April 17, 2024

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“Doing my PhD here was a trap”

“Doing my PhD here was a trap”

” I was completely disappointed. Financially, yes, I regret my choice,” says Gianluca Secolina, who came from Italy 18 months ago to pursue a PhD in biology at the University of Quebec in Rimouski.

I chose to comeUQARIn Canada, as a research project [auquel je pouvais participer] It was really good. I feel like I'm doing something importantGianluca explains in impressive French.

But after his visit, he realized that the funding system for doctoral students was much less generous and more complicated than he had expected.

Since he is a foreign student, he is not eligible for scholarships from major central government-sponsored institutions.

In fact, a small minority of graduate students, Canadian or not, receive these scholarships, which is not a panacea; We will come back to that.