Dublin City U Doctoral Research Scholarships (Ireland)

The School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS)
Dublin City University, Ireland

Doctoral Research Scholarships in Applied Linguistics and/or Translation Studies

SALIS is a multilingual, multicultural research-focused school with specialisms in Modern Languages, Applied Linguistics, Translation Studies, and Cultural and Intercultural Studies. Our research frequently crosses disciplinary and linguistic boundaries, and our scholarship is increasingly concerned with digital technologies, literacies, and practices in a variety of professional, academic and social contexts.

As part of our commitment to ensuring excellence in doctoral-level research, SALIS is pleased to offer a number of scholarships for full-time PhD students commencing at the end of September, 2017. Successful candidates will be paid a stipend of €16,000 per annum for up to four years, subject to satisfactory annual progression. Registration fees will also be paid.


Successful candidates will join the Applied Linguistics Group (ALG) and/or the Centre for Translation and Textual Studies (CTTS). We are particularly interested in receiving research proposals in the following areas:

  • Second Language Acquisition (SLA), Second Language Development (SLD);
  • Foreign language pedagogy, multilingual education;
  • Language policy;
  • Pragmatics and reception studies of multimodal interaction;
  • Computer-assisted language learning (incl. digital literacies, multimodality, CMC, data-driven language learning, HCI for language teaching/learning, etc.);
  • Translation pedagogy;
  • Translation Studies (translation in crisis, workplace-based research, translation technology, HCI, etc.);
  • Community interpreting.


Applicants must hold a relevant undergraduate degree at 2.1 or first-class honours level (or equivalent). Ideally, they should also hold a relevant Master’s qualification. Candidates who are currently completing a Master’s qualification are welcome to apply.

Candidates must also be capable of contributing to the delivery of modules in SALIS, particularly in the following areas: French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese or English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Application Procedure

Interested candidates must first agree a research proposal with a member of academic staff attached to ALG or CTTS. Information on academic staff in SALIS, their research interests and their contact email addresses can also be found here.

Before contacting a potential supervisor, you should ensure that your intended topic matches one or more of their interests. You should only apply for the scholarship if a faculty member from SALIS is supporting your application.

Candidates should then email their applications in a single pdf file to the SALIS School Office (salis.office@dcu.ie) putting SALIS PhD scholarships 2017-2018 in the subject line, no later than Friday 19 May, 2017, 17:00 (Irish time).

Applications should include the following:

  • A detailed CV including UG/PG awards, research projects, dissertations, and referees;
  • Copies of undergraduate and, where applicable, postgraduate transcripts;
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic referee;
  • A statement from the candidate, outlining reasons to pursue a PhD in SALIS, suitability of the candidate, etc. (appr. 1,000 words)
  • A research proposal (see below).

Research proposal

Your research proposal should be no more than 5,000 words long, and must include the name of a potential supervisor in SALIS, who must have already approved the proposal. The proposal should include:

  • A preliminary literature review to show your familiarity with the area and locate your work in the appropriate fields;
  • Clearly defined research questions;
  • A proposed methodology;
  • Indicative contribution of your research to knowledge.
  • A bibliography (not included in the word count)

After submitting your proposal

Your proposal will be assessed by a panel of senior academics from SALIS and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Shortlisted applicants may be invited to interview. If successful, you will be required to apply formally to DCU via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Note that applications submitted to PAC before approval by the School has been given, will not be considered.


Preliminary inquiries may be sent to Dr Ryoko Sasamoto, Director of Research in SALIS.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 17:00 (Irish Time) on Friday, 19th May, 2017.

Stockholm U PhD Studentship: Bilingualism (Sweden)

PHD Student in Bilingualism  at the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Stockholm University
Closing date: 18 April 2017.

The Centre for Research on Bilingualism provides a broad base of theoretical and practical research with the aim of increasing understanding and awareness of bilingualism. The Centre is a cross-linguistic and interdisciplinary unit within the Faculty of Humanities Language Sciences Section at Stockholm University. Research at the Centre forms a significant part of Stockholm University’s leading research area “Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition”.

