PhD Studentship at University of Aberswyth (Wales)

PhD studentship at Aberystwyth: Education, Indigenous Languages and Identity

This 3-year ESRC funded PhD studentship will examine the relationship between education, indigenous languages and identity among young people in two contrasting countries (one European, the other non-European).

The PhD candidate will be expected to undertake fieldwork in these two countries and there is funding to support this activity. The project will be supervised by Professor Rhys Jones (Geography and Earth Sciences) and Dr Elin Royles (International Politics) (both at Aberystwyth University). The studentship forms part of a larger ESRC project on civil society, which is examining the link between statutory and non-statutory education, indigenous languages and youth identity in Scotland and Wales.

As well as providing a broader comparative context for the project, the role of the studentship will be to assess whether there are any significant lessons that can be learnt from the international cases examined in the thesis for Wales and Scotland with regard to the potential role to be played by the statutory and non-statutory education sectors in shaping different kinds of civic and linguistic identity in Scotland and Wales.

Applicants must complete and submit a covering letter and CV; an Aberystwyth University PhD application form; a 1,000 word research proposal outlining: the research question(s) to be addressed; the case studies to be examined (countries, empirical themes to be addressed etc); the methods employed; the contribution that the PhD will make to the broader research project; academic references; academic transcripts (where applicable).

While the PhD studentship will be based at Aberystwyth University, the successful candidate will also be able to benefit from the input of the other members of the project team (Professor Lindsay Paterson and Dr Fiona O’Hanlon, both at Edinburgh University), as well as the research networks and broader support mechanisms provided by the ESRC-funded WISERD Civil Society Research Centre. For further information, click here.

Closing date: Friday 30th January 2016.

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