Ghent U PHD Support: Sociolinguistics (Belgium)

MULTIPLES (Research Centre for Multilingual Practices and Language Learning in Society) seeks to recruit a PhD candidate to work on a project titled “Language and employability. A sociolinguistic ethnography of the activation of migrant job seekers in Flanders”, financed by the Special Research Fund at Ghent University.

Project description
The research is situated in the domain of sociolinguistics. The project proposes an ethnographic analysis of the activation trajectories in which migrant job seekers are inserted in Flemish Belgium. The project’s goal is to acquire insight in the role of language in the different stages of these trajectories, focusing on the relation between small-scale interactional practices, policy requirements and public macro-discourses on integration, linguistic diversity and work. The project will analyze the implementation of language policies in daily institutional practice, the logics that underpin these policies, the ways in which counselors, teachers and job seekers negotiate these policies, and the eventual outcomes of these policies for the different actors involved. Data will be collected through conducting participant observation in the Flemish employment agency and its partner organizations, interviewing counselors, teachers and job seekers and collecting policy documents.

Your profile
–       master’s degree in linguistics, communication, anthropology or a related discipline, obtained with good grades before the start of the project
–       good social and communicative skills
–       capacity for independent research
–       willingness to carry out ethnographic fieldwork
–       excellent competence in Dutch
–       good academic skills in English

Your tasks
–       collecting and analyzing ethnographic data
–       preparing a PhD on the basis of the project
–       preparing individual and joint publications for national and international scientific journals
–       presenting research at national and international conferences

We offer: a 48-month PhD position at Ghent University (Research Centre MULTIPLES & Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication), starting 1 January 2017.

How to apply
Applicants must submit the following documents:
–       a motivation letter, curriculum vitae and copy of the master’s degree, merged into one PDF document
–       a piece of writing (e.g. a student paper) in English or in Dutch which demonstrates the applicant’s academic competences

Applications are to be sent by e-mail to prof. dr. Sarah Van Hoof (sarah.vanhoof[at]ugent.be). The deadline for application is 5 December 2016, 23:59 (CET).

More information
For inquiries, please contact Sarah Van Hoof (sarah.vanhoof[at]ugent.be).

PhD Research Project: 3 Faith Forum and Peace

PhD Research Project exploring the role and impact of 3 Faith Forum in fostering peaceful relations
Coventry University – Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations
Closes: 31st March 2016

PhD research project exploring the role and impact of 3 Faith Forum in fostering peaceful relations.
Full-Time – three years fixed term

The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) builds on the strong track record of scholars at the University on human security, peace studies and social relations. CTPSR brings together expertise from across the social sciences and humanities to drive progressive change and strengthen human security and resilience.

CTPSR is committed to achieving excellence through a stimulating multi-disciplinary research environment. Currently with 30 PhD students, CTPSR’s Doctoral Training Programme delivers a first year of quantitative and qualitative methods training, equipping research students to undertake primary research in year two. Throughout the three years our research students receive training covering academic writing, specialist analytical software and attendance at conferences, as well as two intensive summer schools.

Coventry University is offering one full-time PhD studentship to a well-qualified individual, to start in September 2016. The studentship will support our partnership with 3FF (Three Faiths Forum), one of the leading interfaith and intercultural organisations in the UK.

Proposals are invited for a PhD project exploring the role and impact of 3FF in fostering peaceful relations. We welcome proposals that will provide new insights about the difference 3FF’s work makes to the communities it works with, including young people, schools, universities, students, religious groups, members of Parliament, women and local communities. We welcome proposals that are interdisciplinary, innovative and use participatory research methods. Proposals should challenge existing ideas, expand current thinking and contribute to change within 3FF and the communities it works with.

The PhD studentship will be based within the Faith and Peaceful Relations Research Group, one of six research groups in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. The PhD student will work 6 hours per week as a Research Assistant within the research group. Students are supervised by three supervisors. For information about potential supervisors, visit the CTPSR website.

The studentship will cover UK/EU or overseas fee equivalence plus a bursary of £14057 per annum for three years.

