[lg policy] Soillse PhD Scholarship 2010-11: Gaelic Language and Sociolinguistics,UK

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
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Soillse PhD Scholarship 2010-11: Gaelic Language and Sociolinguistics,UK

May 15, 2010

Following a successful proposal to the Scottish Funding Council,
Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Soillse
initiative will promote an enhanced research capacity to inform public
policy concerning Gaelic in Scotland. The initiative is supported by
SFC’s Strategic Research Development Grant Horizon Fund scheme.
Activities and outputs will build upon, collaborate with, and transfer
knowledge to existing efforts to maintain and revitalise Gaelic
language and culture.

Soillse involves a consortium consisting of UHI Millenium Institute
(in particular, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig), and the Universities of Aberdeen,
Glasgow, and Edinburgh.

The aims of Soillse are:

To further develop a research capability in Gaelic language
development for the benefit of the Highlands & Islands and beyond
To develop a national network, bringing in new researchers, linking
with international research and influencing policy.
Five PhD scholarships, including one at the Department of Celtic and
Gaelic, University of Glasgow, will be awarded in 2010 in terms of the
criteria set out below. The Glasgow scholarship will cover the UK/EU
rate of tuition fees and an annual stipend. The stipend is in line
with the figure set by the Research Councils (£13,489 in 2010-11). All
international students who apply for the scholarship must be able to
demonstrate the availability of funds to meet the full overseas
tuition fee.

Funding will extend for four years. Students may apply on a 1+3 or 3+1
basis, i.e. a Research Master’s followed by a three-year PhD, or a
three-year PhD followed by one year of postdoctoral study. Students
choosing the 1+3 option will only be permitted to progress to the PhD
if performance on the Research Master’s is satisfactory.

Full-time applications are preferred but anyone wishing to apply on a
part-time basis should contact Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh
(rom at celtic.arts.gla.ac.uk; +44(0)141-330 6327) in the first instance.

Applications are encouraged in relation to the following three research topics:

1. Language usage patterns and language ideologies among
Gaelic-speaking families and communities, e.g. the language attitudes
and motivations which prompt parents to not/use Gaelic in
2. The intergenerational transmission of Gaelic: correlations between
language input and output, and attitudes to language
3. Language usage, competence and attitudes among adults who received
Gaelic-medium education.

Applicants may also propose a different research topic but this must
fit clearly within the parameters of the Soillse initiative and its
overarching research themes: Gaelic as a family and community
language; Gaelic language use; Gaelic identity and self-confidence;
Gaelic in education; and policies for Gaelic.

Applicants should be able to speak, read and write Gaelic. Applicants
who do not currently have all of these skills will be expected to
develop competence in Gaelic such that they can conduct and present
academic research through the medium of Gaelic. Appropriate language
training will be provided.

Informal enquiries about the award and the application procedure can
be made to Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh (rom at celtic.arts.gla.ac.uk;
+44(0)141-330 6327).

Application Procedure:
Applicants must apply for (a) the scholarship and (b) postgraduate
study at the University of Glasgow.

To apply for the scholarship, candidates should submit hard copies of
the following:

a CV including education and grades achieved to date
a personal statement outlining why you believe you should be
considered for the scholarship, highlighting your interest and ability
in the field of Gaelic sociolinguistics broadly defined
a research proposal in line with the criteria described above (c.
500–1,000 words, not including bibliography)
Please send completed scholarship applications to Professor Roibeard Ó
Maolalaigh, Department of Celtic and Gaelic, University of Glasgow, 3
University Gardens, Glasgow G12 8QQ.
Completed scholarship applications must be received no later than 28 May 2010.

An application for postgraduate study must also be submitted to the
University of Glasgow by 28 May 2010. This application must be
accompanied by two academic references, which will also be used in
relation to the scholarship; the research proposal used for the
scholarship application; and a recent sample of your academic writing.


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