Malmo U: PHD Studentship: International Migration & Ethnic Relations (Sweden)

“Studentships“Doctoral position in International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Department of Global Political Studies, Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden. Deadline: 7 September 2020.

Doctoral programme in International Migration and Ethnic relations (IMER)

Scholars within IMER study, among other subjects, the national, regional, international and global causes and effects of migration in both the society of origin and destination on a structural, institutional, collective, and individual level. IMER is an inherently multi- and interdisciplinary subject, in which for instance sociology, political science, cultural geography, anthropology, economic history, economics, social work, history, ethnology, religious studies, gender studies, and cultural studies are represented. The goal of the programme is to develop the knowledge and skills required for the doctoral student to conduct research independently and contribute to the development of knowledge within the chosen subject area. The doctoral programme comprises 240 higher education credits (equivalent to four years of full-time studies), of which 60 credits are from courses. It is completed when the doctoral student publicly defends his/her printed doctoral dissertation (180 credits).

Danube U Krems: PHD Studentships in Migration (Germany)

“Studentships“3 PHD Studentships in Migration-related topics, Faculty of Business and Globalization, Department for Migration and Globalization and Department for E-Governance, Danube University Krems, Germany. Deadline: 26 June 2020.

  • PhD Studentship in Global Governance of Forced Migration
  • PhD Studentship in International Migration and Mobility
  • PhD Studentship in Migration Modelling

    These studentships are part of the interdisciplinary research project “Smart Migration and Asylum Governance (SMAG)”, which aims to contribute to a better understanding of the governance of asylum and migration. This involves research aimed at a better understanding of the effects of migration and asylum policies on cross-border mobilities and mobility choices as well as research focusing on the dynamics of international cooperation in the context of forced displacement. SMAG research evaluates asylum and migration policy options in connection to other societal and political goals.

Lancaster U: PHD Scholarships (UK)

“Studentships“PhD Scholarships include all tuition fees and a contribution of £15,000 towards maintenance costs, starting October 2020, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Lancaster University. Deadline: 28 February 2020.

  1. Cultures of Creative Practice and Social Change (Department of Languages and Cultures)

    The Department of Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University has a significant cluster of researchers working in creative literary and cultural practices and in projects that foster new understandings of socio-cultural phenomena and their capacity to influence and promote social change. This dedicated PhD studentship provides the opportunity to pursue research into areas that build on these specialisms. Interested applicants should address one or more of the following areas of enquiry and work should be in one or more of the department’s major languages: Chinese, French, German, or Spanish

  2. Transnationalism, Mobility & Borders (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts)

    This PhD provides an exciting opportunity to participate in a rich exchange of intellectual perspectives relating to the Institute’s disciplines, while focussing on the research theme “Transnationalism, Mobility & Borders”. The PhD research will use practice-based and/or critical research on pressing contemporary issues such as migration and refugeeism, racism, xenophobia, violence and populist politics, postcolonialism and decolonization, globalization and inequality, transport, technology and mediation. The Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) incorporates Art, Design, Architecture, Film and Theatre. We are open to proposals for projects that are either broadly situated within any of the five disciplines or that cross disciplinary boundaries.

Ulster U PHD Studentships (Northern Ireland)

“Studentships“Funded PhD Opportunities, Ulster University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Deadline: February 7, 2020.

Opportunities include:

Discourse and Social Interaction
Linguistics
Multilingualism
Languages, Multiculturalism and Education
Language Policy and Planning in Post-Conflict Societies

among others.

Midlands Graduate School PHD Studentships (England)

“Studentships“ESRC PhD Studentships in the Social Sciences in the Midlands Graduate School. Deadline: 22 January 2020.

The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). One of 14 such partnerships in the UK, the Midlands Graduate School is a collaboration between Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, University of Nottingham and University of Warwick.

The Midlands Graduate School is looking to recruit top quality social science PhD students to commence study in October 2020 across a range of subjects and interdisciplinary training pathways. Our ESRC studentships – covering fees, a maintenance stipend (subject to eligibility), and support for innovative research training – provide exceptional opportunities for high-achieving and motivated individuals, including opportunities for collaboration.

A Masters degree is not a prerequisite for applying to the Midlands Graduate School DTP, and a number of our studentship awards are specifically ring-fenced for students applying for funding straight from an undergraduate degree. 

The MGS offers 17 different training pathways, including Applied Linguistics, Communication & Media, and Political Science & International Relations, among others.

U Bath PHD Studentship: Cultivating Open-Mindedness for Dialogue (England)

“Studentships“PhD Studentship in Psychology: Cultivating Open-Mindedness as a Method for Fostering Dialogue and Intellectual Curiosity, University of Bath, England. Deadline: 1 December 2019.

The University of Bath (Department of Psychology) is pleased to offer a PhD project starting in October 2020, supervised by Dr Gosia Goclowska and Professor Gregory Maio. This project is in competition for funding from the ESRC South-West Doctoral Training Partnership and our internal URSA funding scheme.

Open-mindedness is a desirable personality trait and one of the most appealing social values. Open-minded individuals are thought to be among the most tolerant, curious and creative people. For instance, open-minded personality traits have been associated with positive attitudes towards ethnic minorities, greater creativity, and being more receptive to ideas and norms from other cultures. However, despite a tremendous amount of knowledge about open-minded personality traits, scientific knowledge on how to foster greater open-mindedness is still lacking.

