Opinion: Training home and away

China's graduate stipend programs offer great opportunities for students and host institutions, but some of the programs' publication requirements may need amending

Wolf B. Frommer
Jan 24, 2011
International collaborations and training are key components of modern science. Thus travel stipends have become a central ingredient of all funding systems across the planet. Over the past decade, Chinese granting agencies and universities have initiated programs that support this trend by funding graduate students to train in labs all over the world for up to two years during their thesis.
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This stipend system represents not only a great opportunity for students, who learn new technologies and improve the fluency in a foreign language, but for the host institution too, since many of the students are outstanding and perform extraordinarily well. There is, however, one issue with the stipend system relating to the publications the students accrue while studying at another institution.As is the rule in many places, the Chinese PhD students are expected to publish a couple of scientific papers as part of their qualification for...
linkurl:Wolf B. Frommer;http://f1000.com/thefaculty/member/279445898313588 is Director of the Department of Plant Biology at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, Calif., and a F1000 Member since 2001.