Candidate specification:
• 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)
• 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 methods

Enquiries may be addressed to:
Dr Kristin Aune

Application information can be found in our how to apply section. Applicants are advised to read the following information (3FF information sheet) prior to submit a formal application.

UK/EU/International students with the required entry requirements

Application deadline date: 31 March 2016

 

PhD Studentship: Migration, Refugee & Global Curriculum (UK)

Migration, refugee and global curriculum in the 21st century: an interdisciplinary response at Key Stages 2 & 3
University of Sheffield – School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences
Closes: 6th March 2016

The School of Education is advertising a funded ESRC PhD White Rose Collaborative Studentship based at the University of Sheffield and Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY) and seeks to attract high quality applicants. In 2014, the School was ranked first for research impact, and fourth overall in Education in the UK. Ninety-four percent of our research was ranked 3* and 4*, making us the leading School of Education in the UK. The successful applicant will join a collaborative research environment that supports world-leading and internationally excellent research.

The aims of the PhD are to: a) investigate ‘Promoting British Values’ (PBV) policy and the global school curriculum in Humanities subjects at Key Stages 2 and 3 amongst recently arrived and established migrant students, their parents and teachers and b) conduct participatory research with students, parents and teachers to co-construct curriculum units for anti-racist global curriculum.

With changing patterns of global migration, the ethnic diversity of schools increases and intercultural relations become a pressing issue for teachers. Eurocentric perspectives dominate the English school curriculum (Lambert and Morgan, 2011; Harris, 2013; Winter, 2015) and whilst Gillborn illuminates institutional racism in schools (2008, 2015), recent ‘Promoting British Values’ (PBV) policy raises concerns about inciting Islamophobia (Richardson, 2015). This studentship investigates curriculum policy discourses of nationhood, national and global identity (Anderson, 1991) and the emergence of new ‘cultural hybridities’ (Bhabha, 1994) through Geography, History and Religious Education (RE)/Citizenship curricula in case study multi-ethnic schools.

A questionnaire survey will be administered to parents of KS2 and 3 students in a sample of multi-ethnic schools in 3 English Local Authorities (LA). The questionnaire will focus on parents’ views about global learning; perspectives on PBV policy and topic suggestions for curriculum development. Semi-structured focus group interviews will be conducted with KS2 and 3 students in three case study primary and two secondary schools. Interviews will be held with Humanities teachers and in a sample of case study classes, students, parents, teachers and PhD student will develop the curriculum.

The main collaborator is DECSY, with inputs from the Geographical (GA) and Historical Associations (HA).

Supervisors:
Principal supervisor: Dr Christine Winter, School of Education, University of Sheffield
Co-Supervisors: Dr Louise Waite, School of Geography, University of Leeds and Mr Rob Unwin, DECSY, Sheffield.

Enquiries:
Interested candidates should, in the first instance, contact Dr Christine Winter.

Entry requirements and eligibility criteria:
• White Rose DTC ESRC awards are only available to nationals from the UK and EU and are not open to applicants who are liable to pay academic fees at the international fee rate.
• Applicants must hold at least a UK upper second class honours degree or equivalent
• Applicants should hold or be eligible for DBS approval
• This project is suitable for a candidate with an academic background in Education; Cultural Geography; Cultural/Postcolonial Studies; Geography, History, Religious Studies or Citizenship, Language and Literacy Education. The following experience would be an advantage: a) PGCE and teaching experience in English primary/secondary school classrooms b) teaching experience with NGO/INGO educational programmes c) school curriculum development experience d) community-based third sector educational experience.
• The successful candidate would need to travel regularly to participating schools.
• UK applicants will be eligible for a full award (paying fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates). EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award.

How to apply.

Cancer Communication doctoral fellowship

Students completing their first or second years of doctoral coursework in departments or schools of communication, public health, or related fields are invited to apply to become a short-term Cancer Communication Doctoral Fellow. Students interested in organizational and team communication, patient-physician interaction and shared decision making, intercultural communication, leader-member exchange, message tailoring, dissemination and diffusion and implementation of effective practices, systems science, and social ecological models of behavior change are especially encouraged to apply.

