A lot of people RA for $50-60k in HCOL areas before the PhD and get gorged on city/state/national taxes. Net of taxes (and higher rent due to lack of subsidized housing options), it seems like some people may not be giving up THAT much purchasing power for grad school.
No one pays taxes on these stipends, right? Regardless of country?
I thought US/Swiss stipends are taxed...am i wrong?