You hear politicians talk ALL the time how science is important in our state of affairs, with all the global warming hype and other problems pestering our society, but you rarely see them do anything about it. I’ve found another piece of inaction showing the State is subject to lobbying and nothing more. I have gotten the feeling there is no long term plan for anything other than how to transfer money from taxpayers to a few already loaded coffers.
If you look at the budget for 2009 of Slovenia (only in Slovenian) you will notice that there is little (ok, no) mention of scholarships for natural sciences by responsible Ministries. There are, however, predicted 50.732,00 € for scholarships for study of law by the Faculty of law. I fail to see how we need to encourage study of law, given that this faculty receives a lion’s share of new souls each year.
Then there’s the Ministry for culture giving whooping 667 k € for scholarships. I can’t find any other scholarships by specific Ministries financing students for natural sciences specifically. There are predicted scholarships for gifted and poor people, but that’s it.