Research areas include bilingualism and second language acquisition, multilingualism and diversity, bilingualism in the family, bilingual education, Swedish as a second language for children and adults, young people’s languages and language use in multilingual contexts, second and foreign language teaching, L1 attrition and reactivation in bilinguals, language maintenance and language shift, language ideology, language policy, and multilingualism and education in developing countries. In sum, the Centre’s research covers the sociolinguistic, pragmatic, structural, psycholinguistic, cognitive and neurolinguistic aspects of bilingualism. For more information, see: www.biling.su.se/english.

As a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities you have the opportunity to participate in the Faculty’s Doctoral School, which offers themes and courses characterised by interdisciplinarity and cooperation across subjects. The Doctoral School also gives you the chance to improve the quality of your education thanks to the interchange provided by the community of PhD students from other subjects and departments.

Project description
The Centre for Research on Bilingualism announces 1–2 places in the PhD program in Bilingualism. The Centre encourages applications in the areas of the Sociolinguistics of multilingualism and diversity and Psycho-/Neurolinguistics (including EEG or Eye-tracking).

Ariane de Rothschild Fellowships 2017

Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship 2017
Call for Applications

The AdR Fellowship represents a unique experience for entrepreneurs, social innovators and those who practice doing business while at the same time doing good, particularly (but not exclusively) from a Jewish and Muslim cultural background, who demonstrate a proven commitment towards inclusion and forging bridges to other communities while at the same time strengthening the sustainability of their organization/ enterprise or business. This is an amazing opportunity to spend one week at Windsor Castle’s, St. George’s House in the UK to network and work on your project with other entrepreneurs, all expenses paid from July 21st to July 29th 2017.

Deadline for applications: Sunday, April 16th 2017 (midnight EST New York)

GHI West Fellowship: History of Migration (California)

Binational Visiting Fellow Tandem Program in the History of Migration at GHI WEST in Berkeley

The German Historical Institute (GHI) is seeking applications for a Binational Visiting Fellow Tandem. The Fellowship program contributes to the creation of the new research network “Knowledge in Transit – Migrant’s Knowledge in Comparative Perspective” at the GHI’s branch office GHI WEST at the University of California, Berkeley.

A member institution of the Max Weber Foundation, the German Historical Institute Washington is a distinguished non-university affiliated historical research institute, conducting inter- and transdisciplinary research with a transatlantic focus. GHI WEST, which is located at UC Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies, will organize a series of programs and scholarly events aimed at facilitating cooperation and dialogue among North American and Germany researchers in the humanities and social sciences. GHI West’s research programs will focus on knowledge and migration in a broadly comparative perspective, addressing the experiences of many different migrant groups, transit lands, and receiving countries.

The GHI’s fellowship program promotes cutting-edge research in history and related disciplines and international exchange of scholars. For this purpose, the GHI in cooperation with the Institute of European Studies at UC Berkeley is now offering German and North American postdoctoral scholars the opportunity to develop a binational research tandem which links up two academics – one from Germany and one from North America – working on research in the field of history of migration. The projects should contain productive areas of overlap with the tandem partner either in their topics or in their conceptual frameworks. The new visiting fellow tandem program at GHI WEST presents an excellent opportunity for scholars from Germany and North America to develop their expertise by collaborating closely, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields. It is funded by the VolkswagenStiftung, one of Germany’s most important non-profit foundations.

The program is designed for postdoctoral historians from Germany and North America in the fields of history of migration preferably with an interest in the history of knowledge, and with an outstanding academic record. For German applicants, a good working knowledge of English is essential. In order to ensure successful collaboration, our preference is for applicants to already have identified their potential tandem partner. The GHI would also support candidates in finding potential Tandem partners. Preference will also be given to candidates doing original research for a new book project.

Starting in September 2017, the successful applicants will be in residence at GHI WEST at UC Berkeley for a nine-month fellowship roughly corresponding to the Berkeley academic year. They will be expected to conduct their research and fully participate in the academic life at GHI WEST. Most prominently, they are invited to participate in the annual Bucerius Lecture “Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives” and the attached Young Scholars Forum. Further, in collaboration with the permanent staff at GHI WEST, they will organize an exploration workshop for the currently developing research network “Knowledge in Transit”.

