From: Ramesh Krishnamurthy <r.krishnamurthyaston.ac.uk>
Subject: *URGENT* One PhD Studentship in Corpus Linguistics
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One PhD Studentship in Corpus Linguistics at Aston University, Birmingham, UK
Available: IMMEDIATELY, until 31st July 2009
The School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University is offering
a PhD Studentship in Corpus Linguistics. The School’s vibrant research
culture (Grade 5 rating in the last RAE) - and the rapidly expanding cohort
of full-time research students - provides a stimulating intellectual
The previous holder of this Studentship has obtained an Arts and Humanities
Research Council (AHRC) postgraduate doctoral award, hence we are able to
offer the remaining funds to another candidate, who will be similarly
supported in applying for an externally funded postgraduate doctoral award
to cover the rest of her/his PhD research beyond July 2009.
The successful candidate will be expected to start as soon as possible, to
make maximum use of the available funds.
Candidates should have a Masters degree in a relevant subject area, and a
condition of the award is that the candidate must be willing to work for up
to 6 hours per week on the Aston Corpus Network (ACORN) project. ACORN
(http://acorn.aston.ac.uk) currently contains over 200 million words of
texts in English, French, German, Spanish, and pedagogically-oriented
software and web interfaces for language teaching and learning and
The Studentship consists of maintenance at AHRC rates (£12,600 for 2007-8;
2008-9 rate not yet announced) until July 31st 2009, and the waiving of
University fees until July 31st 2009 at the EU rate (£3240 in 2007-8;
2008-9 fee of £3300 is awaiting approval). A non-EU student will have to
pay the difference (c. £5-6000 per year) between EU fees and non-EU fees
(£8,980 for 2007-8).
If you are not a native speaker of English, proof of English language
competence will be necessary, usually in the form of a Test Of English as a
Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System
(IELTS) test score. The minimum test scores are as follows:
TOEFL: 610 (paper-based) or 253 (computer-based) or 101/102 (Internet-based)
IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in writing, and 6.0 in speaking, listening and reading)
To apply, please download the application form from:
fill in the details, and email it to Ms Margarita Seresht
You will also need to send a CV, a 2-3000 word research proposal, and the
names of two academic referees.
To speed up the process, please ask your referees to send their references
immediately by email to Ms Seresht.
General information about applications is available in Sections 1 to 6 of:
Lecturer in English Studies, School of Languages and Social Sciences,
Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK
Tel: +44 (0)121-204-3812 ; Fax: +44 (0)121-204-3766 [Room NX08, 10th
Floor, North Wing of Main Building]
Director, ACORN (Aston Corpus Network project): http://acorn.aston.ac.uk/
Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
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