U Westminster PhD Studentships (UK)

FellowshipsThe University of Westminster is now part of the Technē AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. The DTP has 57 full PhD studentships to give out each year over the next three years (beginning in Sept 2019) in the areas of the arts and humanities. The Westminster Forum for Languages and Linguistics would particularly welcome applications from prospective PhD candidates in their specialist areas in sociolinguistics and historical linguistics:

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

Stockholm U PHD Studentships (Sweden)

FellowshipsStockholm University is advertising for a fully funded PHD position in Bilingualism, at the Centre for Research on Bilingualismthe Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Stockholm University, Sweden. Closing date: 15 October 2018.

The Centre for Research on Bilingualism announces 1 place in the PhD program in Bilingualism, with a specialization toward the sociolinguistics of multilingualism and diversity. We welcome especially applications where the research proposal falls within the field of transnational multilingualism and is framed as a Linguistic Ethnography (although these are not requirements).

Other studentships available include Cinema Studies (“with a significant focus on turning points and alterations of media from various theoretical, historical and contemporary perspectives”), Fashion Studies (which may include “fashion practices and social identity”) and Linguistics (either Phonetics or Linguistic Typology).

U Oulu PHD Studentships (Finland): CA/Interaction

FellowshipsThree 4-year and salaried doctoral student positions in conversation analysis / interaction analysis open at the University of Oulu in the COACT (Complexity in (inter)action) research community. Deadline: May 31, 2018.

1. Doctoral student, Faculty of Humanities (Topic: The use of mobile devices in face-to-face interaction).

2. Doctoral student, English philology, Faculty of Humanities (Topic: Interaction in international crisis management).

3. Doctoral student, English philology, Faculty of Humanities (Topic: Linguistic and embodied features of interactional multitasking).

Loughborough U PHD Studentships (UK)

FellowshipsImproving the Health of Our Online Civic Culture: A New Centre for Doctoral Training at Loughborough University. Deadline: April 27, 2018.

Established in 2018 with a £300,000 award from Loughborough University’s Adventure Research Programme, the Online Civic Culture Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) applies cutting-edge concepts and methods from social science and information science to understand the role of social media in shaping our civic culture. Led by Professor Andrew Chadwick, it features a team of ten academic supervisors drawn from the disciplines of communication, information science, social psychology, and sociology. The CDT enables interdisciplinary teams of researchers and PhD students to work together on issues of misinformation, disinformation, and the rise of hate speech and incivility online. It develops evidence-based knowledge to mitigate the democratically-dysfunctional aspects of social media. At the same time, it identifies and promotes the positive civic engagement benefits of social media.

Across the world, we face fundamental questions about how the routine use of social media is reshaping the civic cultures of democracies. Central to the debate is whether the features of social media that enable citizens to express themselves, exchange opinions, coordinate with others, and rapidly circulate and recirculate messages also encourage the diffusion of false information, incivility, and hatred.

One of the 3 studentships seems particularly relevant to CID followers: 

The Cultivation of Hatred Online

Primary supervisor: Professor Andrew Chadwick.
Secondary supervisors: Professor Tom JacksonDr Karen LumsdenDr Cristian Tileagă.

This PhD will explore online discourse promoting misogynistic and/or racist hate speech. The research will address, for example, the rise of the so-called “alt-right” online and assess whether social media discourse cultivates deep emotional involvement from individuals and groups who promote such ideas. It will also consider the power and significance of oppositional responses, such as, for example, the #MeToo movement, Hope Not Hate, and Black Lives Matter. The project will explore the potential of methods and tools that use artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques that may be used to combat racism and/or misogyny.

King’s College London Post-graduate Studentships

FellowshipsA range of post-graduate studentships are available for 2018-19 entry at the Centre for Language Discourse & Communication at King’s College London, offering supervision in text, discourse, narrative & interaction analysis, pragmatics, linguistic ethnography, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, applied, educational, cognitive and corpus linguistics:

To apply, you should have excellent qualifications, as well as clear research idea if you are applying for a three year PhD award.  It is important to identify and contact a potential supervisor as soon as possible, referring to faculty webpages, and you also need to submit an ordinary admissions application.