As affiliated researchers at GHI WEST, the fellows will have access to the UC Berkeley academic and social facilities (library, databases, email address, office space at the IES, etc.) and are offered the opportunity to make use of further resources in the greater Bay Area – including the Magnes Collection, the Hoover Institution Library and Archives in Stanford or the National Archives/ Pacific Region in San Bruno – while pursuing their research agendas.

Funding will be provided for a 9-month stay at GHI WEST/ UC Berkeley. The monthly stipend will be 3,500 Euro per month (or the equivalent in USD). In addition, fellowship recipients will receive reimbursement for their round-trip economy airfare. The GHI regrets that it is unable to provide accommodation for its fellows.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2017. To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV, a copy of the certificate of your most recently achieved qualification, a research project proposal (5 pages or 2,000 words max), and the names and contact details of two referees. While applicants may write in either English or German, we recommend that they use the language in which they are most proficient. We can accept applications in electronic form only. Please submit your documents in a single PDF file to: fellowships@ghi-dc.org

All candidates will be notified in early May 2017 of the result of their application. For more information, please contact: Bryan Hart (hart@ghi-dc.org).

Vienna School of International Studies Postdoc: International Relations (Austria)

Postdoctoral Fellow in International Relations
Vienna School of International Studies
Closes: 16th April 2017

The Vienna School of International Studies (Diplomatische Akademie Wien) is proposing the appointment of a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Relations for two years, from 25 September 2017. Geared towards promoting the professional development of the appointee, he/she will focus on his/her own research and do a limited amount of graduate teaching.

The successful candidate must hold – or have evidence of the imminent completion of – a doctorate in Political Science/International Relations. A record of research achievement at the international level, a strong agenda for future research and previous teaching experience – preferably at graduate level – are essential.

The Vienna School of International Studies is a professional school, specialized in the interdisciplinary training of graduate students, and an associate member of APSIA. The presence of international organizations in Vienna makes for excellent research opportunities, in particular for research dealing with global governance and multilateralism broadly defined.

Georgetown U Postdoctoral Fellowship: Chinese Scholar of Religious Studies

Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Fellowship for Chinese Scholar of Religious Studies

Georgetown University‘s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs in Washington, D.C., invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for the fall 2017 semester. Candidates should be based at a Chinese university or institute, engaged in research at the intersection of religion, society, and world affairs, and have a strong command of English. The 5-month fellowship (August-December 2017) is open with respect to academic discipline, and it carries a $20,000 stipend plus health insurance and travel allowance. The fellowship includes a 12 hour/week commitment to help develop Chinese-language resources for the Berkley Center and Georgetown websites.
Applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three references via email to berkleycenter@georgetown.edu by midnight on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Decisions will be made by late April 2017.

Newton International Fellowships (UK)

Newton International FellowshipsThe deadline for expressions of interest for the 2017-18 round is 22nd February 2017

All School of Advanced Study, University of London member institutes welcome proposals from suitably qualified applicants for the Newton International Fellowships scheme. These enable early-stage postdoctoral researchers from any country outside UK to work at UK research institutions with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations.

Applicants must have a PhD, or be in the final stages of their PhD, provided it will be completed by the start of the fellowship. Fellowships are tenable for up to two years. They include a subsistence award of up to £24,000 per year, up to £8,000 per year for research expenses and a one-off payment of up to £2,000 for relocation expenses. Further specifications are available on the British Academy (for humanities and social sciences) and the Royal Society (for natural sciences) websites.

Deadline: Wednesday, 22nd March 2017.

Process: Expressions of interest must be sent to the relevant institute director (CC research AT sas.ac.uk) by 22nd February 2017.

Once approved, the application process will be coordinated by the School research service.



U Canterbury Visiting Fellowship: Media & Communication (New Zealand)

Visiting Fellowship at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand

The University of Canterbury invites applications for its Media and Communication Visiting Fellowship during the second semester of 2017 (July-October). The fellow is expected to offer a number of research seminars to staff/students and meet graduate research students to provide general advice and feedback. The ideal candidate will be a senior or mid-career scholar.

