hairs 5 $150 $750
Brian Johnston Practical strategies for slowing the rate of grey hair accumulation 6 $15 $90
Fancy keyboard My productivity will definitely increase if I have a very expensive keyboard that sounds like a typewriter 1 $250 $250
Mouse Previous mouse wore out from too much clicking (yes, seriously) 1 $60 $60
Electricity For clothes dryer because I don’t have time for housework but I still need clothes 100 $1 $100
Total       $3640.00

 

I trust you understand how essential these items are and look forward to your positive response.

 

Yours faithfully,

P. H. D. Candy-D’Ate

*Still not her real name