U London PHD Studentships: Impact of Religion & Belief in Britain

FellowshipsPhD Studentships: Impact of Religion And Belief In Modern British LifeGoldsmiths, University of London, Deadline: July 14, 2017

The Faiths and Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London and William Temple Foundation are pleased to announce the creation of five full-time and fully funded Ph.D studentships to explore the role and impact of religion and belief in modern British life. William Temple was Archbishop of Canterbury in the early 1940s whose theological and political thought and national leadership were instrumental in the creation the post-war universal and comprehensive welfare state. Indeed the ‘welfare state’ was a phrase he coined.

Successful applicants will co-design and curate one public impact event each year (at Goldsmiths, University of London or elsewhere – as appropriate) highlighting their research methodologies and or findings, as well as contributing regular blogs and social media feeds for both FCSU and WT Foundation platforms.

Applications are invited from potential researchers in the following areas:

  • Faith-based social enterprise and its contribution to current debates and practices about the efficacy of the social enterprise model for economic and community/relational regeneration.
  • Non-religious forms of belonging and belief as generators of social capital and community resilience.
  • Progressive localism: Comparative partnerships between local authorities and faith sector and implications for both renewed democracy, inclusion and a performative apologetics.
  • Christian/faith based environmental movements in the UK and emerging critical theologies of the environment.
  • Women-curated spaces of Christian/Muslim dialogue and their impacts on both internal (religious) and external (social/civic/political) structures as well as methodologies of dialogue and cohesion.

Each PhD scholarship is for a total of £25,170 over three years to cover fees (£4,195 per annum) and maintenance (£4,195 per annum). This opportunity is open to home/EU applicants.

PHD Studentships & Research Fellow Linköping U (Sweden)

FellowshipsPhD student in Language and Culture within the research project ”Vocal Practices of Coordinating Human Action” in the Department of Culture and Communication (IKK), at the Graduate School of Language and Culture in Europe, Linköping University.

Research fellow in Language and Culture, within the project “Vocal Practices of Coordinating Human Action” for the duration of one year, with possible extension up to 4 years in total, formally based at the Department of Culture and Communication (IKK), Linköping University. The duties of the research fellow include fieldwork (video ethnography), transcription, analysis, and research output towards the goals of the project, with possible participation in PhD supervision.

Starting date 
By agreement (during the fall 2017).

PhD student in Language and Culture focused on the field literature, media and ecology. The position is linked both to the research group Literature, Media History and Information Cultures (LMI) and the research program The Seed Box. A Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory, and is formally placed at the Department of Culture and Communication (IKK), at the Graduate School of Language and Culture in Europe, Linköping University.

Stockholm U PhD Studentship: Bilingualism (Sweden)

FellowshipsPHD 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).

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Loughborough U PhD Studentship (UK)

Receptionist-led telephone triage in GP Practices: Communication barriers to patient access?
ESRC DTP Joint Studentship in the Midlands Graduate School
Loughborough University and University of Nottingham

The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), with the first intake of students to begin in October 2017. One of 14 such partnerships in the UK, the Midlands Graduate School is a collaboration between the University of Warwick, Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham. The Midlands Graduate School is now inviting applications for an ESRC Doctoral Joint Studentship between Loughborough University (where the student will be registered) and the University of Nottingham to commence in October 2017.

The project will investigate how receptionist-led triage happens in patients’ telephone calls to GP practices. The study will investigate a corpus of real-time recorded interaction between receptionists and analyse the data using conversation analysis. Analysis might focus on, for instance, what happens when receptionists ask patients to ‘give some idea of what the problem is’, in order to ‘triage’ their needs. Overall, the project will identify troubles that can emerge, as well as practices that work, in enabling patient access to GP services.

Application Process To be considered for this PhD, please complete the Joint Studentship application form available online here. Please include a CV along with two references and email all documents to Dr Bogdana Huma (b.huma AT lboro.ac.uk).

Application deadline is Friday, 17th February 2017

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP
Our ESRC studentships cover fees and maintenance stipend and extensive support for research training, as well as research activity support grants. Support is available only to successful applicants who fulfil eligibility criteria. Check your eligibility.

Informal enquiries about the research or the Department of Social Sciences prior to application can be directed to Professor Elizabeth Stokoe (e.h.stokoe AT lboro.ac.uk).

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