The fellowship covers the cost of a return flight to New Zealand, accommodation and a per diem that should cover additional living costs for a four to six week period. The fellow is provided with an office in the department for conducting their own research, a computer and access to the university library. The fellowship should take place either during the periods 17 July to 25 August or 11 September to 20 October, with a minimum of 4 weeks and maximum of 6 weeks spent at the University of Canterbury over this period.

The Media and Communication department at the University of Canterbury is a research-led department with strengths in a number of areas. The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of “People Prepared to Make a Difference.”  The fellow will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich their professional and personal development.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to the Fellowship Committee atjournalism AT canterbury.ac.nz by 28 February 2017. A decision will be made regarding the fellow in early March 2017. Questions regarding the fellowship should be directed to Babak Bahador at babak.bahador AT canterbury.ac.nz.

PhD Studentship: UNAOC/Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations (UK)

PhD Studentship: United Nations Alliance of Civilisations/Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations
Coventry University – Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR)
Closes: 20th January 2017

As part of a continuing programme of expansion of research activity in the role that intercultural relations and dialogue plays in forging (or inhibiting) social solidarity, trust and peaceful relations in diverse and changing societies, Coventry University is offering two full-time PhD studentship to well-qualified individuals, to start in May 2017.

Coventry University is offering this studentship as part of our partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations www.unaoc.org. The UNAOC promotes intercultural and interfaith dialogue amongst nations and builds bridges and understanding between different cultures and people. It promotes the development of more inclusive societies, in which diversity is experienced as an asset. Proposals are invited for a PhD research project exploring an area consistent with and developmental from the UNAOC Vision and Mission Statements.

Vision Statement: Guided by the principles of the UN Charter, the report of its High-Level Group, and the priorities of the Secretary-General, the UN Alliance of Civilizations works toward a more peaceful, more socially inclusive world, by building mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious identities, and highlighting the will of the world’s majority to reject extremism and embrace diversity. UNAOC will seek to operate in situations where is can contribute to broader efforts to ameliorate identity based crises and promote culturally sensitive development policies.

Mission Statement: The High-level group described UNAOC as an entity that would assist in diminishing hostility and promoting harmony among the nations. The UN Secretary-General has described it as a soft power tool for bridging divides and promoting understanding between countries or identity groups, all with a view toward preventing conflict and promoting social cohesion. UNAOC pursues its objectives through a variety of activities:
• Contacts and dialogues with stakeholders (governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental)
• Development of targeted projects
• Advocacy, including direct public statements or appearances by the High Representative or UNAOC staff
• Interventions to defuse religious and cultural tensions by mobilizing third parties that can act as forces of moderation and understanding such as religious leaders, grassroots organizations, youth leaders and women leaders.

We welcome applications with proposals for a PhD research project that will provide new insights about the impact of UNAOC’s work. This includes the work with youth, media, non-state actors and in migration. We welcome proposals that are interdisciplinary and use innovative and participatory research methods. We are looking for proposals that challenge existing ideas and expand current thinking, offering original insights and approaches by undertaking significant and rigorous research and contribute to change within UNAOC and the context within which the research is based. It is standard practice for supervision teams to consist of three staff members. For further information about potential supervisors interests and expertise, visit the CTPSR.

The PhD studentship will be based within an appropriate Research Group in the Centre, and the PhD student will be expected to work 6 hours per week as a research assistant as and when the opportunity arises.

The full-time PhD studentships will cover UK/EU or overseas tuition fee equivalent, and an annual stipend for the duration of the studentship.

About the host Centre/Department: The Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations has over 60 full-time research staff supported by a team of professional support staff. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to our work that brings together creative thinking on concerns of trust, peacebuilding, peace and reconciliation and on the contemporary challenges of societal relationships in a diverse and connected world.  Our portfolio of excellent and impactful research seeks to change lives and enhance well-being. We convene and contribute to public debates, provide effective policy guidance at local, national, regional and global levels and generate international collaborative research through our global networks.

CTPSR’s Doctoral Programme: Our Doctoral Training Centre develops independent, trained, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas with real-world impact within a large, vibrant and international postgraduate community.

