Ireland is to shed nearly 1000 Ph.D. and postdoctoral posts in 2010 and 2011 as a result of severe government budget cuts. This runs counter to the government’s stated policy of doubling the number of people who have Ph.D.s. Cuts in funding to Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the public body responsible for investment in scientific and engineering research, has forced it to reduce the numbers of doctoral and postdoc researchers it supports by 950 by the end of next year.
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