[Lingtyp] PhD and MA+PhD funding, University of Manchester, UK

Eva Schultze-Berndt Eva.Schultze-Berndt at manchester.ac.uk
Wed Dec 14 15:43:04 EST 2016

Dear LingTyp members,

The Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester (UK) encourages applications from prospective PhD students for 2017-18 entry (start September 2017) pursuing the analysis of lesser described varieties and languages in all of the department's research areas (see below).
High-quality proposals from students with an excellent track record will be eligible for a range of competitive scholarships. The President’s Doctoral Scholarship (PDS) and the scholarships awarded by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures are open to students from all nationalities (3 year programmes only). Scholarships funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are only open to UK and EU nationals, and only UK nationals are eligible for a maintenance award under the latter schemes.

Funding applications are possible for the following degree programmes
- 1+3 (MA + PhD) programme in Linguistics (4 years)
- PhD in English Language (3 years)
- PhD in Linguistics (3 years)

In order to be eligible for a scholarship, applicants will need to apply for a place on their chosen programme by 20 January 2017. The submission date for most of the scholarship applications is 10 February 2017. For more information about the individual scholarships and the application process, see http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/funding/.

The Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester is an international centre for Linguistics and English Language, with 20 full-time members of staff and approximately 25 Postgraduate Research students. It is unique in the UK and beyond in the breadth of subject areas and theoretical approaches represented by its members, many of whom are internationally renowned scholars in their specialisms. Areas of expertise include variationist sociolinguistics, language contact, forensic linguistics, phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, cognitive linguistics, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, dialectology, first language acquisition, and linguistic typology. 

In their research, members of the department combine the advancement of theoretical approaches with a strong concern for their empirical and methodological foundations, including quantitative analysis, corpus analysis, fieldwork, and experimental methods. Each member of staff also has a special interest in particular languages and language families, including English, other major Indo-European languages (French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish), Semitic languages, and minority languages of Europe (Romani), Latin America (Quechua, Huave, Misumalpan) and Australia. For more information about the research interests of individual members of staff and current postgraduate students, please visit http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/linguistics-and-english-language/about/people/.

Projects of particular interest to members of the department include, but are not limited to, the study of semantic/pragmatic change, grammaticalization and constructionalization, historical corpus research, urban multilingualism, information structure, the phonetics-phonology and the phonology-morphology interface, phonetic variation and change, pragmatic markers, prelinguistic communication, parts of speech, spatial expressions, causatives, negation, pluractionality, ideophones, language policy and planning, and interactional pragmatics.
PhD students in Linguistics and English Language are part of the diverse and dynamic postgraduate community in the Graduate School of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/study/graduate-school/) and of an outstanding and collegial research environment in the department. Students enjoy access to excellent library and IT resources and training provision which also includes the possibility of accessing training and facilities at the partner institutions, the Universities of Lancaster and Liverpool.

Informal inquiries about potential research topics and the academic side of the application process can be directed to the department’s current Postgraduate Research Programme director, Prof Eva Schultze-Berndt (Eva.Schultze-Berndt AT manchester.ac.uk). For questions about the administrative side of the application process, please contact Phdsalc AT manchester.ac.uk.

Best wishes


Eva Schultze-Berndt
Professor of Linguistics
Linguistics and English Language
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL
Manchester, UK
E-mail: eva.schultze-berndt at manchester.ac.uk

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