I was lucky enough to be the recipient of an Australian Post-graduate Award Scholarship (~ $20, 000 per year) for the first three and a half years of my PhD. I would not have been in a position to embark on a PhD without it.
Unfortunately three and a half years pass fairly quickly in anthropology. While I may have a full-draft, I have been finding it increasingly difficult to make financial ends meet.
“Okay Bree . . . so do you work at all?”
“I’m just finishing my PhD at the moment, in Anthrop –”
“So you don’t work — is what I’m asking?”
“Well not paid work, no, but I am only months away from finishing my thesis, which is definitely a full-time –”
“So you’re not working — is what I’m asking.”
The Australian welfare system does not recognise a PhD as a legitimate undertaking or enterprise. One must provide evidence they are looking for waged work to be eligible for any such benefits. Hence having found myself in my current situation — living on $244 a week while trying to finish my thesis, while also applying for full-time work.
I have added a Paypal donation button to the right hand side-bar, down below. Any such gesture of support will be received gratefully, and will go some way to helping me cover basic living costs as I embark on this final leg of the PhD.
I hope that I might be in a position to help others in the same way some day.
Kindliest of Regards,