[lg policy] PhD Studies in English Language and Linguistics at Lund University

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Tue Feb 17 05:43:29 UTC 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The Centre for Languages and Literature at Lund University is currently accepting applications for PhD students in English Language and Linguistics, among other areas.  The official announcement is available here:


The application deadline is 2 March 2015.

The area of specialization is open, which means that PhD topics related to English situated in sociolinguistics, sociology of language, language policy, educational linguistics, second language acquisition, discourse studies, linguistic ethnography, among others are possible.  Researchers in English at LU also have expertise in cognitive and generative approaches to linguistics.

For those not familiar with the Swedish system for doctoral study, there is more information here:


The above link also provides useful information about applying for PhD studies at Lund University, including the kinds of materials to submit.  In general, the strongest applicants are those who have previously completed a master’s thesis and who submit a well-developed doctoral research project proposal (1500 words not counting references).  The proposal, while concise, should be grounded in relevant literature, present clear research questions, include a thorough and concrete methodology, and have a clear plan and timeline for implementing the study.  It is also helpful to identify a particular doctoral supervisor with whom you would want to work.

Doctoral study is approximately 4 years, full-time.  It is fully funded and salaried as doctoral students are considered employees of the university.  The focus of work is mostly on research and the doctoral dissertation, with opportunities to teach available (but not required).

I highlight English Language and Linguistics here since it is the program with which I am affiliated.  Information about PhD openings in other programs at the Centre for Languages and Literature is available here:




Francis M. Hult, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Centre for Languages and Literature
Lund University

Web: http://www.sol.lu.se/en/sol/staff/FrancisHult/

Editor, Educational Linguistics book series

Co-editor, Contributions to the Sociology of Language book series
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