2 vacancies for PhD students in Brussels

Wim Vandenbussche wvdbussc at vub.ac.be
Fri Nov 26 15:16:29 UTC 2010

*apologies for cross-postings*
*please forward to potentially interested students/colleagues*

The Centre for Linguistics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)  
currently has two vacancies for PhD research on

'Foundations for a European social history of language: Language  
planning in Europe during the long 19th century (1794-1914).'

The project is part of ongoing historical-sociolinguistic research at  
the Vrije Universiteit Brussel on language and society during the long  
19th century.

Full details about the project can be found at the following web page:


The successful candidates should hold a Master's degree in philology/ 
linguistics but candidates from other disciplines with a strong  
interest in social history and sociolinguistics are welcome to apply.   
Knowledge of Dutch is not essential but willingness to acquire basic  
Dutch language skills during the project is a plus.

Candidates should be aware that the research will encompass a strong  
comparative dimension (for example by integrating separate national  
case-studies on language planning in a larger European context, or by  
analysing crucial factors in various types of language policy across  
Europe at the time).

The candidates are expected to conduct research that will lead to a  
finished PhD dissertation after 4 years.

The successful candidates will in principle be based in Brussels but  
collaboration with a foreign research institute can be considered.

Interested candidates can send a CV, a short text explaining their  
intended approach to the project and a copy of their Master's thesis to

prof. dr. Wim Vandenbussche

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Centrum voor linguïstiek

Pleinlaan 2

1050 Brussel (Belgium)

email: wvdbussc at vub.ac.be

All queries regarding the vacancies and the project can be sent to  
that same address.

We offer a full PhD scholarship (for 4 years in principle, renewable  
every year); in addition, travel/project expenses can be covered.

The positions are vacant as of January 1st or February 1st, 2011.

Please respond before December 10th, 2010.

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