Over a three-day immersion in Denver, fellows will learn about plausible topics that a fellow could later pursue for study in cancer communication research as it relates to healthcare organizations. The objective of this program is for fellows to consider cancer communication topics as they plan their dissertation research. This doctoral seminar is made possible with funding from the U.S. National Cancer Institute in an award to the Cancer Communication Research Center (http://www.crn-ccrc.org), an NCI-designated Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research.

Fellows will be paired with and learn from seminar faculty about professional, regulatory, organizational, team, and individual factors that affect communication in healthcare organizations. Seminar faculty will be healthcare providers, prevention specialists, information technology experts, operations leaders, and researchers in Kaiser Permanente, the largest nonprofit non-governmental healthcare system in the U.S. Fellows and faculty will interact one on one in half-day shadowing as faculty go about their work, in seminar, and during social times. The fellowship will pay travel-related costs of fellows including round trip flight to Denver, 3 nights hotel, and meals. Fellows will receive a $1000 honorarium for a brief paper describing a research opportunity from their paradigmatic perspective based on what they have learned.

Wednesday July 13th fellows and seminar staff convene for dinner, orientation to the seminar, and assignment of fellows to faculty. Thursday July 14th fellows are taken to their faculty colleague’s place of work, fellows accompany faculty to meetings, labs or clinics, offices, and any site visits that faculty have on their schedule for that morning, fellows ask questions throughout shadowing and have lunch with their faculty colleague, then fellows convene and with seminar staff leave as a group for field trip. A group dinner for fellows, staff, and faculty finishes the day. Friday July 15th fellows report-out and discuss in full-day seminar what they have learned about communication in healthcare systems and how that may apply to cancer communication research. Saturday July 16th fellows convene in morning seminar to discuss the fit of research paradigms to the realities of healthcare organizations, and depart for the airport.

Apply by sending (1) a cover letter of application with full contact information, (2) a letter of reference, (3) a one page statement of interest that identifies the applicant’s research interests and what they would hope to learn, and (4) a vita. Materials must be received by May 1, 2011. Applicants will be notified by May 15. Submit application materials to: sarah.madrid@kp.org.

Doctoral fellowship – Sweden

Visiting doctoral fellowships

The Media Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC) at Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden, is offering visiting doctoral fellowships in the field of media business and media economics for advanced doctoral students at other universities. Applications are invited from students to spend up to three months at the MMTC to work on their dissertations, exchange ideas and knowledge, and use the resources of the centre.

Applicants must be pursuing doctoral work in economics, management, accounting/finance, law or communications related to media economics, media management, or economic policy issues of media. Visiting doctoral fellows receive a housing and subsistence stipends and round trip travel to and from their home institutions.

The Media Management and Transformation Centre is Europe’s premier centre on media business studies and offers doctoral studies and research fellowships, provides research stipends to scholars studying relevant issues, and hosts conferences and workshops for researchers that are designed to improve knowledge and understanding of media business issues. Its mission is to develop knowledge about issues raised by the large-scale transformation of the media industries created by globalisation, consolidation and the creation of dominant firms, the proliferation of contemporary information and communication technologies, cross-media activities, fragmenting audiences, and changing revenue patterns. The centre is directed by Prof. Robert G. Picard and leading scholars worldwide on mass media economy.

Applicants should send:
A letter of intent explaining why you want to apply, what you expect to gain from the fellowship, and a one paragraph description of the research you will undertake.
A copy of your dissertation proposal
A letter of recommendation from your doctoral supervisor, which should include an indication of the relevance
of MMTC interests to your dissertation research
A curriculum vita and copies of attested documents (transcript,
diploma)
A copy of your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis
A personal description of yourself

Deadlines:
Autumn semester 2011 – by March 31, 2011

Send your application to:
Dr. Patrik Wikström, Research Manager
Media Management and Transformation Centre
Jönköping International Business School
P.O. Box 1026
SE-551 11 Jönköping
SWEDEN

For more information: patrik.wikstrom@ihh.hj.se