Azara Blog: UK government wants more science scholarships for overseas students

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Date published: 2006/10/23

The BBC says:

A Rhodes scholarship-type scheme will be set up to attract the world's best scientists to the UK, the government is set to announce.

Trade Secretary Alistair Darling will say the wide-ranging expertise available should no longer be one of the country's "best-kept secrets".

The Royal Society scheme will build on the £100m already available for scholarships, he will add.

The announcement comes amid fears for the future of UK university science.

The problem with British science is not lack of scholarships for young(ish) scientists, it is the lack of permanent jobs in the universities. The jobs that exist are also poorly paid in comparison with jobs in the private sector, which does not help, although that is a secondary consideration for most real scientists. Yet another graduate-level scholarship scheme will not do that much for British science, although it might do some good for the British economy since many of the students might settle in Britain with real jobs.

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