“In 2003, a full-time Marsden PhD stipend was approximately 25 per cent above minimum wage – and as of 2010 it was about five per cent above minimum wage.
But, as at 2021, the stipend had fallen to 20 per cent below the minimum wage, which itself was now still below the cost of living in major centres, having increased by a quarter over the past decade.”
As somebody who got here by means of that system, the one method I might end my PhD was as a result of my spouse might financially help me. What is just not included in that calculation is the precise hours you’re employed and (relying in your association) the fourth yr it takes to truly end an internationally aggressive PhD.
It wants addressing asap. We fund science so poorly on this nation.