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!
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|
I trust you understand how essential these items are and look forward to your positive response.
P. H. D. Candy-D’Ate
*Still not her real name