The discussion in this thread is very useful. I am currently a PhD candidate in China. The doctoral degree here is a little different from Europe. It is full time and consists of mostly research work with minimum course work. The candidates are paid a monthly stipend during the tenure of their PhD work. Other than this, I have been involved with an industrial project as part of my PhD research work for which I have been paid an additional amount (after tax deduction as it is other than my student stipend). I have couple of questions:
1. Can I use the whole tenure of my PhD studies as the experience for my FSWP application? (My PhD is still ongoing; I will graduate next year)
2. Can I use the full time work on the industrial project which has been related to my research but for which I have been paid additionally in my application?
Any help would be highly appreciated. Thank you everyone for this wonderful discussion.
1. Yes. As long as you can get a IRCC-styled reference letter from your HR/advisor to support your PhD employment status.
2. If it was during your PhD, I'm afraid not (I stand to be corrected on this though).