Postgraduate funding opportunities with LEL!

Posted on December 13, 2013 by


Our department is inviting applications from outstanding students for 2014-15 entry (start September 2014) for the following degree programmes:

  • PhD in English Language (3 years)
  • PhD in Linguistics (3 years)
  • 1+3 (MA + PhD) programme in Linguistics/English Language (4 years)

High-ranking applications will be eligible for a range of competitive scholarships. Summaries of the eligibility criteria for each award, submission dates and additional links are provided further below. Please click here for details of the application process and further information.

Our department is an international centre for Linguistics and English Language, with 20 full-time members of staff and approximately 30 Postgraduate Research students. It is unique in the UK and beyond in the breadth of subject areas and theoretical approaches represented by its members, many of whom are internationally renowned scholars in their specialisms. Areas of expertise include phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax (lexical-functional grammar, role and reference grammar, construction grammar, and minimalism), (formal) semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, dialectology, language contact, variational sociolinguistics, first language acquisition, field linguistics and language documentation, typology, and quantitative corpus-based approaches. In their research, members of the department combine the advancement of theoretical approaches with a strong concern for their empirical and methodological foundations. For more information about the research interests of individual members of staff and current postgraduate students, please visit our website. Note that we cannot normally supervise projects with a primary focus on second language teaching and learning.

PhD students in Linguistics and English Language are part of the diverse and dynamic postgraduate community in the new Graduate School of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, and an outstanding and collegial research environment in the department. Students enjoy access to excellent library and IT resources and training provision which also includes the possibility of accessing training and facilities at the partner institutions, Lancaster University and Liverpool University.

PhD Funding is available from the following sources – follow the links for further information:

The President’s Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Competition

  • Eligibility: students of all nationalities and research areas starting in September 2013.
  • Amount: The award covers tuition fees (home/EU or international, as appropriate) and the equivalent of the research council stipend (£13,726 in 2013-14).
  • Deadlines:
    • Apply for a place on the PhD programme by Friday 31 January 2014.
    • Apply for the PDS award by Friday 21 February 2014.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Competition
The University of Manchester is a member of the ESRC’s North West Doctoral Training College (DTC), which receives the largest number of ESRC PhD studentships in England.

  • Eligibility: UK and EU students intending to take a PhD degree (+3) or an MA followed by a PhD (1+3) in an area related to the Social Sciences (including some subfields of linguistics).
  • Amount: The award covers tuition fees and an annual maintenance stipend of £13,863 for UK residents and EU nationals who have lived in the UK for three years, and tuition fees only for EU residents.
  • Deadlines:
    • Apply for a place on the PhD programme by Friday 17 January 2014.
    • Apply for the ESRC award by Monday 3 February 2014.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Competition
The University of Manchester is a member of the AHRC-funded North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP).

  • Eligibility: UK and EU students intending to take a PhD degree (3 years) or an MA followed by a PhD (1+3) in an area of Arts and Humanities (including linguistics).
  • Amount: The award covers tuition fees and an annual maintenance stipend of £13,863 for UK residents and EU nationals who have lived in the UK for three years, and tuition fees only for EU residents.
  • Deadlines:
    • Apply for a place on the PhD programme by Friday 31 January 2014.
    • Apply for the AHRC award by 5pm on Friday 21 February 2014.
    • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 14th April 2014.

In addition to the above awards, the School offers a number of Graduate Scholarships. These School awards are open to both Home/EU and Overseas students, and often come with the opportunity to teach or assist in research-related activities. Additional information about the application process for these awards can be found here.

Informal inquiries about potential research topics and the academic side of the application process can be directed to the department’s Postgraduate Research Programme director, Prof Eva Schultze-Berndt (Eva.Schultze-Berndt at manchester.ac dot uk). For questions about the administrative side of the application process, please contact Phdsalc at manchester.ac dot uk.

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