I think that this is more of an Academic SE question than a Workplace SE question, and the two perspectives are going to have different answers. From a Workplace perspective, you were offered a position with particular terms. Your employer's motivation for offering those terms are of little relevance. However, for some of these amounts, it matters what the ...
So should I ask him about this?
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While not a proper job contract, you had an agreement, hopefully a written agreement, that you were paid 1400£ + flight reimbursement.
Enterpreneurs, as well as researchers, have to accept a business risk. The risk may come in their favour or hammer-fall onto their heads.
You still deserve ...
The money is expressed as "an stipend"(not a salary) and it is expressly linked to your expenses.
This is not related to your work. It is only meant to pay your living expenses, so you can afford to further your career. In other words, you are working for your career, not for the money.
In such a circunstance, your position is weak. You may ask for ...
The researcher under whom I am working had earlier offered to cover my
living expenses, subsistence, accommodation at university's hostel
(studio apartment) etc. with a stipend of 1400 british pounds p.c.m.
and also pay for my flights.
However, due to the pandemic I am working from home from my country of
origin i.e. India.
So, do you think he should pay me ...
Even if you're not heading over there and staying (which would cancel the costs for relocation, living expenses, subsistence and accommodation), you're still doing the work, for which you are supposed to get paid the agreed upon amount as stipend.
However, practically, the best way to get a definitive answer (in this order) is:
By the spirit of the agreement, they cover your cost of living and flights. So you won't "make" any money or get rich, but you don't have to take on another job during that period either. At the end of your contract you would not have lost or gained any money, but have been living a normal life with expenses paid. That is the intention of the ...
Call him on the phone or over zoom and ask him.
"Considering this new situation with the pandemic, will I still get the original monthly stipend for this research position?"
If he says "yes". That's great. Just send him an email memorializing retroactively what he said to you over the phone or over zoom. If he says "no", see ...
You should not feel guilty about taking the time off you need to recover, I can’t reiterate this enough. Go to see your GP and tell them exactly how you feel about the situation, they deal with mental health issues all the time and will be best placed to provide you with the care you need at the moment.
My only advice is that you seek help from a professional mental health specialist, as they are trained to detect and handle depression and other situations, and will be able to assist you and tell you what you should do.
Doctors and such professionals can provide you with a letter in case they determine that you need time-off due to burnout, depression, etc.