Aha! So this fellowship I won does have strings! I was foolish to think otherwise! But truly, this is exactly the type of thing I needed.
These are the strings you hope for. Would Pinocchio be such a goodie two-shoes if he wasn't controlled by Geppeto maniacally for the first third of the movie? Never! It turns out here that the money I receive must be used for "things that help get me my Ph.D." That's it! The possibilities are endless because I have a long leash on this one!
Some brief examples that were told to me by my excellent contact were that I should put the money towards conferences and publication fees among other things. Secretly, it costs a lot of money to put articles in journals, but this means I won't need to beg for money to do it! I even have a few side projects with good friends who are probably jumping up in the air right now that I'll be footing the bill. I accidentally made the mistake of telling one of them not to work too fast on one project--how will I tell them we need to publish while I still have funds?! In fairness, I also need to do a few things on that and others.
The real winner here are Kieron, Steve, and the grants they have. They won't have to pay as much for me; I will! They just don't know it yet! I think its exactly the kind of news Kieron and Steve are waiting for from me: I'm cheap!
In other news, I should get to work on other news that Kieron and Steve will definitely enjoy. I need to produce a paper!
...and what's this? Miles and Kieron have sent me conferences to apply to?! Wowie! Heartfelt thanks ARCS!!