EQUALIZATION AND MODIFICATION OF TUBITAK PROJECT MONTHLY STIPEND
To President of Sabanci University
Dear Professor A. Nihat Berker;
Taking the recent applied changes in the extent of the monthly stipend for new commer students in 2015 into consideration which have also encompassed some of the former students who have been engaged in new TÜBITAK projects and also by considering this fact that some of the faculty members have individually decided to increase their old students’ income, we would like to put our request forward revolving around making and implementing a solid law for a uniform and fair stipend for all the students.
As you are definitely aware, any change in the budget value of TÜBITAK projects for funding the students who are assigned to them, depends on a multitude of factors, inter alia, financial issues and inflation are more pronounced. Therefore, applying the aforementioned law only to those projects which have been approved after 2015 seems to be inequitable to a number of students who are currently working on old projects.
It is worthy of note that, the 2015- approved projects were initially proposed and submitted to TÜBITAK officials, based on the efforts and crowning achievements of those former students who are now deprived from their attainments under such a circumstances and this, has spread a sense of frustration among graduate students.
At the mean time, Koç and Bilkent universities have dealt with such a problem and faculty members are allowed to normalize the monthly stipend of students. Hence, we hope the president of university makes a favorable decision regarding our request for modifying the scholarship of all the students equally and uniformly.
Graduate Students of Sabanci University