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Please, no

Nepotistic, unethical, almost certainly against university regulations, and in many places illegal.


At least in Europe it is a common practice to hire your friends with external money. Not sure if it happens if they do not know anything on the topic but usually externally funded positions are practically filled already when (or if) there is a official recruitment. Professors for example hire their former students for their projects even though the former students are not the most qualified for the job.

Good to know

Thanks for the comments! OP here. I am surprised to hear that the opinions are firmly against it. But in any case it is good to learn. I initially thought that this is a grey area, and it is totally up to the grant winner to decide who they hire as long as the hired person follows the regulations (if any) and do some work on the project.

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