memento22 Posted March 4, 2021 Share Posted March 4, 2021 Hello all, My current employer is pushing to have me stay with them in some capacity while I complete my PhD. Right now, I am leaning towards the Pardee RAND PhD in Policy Analysis, where I have been accepted. This program is truly a great fit for me with a pretty good financial package - however, the financial package includes needing to work as a researcher a select number of hours at the RAND think-tank in order to earn that package. I suppose that is similar to being a RA at a traditional university. The way they estimate it for me is that I would have around $26-$28k in stipend each year after taxes and tuition. That's great and I am extremely thankful. However, it is also in Santa Monica, a suburb of Los Angeles even more expensive than most of LA. Avg. rent there is around $4k!!! Of course, I am sure I can find something cheaper, maybe $2k a month with transit, but I don't want to live in a bad place and I really would prefer to live alone (not with a roommate). So continuing to work for my employer, even if in a limited capacity for just an extra $1k a month, would help considerably. Long story short - is working an outside job during my first years in PhD program feasible (I know that is when course load is highest)? Is it something school's tend to accept or have a problem with? Could the "type" of employment matter (for example, if I am a "consultant" for my current employer during the PhD program instead of an "employee")? Anyone have experience with this? Thanks in advance for any advice. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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