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.

CFP Shared Histories: Media Connections Between Britain and Ireland (Dublin)

Shared Histories: Media Connections Between Britain and Ireland
A conference, to be held in Dublin, 6-7th July 2016.

The relationship between Ireland and the rest of the British Isles has a long and complex history. One key dimension has been the connections and interactions between the various media of communication – print and electronic – which have mediated this relationship. This conference seeks to address this important, but relatively neglected, topic at a timely moment in the history of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

The conference organisers want to take a long view as well as look in detail at particular moments. It therefore invites papers from the sixteenth century onwards, dealing with all forms of media (print, periodical, broadcasting, ephemera) as well as with structures of ownership, regulation, distribution and identity.

The conference will examine the different kinds of media interactions from the arrival of print to the emergence of broadcasting, under what conditions they operated and to what effect.  How did these interactions take place? What were the networks through which material flowed? What were the major developments in the content and reception of the media from the sixteenth century onwards? How helpful is it to think in terms of distinctive ‘national’ media traditions? In what sense, if any, are concepts such as centre and periphery of value in thinking about these relationships, or do they need revision? How has the development of relationships between the peoples of these islands been influence by shared histories of media exchange and interaction?

Proposals of up to 400 words stating the topic in relation to the conference theme should be sent to Steven Conlon  by 1 June 2015.

The conference is jointly organised by the School of Communications, Dublin City University, the Centre for Media History Aberystwyth University, Newspaper & Periodical History Forum of Ireland , and the journal Media History. For further details, please contact Mark O’Brien, Siân Nicholas, Jamie Medhurst, or Tom O’Malley.

CFP Irish regional press (Dublin)

Proposals are invited for papers to be presented at an upcoming interdisciplinary conference on the Irish regional press to be held at Dublin City University (DCU) on Friday 12 December 2014. The conference aims to address the historical and contemporary development of the regional press in the major urban centres and rural areas across Ireland. This conference is organised in association with the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland (NPHFI).

Papers might address, but are not limited to, the historical and contemporary consideration of the following themes in relation to the Irish regional press:
·         Biographies of reporters, editors or owners
·         History of individual newspapers
·         Corporate and business organisation
·         Political influence and / or affiliation
·         Professional networks
·         Sport
·         Gender
·         Technological and communication developments
·         The community and social role of the regional press
·         The Irish Language and the regional press
·         The urban-rural divide
·         Union organisation

Papers which address these themes, and others, from an historical or regional perspective, through case studies or quantitative and qualitative analysis are welcome. The conference is open to all disciplines. Early career researchers and postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to contribute.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words, for papers of twenty minutes, should be emailed to irishregionalpress@gmail.com by Friday 3 October 2014. Abstracts should clearly indicate the proposed title, the paper’s main aims, and the name and affiliation of the author(s ). Abstracts should be accompanied by a brief biography and contact details.

For further information or enquiries please contact either Ian Kenneally (ian.kenneally@gmail.com) or James O’Donnell (jamesthomasodonnell@gmail.com

). It is intended that the papers and discussion at this conference will contribute to an edited volume on the history of the Irish regional press to be published with a leading academic publishing house.

Study Abroad Dublin

The Media and Communication Department at Muhlenberg College is entering its second year of an exciting, media-focused study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland. A group of 15 to 20 Muhlenberg students majoring in Media or Film Studies travels with a faculty member, living on campus at Dublin City University (DCU). The students take two courses in the DCU School of Communications, a course with the Muhlenberg faculty member, and a guaranteed for-credit, media-related internship. Halfway through the semester, the students take a week-long “study trip” to London, complete with scheduled visits to the BBC, Guardian, Bloomberg, and Historic Royal Palaces. The program was designed for Muhlenberg students, but undergraduates with a background in media and communication are encouraged to email pooley@muhlenberg.edu to inquire about joining next spring’s Dublin semester.