Funding Issue: Departmental Poltics at play? An interesting issue occurred today, that I am having trouble interpreting. So, maybe some pseudo-random replies on this forum might help. I was accepted into Ph.D. program rather keen tostart purchased my textbooks months ago etc. Issue: I had a *verbal* agreement of a funding level increase from the department head. Now, that same person claims that conversation never happened etc. I have taken part in several in IB agreements etc and verbal agreements are generally treated as gold once an initial offer was made. So, I assumed this was the case here (in retrospect rather stupidly). So, this has a "blown a fuse." There is one other avenue in this that I am pursing, but how would you interpret this? Thanks in advance.