The School of English and Languages at the University of Surrey invites applications from excellent candidates for PhD studentships covering Home/EU fees and maintenance for October 2017 entry.
Studentship schemes for October 2017 entry:
• AHRC TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership studentships: As a member of the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Surrey invites applications for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships (stipend and fee waiver). Overseas students are not eligible for TECHNE Scholarships, and EU students from outside the UK are eligible for fees but not maintenance. All applications for this AHRC studentship scheme will also be considered for the internal studentships.
• ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership studentships: As a member of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Surrey invites applications for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships (stipend and fee waiver). Overseas students are not eligible for SeNSS Scholarships, and EU students from outside the UK are eligible for fees but not maintenance. All applications for this ESRC studentship scheme will also be considered for the internal studentships.
• Internal studentships: these university-funded studentships are available for top-quality Home/EU or Overseas students, covering full tuition fees (including international fees) and maintenance at current research-council rates for a full-time PhD.
• PhD Linguistics
The School of English and Languages carries out fresh, innovative, world-leading research in a range of areas of theoretical and applied linguistics. We provide a network of research links and support for your professional or academic career and a collegial environment in which to pursue your studies. In addition to meetings with two supervisors, you will have access to a range of services to support and develop your writing and research skills, including the University's Researcher Development programme.
As well as being a student in the School, we will support your contribution to larger initiatives such as the University's Postgraduate Conference. We will also encourage you to develop your critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills, with support available to attend conferences and make essential research trips.
Theoretical, Descriptive and Typological Linguistics
Postgraduates studying Theoretical, Descriptive and Typological Linguistics benefit from membership of a community of researchers in the Surrey Morphology Group (SMG), a world-renowned linguistic research centre dedicated to the typological, theoretical and descriptive analysis of grammatical systems.
Key research areas include:
• Descriptive and theoretical morphology
• Linguistic typology
• Field linguistics and language documentation
• Categorisation in language and cognition
The research environment in Applied Linguistics provides postgraduate students with the skills and opportunities to explore how linguistic research can be applied in commercial and non-commercial settings, through examination of communication in contemporary communicative contexts resulting from globalisation and new technologies. The QS World University Rankings by Subject has put Surrey among the world's top 200 institutions for academic work in communication and media.
Key research areas include:
• Intercultural communication in commercial and non-commercial settings
• Intercultural and interlanguage pragmatics
• Face management and (im)politeness
• Language ideologies and practices in transnational arenas
• Ethnolinguistic minorities
• Corpora and language learning
• Corpus-based lexicography
A good first degree (a minimum 2.1 or equivalent) and an MA in linguistics or a relevant topic.
Non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 7.0 in the Writing component.
Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, are subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.
How to Apply for a Studentship:
1) To be considered for a studentship, you first need to apply for a PhD at the University of Surrey: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/linguistics-phd
2) The latest you can apply, and be considered for a studentship, is midnight 18 December 2016.
3) Invited for interview.
4) If accepted, you will be invited to complete a TECHNE or SeNSS application by 16 January 2017.
For full programme information and information on how to apply, please email:
Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.