department of linguistics | Scholarship for Nigerians and Africans

Three-Year Doctoral Fellowship in Linguistics, Germany

The candidates should be able to make contributions to the department’s areas of research.
The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology studies human diversity and human origins in a multidisciplinary perspective. The contribution of linguistics to this goal lies in the study of the history and prehistory of languages (and peoples) around the world (especially non-European languages), as well as the current diversity of human languages (linguistic fieldwork on little-described and endangered languages and language typology). The Department of Linguistics collaborates with the Department of Evolutionary Genetics and the Max Planck Research Group on Comparative Population Linguistics to compare the evidence from linguistics and genetics for the prehistory of human populations.
Doctoral fellows should already have an MA in Linguistics or an equivalent qualification by the start of their fellowship, and be either registered or qualified to register in a recognized doctoral program at a university or equivalent degree-awarding institution. Doctoral fellows have the possibility of obtaining their doctoral degree through the University of Leipzig .

Regular participation in the department’s talks, seminars and workshops is expected. Except for approved absences (e.g. fieldwork, conferences, vacation), the place of work is Leipzig. The fellowship is available from 01 October 2011, but a later starting date may be negotiated, no later, however, than 01 January 2012.
There are no teaching obligations, but the opportunity for teaching in the linguistics program of the University of Leipzig exists.

Scholarship Application Deadline:04 April 2011

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Linguistics HEARing CRC Scholarship, Australia: Human Sciences

A full time 3 year PhD scholarship is available in the Department of Linguistics in conjunction with the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre and its partner The Shepherd Centre. The PhD project will be undertaken as a component of the HEARing CRC’s overall Project on Approaches to Habilitation in Children. Supervision will be coordinated through Dr Elisabeth Harrison, Senior Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, at Macquarie University, who is internationally recognized for clinical research with young children who have communication disorders. The project will be undertaken with the support and close involvement of The Shepherd Centre.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 31 January 2011

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Doctoral Research Fellowship in Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo, Norway

The Faculty has approximately 130 Ph.D. students divided into seven departments and one center:
• Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History
• Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages
• Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas
• Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages
• Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies
• Department of Media and Communication
• Department of Musicology
• Centre for Ibsen Studies
The advertised positions are open for all research fields at the Faculty of Humanities. In the actual processing of the applications, however, strategic considerations may be applied in the selection process, such as imminent need for recruitment within certain disciplines or subjects. Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may also be given preference.
The person who is appointed will be enrolled in the Faculty’s organised researcher training. The academic study will terminate in a doctoral thesis which will be defended at the Faculty, leading to a Ph.D.-degree. The successful candidate is expected to contribute into a research group or network, and for a professional development in the environment.

The appointment is for a duration of 3 years. Any previous employment as a research fellow or appointment to another position will in whole or in part be deducted from the appointment time.

Qualifications and personal skills:
In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the quality of the project description and on the assumed academic and personal ability on the part of the candidates to complete the dissertation within the given time frame. The short-listed candidates may be called for an interview at the University of Oslo.

A Master degree or equivalent in an area relevant to the topic of the doctoral dissertation. The masters degree or equivalent has to be achieved by the time of application.

We offer:
• Pay grade 48-55 (NOK 383 900 – 433 400 per year), depending on qualifications
• Academically stimulating working environment
• Good pension benefits under the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund scheme
• Good welfare benefits

Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application:
• letter of application
• list of publications
• Curriculum Vitae including grades
• project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (maximum 5 pages, see Guidelines for project descriptions)
Applications that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.
See also Guidelines for pertaining to the application asessment process for doctoral research fellowships and About the doctoral degree/PhD at The faculty of Humanities.

Admission to the PhD  programme requires that faculty has the necessary supervision capacity.
The faculty has one PhD programme with seven PhD fields. The applicant must choose which field to be associated with. Selection of field determines which PhD committee will consider the application.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.
The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.