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World Laboratory Project Landen, Marcia 12 Nov 2002 15:02 EST

Has anyone dealt with an organization called The World Laboratory? They
have a scholarship program for young scientists from developing
countries to work with scientists in developed countries. One of our
faculty members has been approached to host a young scientist.

Several conditions raised my eyebrows, and I'm wondering if anyone else
has solved this problem, or if it is a scam, or what.

World Lab clearly states that the funding relationship is with the
student and instructor, and not with the host school. They say they
"will not establish a relationship with the hosting establishment or
abide by its administrative rules." Payments are to be made into an
"account established by the instructor." They say a University account
is acceptable, but I can't see how we'd set up a sponsored project
account if they won't enter into an agreement with us. The PI,
naturally, isn't about to use his personal bank account.

How would you handle this?


Marcia Landen
Director, Awards Coordination
Sponsored Research Services
Bryan Hall, Room 108
Indiana University
107 S. Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
812-855-0899 (voice)
812-855-9943 (fax)

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