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ESRC Wales DTP PhD Language and Communication Research

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Key facts

Application deadline 1 February 2019
Start date 1 October 2019 (PhD) 30 September 2018 (1+3 Pathway)
Duration 3-4 years
Funding body ESRC
Level of study Postgraduate taught; Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships Three

The Centre for Language and Communication Research, within the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP studentship, available to start in October 2019.

All awards are available either on a full-time or part-time basis. All awards are available either as straight entry to the PhD or as a one year MA in Language and Communication Research with progression to the PhD if eligible.

The School

The Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) is part of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, a large multi-disciplinary school which has a dynamic and highly successful research culture.

Currently there are 147 registered postgraduate research students in the School. CLCR is one of the foremost international departments for research, research training and teaching in social, applied and interactional areas of human communication, digital and non-digital media, language and linguistics.

The Centre carries excellent ratings for its research from the most recent Research Excellence Framework. It was part of a unit of assessment which was ranked 10th in the UK. Furthermore 87% of submitted outputs was classified as either (4*) (world-leading or (3*) (internationally excellent).

Training

In CLCR most training is incorporated in the programme of Research Training Modules which constitute the MA/Diploma in Language and Communication. PhD students in the Centre also receive professional training and development throughout the three years of their doctoral programme via the Doctoral Academy.

There is also a full programme of seminars and workshops for PhD students which run alongside their individual research work with their supervisors.

Background

The very high quality of the environment and of our research training provision in CLCR means that we are part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and can offer ESRC-funded awards. In pursuing your postgraduate research at the Centre you will become an important part of this excellent research environment.

Supervisors

To find out further information about the supervisors available, please visit our Centre for Language and Communication Research.

Contact

Sara Pons Sanz

Dr Sara Pons-Sanz

Senior Lecturer

Email:
pons-sanzs@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6128

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered In the course of their PhD candidacy, postgraduate research students may apply for additional funding up to £1250 over a period of three consecutive years (full-time) or five consecutive years (part-time), with an annual maximum of £600. The ESRC award includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), though an element of this latter fund may be ‘pooled’ and require separate applications from 2019 onwards. There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants. PhD students also have access to a Research, Innovation, Workshop and Network Fund to support professional development and employability; to encourage emerging group/networking initiatives or organising workshops and symposia that align with the research profile of the School.

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

Applicants from the United Kingdom will normally be expected to have at least a strong upper second class degree in English Language or a related area and, if applying direct to the PhD a relevant Masters-level qualification with marks in the high merit range.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language will be required to have English language proficiency at IELTS 7.5 level with a minimum of 7.0 in each sub score for entry onto the PhD, and an overall score of 7.0 level with a minimum of 6.5 in each sub score for entry onto the 1+3 programme.

Further information is available for English Language requirements.

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least three years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.

Contact

Sara Pons Sanz

Dr Sara Pons-Sanz

Senior Lecturer

Email:
pons-sanzs@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6128

You will need to make your application via the Cardiff University direct application service for either the MA Language and Communication Research with Progression to the three Year PhD programme or to the PhD in Language and Communication Research.  Please indicate in the funding section of the application form that you are applying for ESRC funding.

The application must contain the following supporting documents:

1. Covering letter: Please address to Dr Sara M. Pons-Sanz. The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff, and the Linguistics pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly of those relating to your proposed research. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please also specify which pathway you will be applying to and whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.

2. Academic / Professional Qualifications: Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.5 IELTS minimum overall with at least 7.0 in each sub-score).

3. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support.

Candidates must approach referees themselves and include references with their application.

4. Curriculum Vitae: It should be no longer than two pages.

5. Research Proposal: The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:

  • title, aims and purpose of the research
  • brief overview of the academic literature relevant to your field
  • proposed design/methods
  • academic contributions of your research
  • bibliographic references.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Contact

Sara Pons Sanz

Dr Sara Pons-Sanz

Senior Lecturer

Email:
pons-sanzs@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6128

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