This project will look at various methods of increasing open-minded behaviour. Central to the project is the idea that open-mindedness is a dynamic and malleable state and that everyone can be open-minded (Gocłowska, Ritter, Elliot, & Baas, 2019). As an abstract social value open-mindedness can be understood (instantiated; Maio, Hahn, Frost, & Cheung, 2009) in many ways, for instance as non-defensiveness in the face of disagreements, intellectual curiosity, or the courage to take bold and risky decisions. Embracing these various instantiations of open-mindedness can, in turn, lead to a range of positive societal outcomes.

Drawing on personality research (Gocłowska et al., 2019) and on the psychology of social values (Maio, 2017), the aim of this PhD project will be to develop new methods of increasing open-minded behaviour. The developed methods will draw on the different ways in which people instantiate open-mindedness (e.g., as non-defensiveness, risk taking, curiosity).

Postdocs/PHD Scholarships: Migration & Democratic Diffusion (Spain)

Postdocs2 Postdoctoral positions in ERC funded project on Migration and Democratic Diffusion, to be based at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Application deadline: 24 June 2019.

Applications invited for 2 postdoctoral positions in the context of the ERC Consolidator project Migration and Democratic Diffusion: the Impact of Migration on Democratic Practices and Processes in Countries of Origin (MIGRADEMO), led by Eva Østergaard-Nielsen in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.  Start date: 15 September 2019. Will last up to 3 years.

“Studentships“Two PhD scholarships in ERC funded project on Migration and Democratic Diffusion, to be based at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Application deadline: 24 June 2019.

Applications also invited for two PhD scholarships in the context of the ERC Consolidator project Migration and Democratic Diffusion: the Impact of Migration on Democratic Practices and Processes in Countries of Origin, led by Eva Østergaard-Nielsen in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Start date: 15 September 2019. Will last up to 3 years.

 

Glasgow U MSc Applied Linguistics Scholarships

“Studentships“
Applied Linguistics Scholarships, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, UK. Deadline: 17 June 2019.

University of Glasgow is offering a number of scholarships exclusively for study on their new MSc in Applied Linguistics for academic years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. The awards are £10k forinternational students and £5k for UK/EU students.  All awards are for tuition fee discount, and do not completely cover the costs.

KU Leuven PHD Fellowship: Interactional Linguistics/CA (Belgium)

“Fellowships“
PhD Fellowship, Interactional Linguistics/Conversation Analysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Deadline: 31 May 2019.

A new research project funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) is looking for applicants for a fully funded four-year PhD fellowship in interactional linguistics/conversation analysis. The PhD fellowship is part of a larger collaborative project entitled “The first five words: Multilingual cities in Switzerland and Belgium and the grammar of language choice in public space”. The team heading the project is composed of Elwys De Stefani (KU Leuven) and Lorenza Mondada (University of Basel), as well as 4 PhD students. For the Flemish part of the project, the PhD fellows will be based at KU Leuven (Department of Linguistics).

This project studies how unacquainted persons spontaneously engage in interaction in multilingual cities in Belgium and Switzerland. The research will be based on video-recordings collected in various locations and address the following questions:

  • How can people engage in pro-social encounters without knowing in advance which language the other speaks? How do speakers decide, in the very first moments of the encounter, which language(s) they are going to use?

  • How do speakers orient to the multilingual setting in encounter openings? How do speakers align or disalign with a “basic code” proposed in the greeting?

  • Do urban public spaces represent “territories of multilingualism” in the speakers’ actual talk?

  • In public space, the beginning of an encounter emerges first of all through visible embodied behaviour; what is the relation between the organisation of visible embodied conduct and the politics of multilingualism?

The above questions are crucial for research on multilingualism, but also for contemporary societies in general. The project thus highlights the foundations of co-sociality, and the conditions for pro-social encounters between strangers (possibly speaking different languages).

U Westminster MPhil/PHD Studentships Linguistics (UK)

“Studentships“MPhil or PHD Studentships, School of Humanities, University of Westminster, London, UK. Deadline: 17 May 2019.

The School of Humanities at the University of Westminster is offering two studentships, including a fee waiver of home/EU fees* and stipend of £16,777 per annum for three years full-time study, to commence in either September 2019 or January 2020. The School of Humanities, based in the University’s historic Regent Street building, offers a vibrant, multidisciplinary research environment with a well-established PhD programme in, or across, a wide range of disciplines, including Contemporary Chinese Studies, English Language, English Literature, French and Francophone Studies, History, Linguistics, Museums and Heritage, Translation Studies, Visual Culture and Cultural Studies.

The Westminster Forum for Languages and Linguistics would particularly welcome applications from prospective PhD candidates in their specialist areas in sociolinguistics and historical linguistics:

  • Multilingualism including community/heritage languages
  • Migration, exile, language and spaces
  • Language contact including creole languages
  • Language and gender
  • Historical study of the English language

To discuss informally where your research idea might fit within these specialisms, or for queries about any aspect of the application process, please contact Dr Helen Glew.