Out of Our Minds Leverhulme Trust funded PhD Studentship Programme

The Department of Modern Languages and the Department of English and Linguistics at The University of Birmingham is pleased to invite applications for the Out of Our Minds Leverhulme Trust funded PhD Studentship Programme which is specially open to those already hold a BA qualification in English or Polish Language & Linguistics and will hold an MA, preferably in Teaching English or Polish as a Foreign Language.

Scholarship Description
Out of Our Minds Leverhulme Trust funded PhD Studentship Programme is funded studentship which is intended for writing a PhD dissertation in the framework of a Leverhulme-funded project led by Professor Dagmar Divjak in collaboration with Dr Petar Milin. Over five years, the award from the Leverhulme Trust will allow us to develop new, accurate ways of describing speakers’ linguistic knowledge, by combining experimentation with computational simulations that mimic the way in which humans learn.

Award Value
The winning applicants will receive benefits of tuition fee waiver at UK/EU rate + £14,777 per year

Level and Area of Studies
PhD degree in English Language and Linguistics, Modern Languages and Cultures.

Place of Study
The study will be taken at the University of Birmingham in UK.

Eligibility and Criteria
The successful candidate must:

  • hold an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in English language/linguistics and document proficiency in Polish OR hold an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Polish language/linguistics and document proficiency in English

In addition, it is an advantage but not a requirement that the candidate has one or more of the following:

  • experience in teaching foreign languages (English or Polish)
  • a background in Usage-based Linguistics, Psycholinguistics or Corpus Linguistics
  • experience in designing and running classroom intervention studies, using a range of designs and technologies
  • experience collecting data using a range of behavioral and computational methods
  • knowledge of statistics for language-data analysis

Applicants’ Nationality
There is no nationality restriction to apply this Out of Our Minds Leverhulme Trust funded PhD Studentship Programme.

Application Instruction
To apply this PhD studentship program, applicants must submit the documents below:

  • A CV listing any publications
  • A max 1500-word project proposal that describes how you would test the effect that two different methods of teaching grammatical aspect may have on students’ learning
  • A copy of your MA certificate and transcripts; if these are not yet available, please attach a letter from your MA supervisor
  • An electronic copy of your MA dissertation or the most current draft
  • The names and contact details of two academic references
  • If English is not your official language, evidence of English proficiency needs to be submitted (an IELTS score of at least 7 overall, with 6.5 in each component part)
  • If Polish is not your native language, evidence of relevant courses taken and/or relevant certificates and other supporting documents need to be submitted

Submission Deadline
10 April 2019.

Website and Application Link

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