Candidate specification

Entry criteria for applicants to PHD (standard)
• a taught Masters degree in a relevant discipline, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 60% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark
• the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study.
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
In all cases the most recent and highest qualification attained will be that utilised for assessment purposes

Additional items for candidate specification
• a first or good upper second class undergraduate degree in a related social science or in the humanities and a strong interest in pursuing research in this field
• skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods

How to apply: Application form, full supporting documentation, and covering letter, plus a 2000-word proposal addressing the research theme

Duration of study: Full-Time – 3 years 6 months

Interview dates: 06 February 2017

PhD Studentship on Reframing in Mediation (Switzerland)

The Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics (IALS) of USI Università della Svizzera italiana invites applications for a PhD position (100%, 3 years). The PhD candidate will develop his or her dissertation within the project: “The inferential dynamics of reframing within dispute mediators’ argumentation”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. This dissertation will be supervised by Prof. Sara Greco.

The research project
The selected candidate will develop his or her dissertation in the framework of a research project directed by Prof. Sara Greco; this project proposes a novel interpretation of reframing as an argumentative competence of dispute mediators. The PhD candidate will be equally expected to substantially contribute to activities related to this research project, both at the scientific and at the organizational level. The project “The inferential dynamics of reframing within dispute mediators’ argumentation” is part of a broader stream of research concerning argumentation in dispute mediation that is carried out at the IALS. Within this project, regular interaction with professional mediators in Switzerland will be required.

Place of work
Lugano. Availability to travel to other parts of Switzerland and abroad (for purposes of collaboration and research) is required.

The IALS institute represents a lively research environment for a PhD student who specializes in argumentation. Interaction with several researchers specializing on argumentation in different contexts, as well as interdisciplinary interactions with colleagues inside and outside the Faculty is an asset for a PhD candidate who wants to work on argumentation in a specific communication field such as conflict resolution. The candidate will also take part in the activities of the Laboratory for the study of Argumentation in the Contexts of the Public Sphere (LACoPS).

• A Master (or equivalent title) in argumentation, communication, language sciences, social sciences, psychology, conflict studies, or related disciplines.
• High personal interest in the analysis of discourse and argumentation. Proven attitude for a fine-grained analysis of communicative interaction. Inclination towards the study of argumentation, discourse analysis, and the linguistic specificities of the discourse of conflict resolution.
• Interest for dispute mediation and other conflict resolution practices; nuanced understanding of the human and social value of conflict resolution.
• Fluency in English is necessary. Fluency in French is also strictly required, as the PhD candidate will conduct his or her research in collaboration with a board of experts, including academics and mediators, who are largely based in the French part of Switzerland. Knowledge of Italian will be considered an added value; in any case, it is expected that the selected candidate will learn to communicate in Italian during the PhD.
• Motivation to engage in the elaboration of a PhD dissertation. Ability to work in team and autonomy in scheduling research steps. Interest for teaching and availability to collaborate with colleagues (engage in scientific dialogue, listen and think critically) are required. The ability to establish good working relations with professional mediators will be considered an important asset.

Job description
The PhD candidate will participate in all phases of the research project. He or she will have the task of setting up a collection of data for his or her dissertation, while at the same time pursuing the goals of the project. Data collection will require interaction with professional mediators in Switzerland.

The PhD candidate will write a dissertation related to the research topic of the project. He or she will collaborate in the organization of scientific and dissemination activities related to the project. It is expected that he or she will regularly collaborate with researchers at the IALS as well as other scholars who are in the scientific board of the project.

The PhD candidate is also asked to present papers at scientific conferences, and produce publications for scientific journals.

Contract terms
The project is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the PhD student will be receiving a salary according to the SNF policies.

Starting date
1st March 2017 (at the earliest). However, the position will be kept open until a suitable candidate has been found.

Applications must include: a motivation letter, a complete CV, copies of university titles, an electronic version of a research work (Master thesis or other scientific publication). The latter must be accompanied by a short summary in English (1 page maximum). A support letter written by the Master thesis supervisor (or another Professor who knows the candidate well) is equally welcome.

Applications must be sent to Prof. Sara Greco in electronic format (sara.greco AT usi.ch). For any further information about this position, please contact her.

Deadline for applications
The deadline for applications is February 10, 2017; but applications will be received until the position is filled.