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LINGUIST List 21.1800

Tue Apr 13 2010

Support: Gaelic&Language Policy,Socioling: PhD Student, U. of Edinburgh,UK

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        1.    Wilson McLeod, Gaelic, Scottish & Language Policy, Sociolinguistics: PhD Student, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Message 1: Gaelic, Scottish & Language Policy, Sociolinguistics: PhD Student, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: 11-Apr-2010
From: Wilson McLeod <w.mcleoded.ac.uk>
Subject: Gaelic, Scottish & Language Policy, Sociolinguistics: PhD Student, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Institution/Organization: University of Edinburgh
Department: Celtic and Scottish Studies
Web Address: http://www.celtscot.ed.ac.uk

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Sociolinguistics
Language Policy
Required Language(s): Gaelic, Scottish (gla)


Soillse PhD Scholarship

Following a successful proposal to the Scottish Funding Council, Highlands &
Islands Enterprise and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Soillse initiative will promote an
enhanced research capacity to inform public policy concerning Gaelic in
Scotland. The initiative is supported by SFC's Strategic Research Development
Grant Horizon Fund scheme. Activities and outputs will build upon, collaborate
with, and transfer knowledge to existing efforts to maintain and revitalise
Gaelic language and culture.

Soillse involves a consortium consisting of the UHI Millennium Institute (in
particular, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig) and the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, and

The aims of Soillse are:

* To further develop a research capability in Gaelic language development
for the benefit of the Highlands & Islands and beyond
* To develop a national network, bringing in new researchers, linking with
international research and influencing policy

Five PhD scholarships, including one in Edinburgh, will be awarded in 2010 in
terms of the criteria set out below. The Edinburgh scholarship will cover the
UK/EU rate of tuition fees and an annual stipend. The stipend is in line with
the figure set by the Research Councils (£13,290 in 2010-11).

All international students who apply for the scholarship must be able to
demonstrate the availability of funds to meet the full overseas tuition fee.

Funding will extend for four years. Students may apply on a 1+3 or 3+1 basis,
i.e. a Master's by Research followed by a three-year PhD, or a three-year PhD
followed by one year of postdoctoral study. Students choosing the 1+3 option
will only be permitted to progress to the PhD if performance on the Master's by
Research is satisfactory.

Applications for either full- or part-time study will be accepted.

Applications are sought in relation to the following three research topics:

1. Language use, competence and attitudes among adults who received
Gaelic-medium education.
2. Strategies for promoting Gaelic language use and Gaelic fluency among
pre-school children.
3. Successful and unsuccessful practices by public bodies in relation to
staff Gaelic language capacity (recruitment and training).

Applicants may also propose a different research topic but this must fit clearly
within the parameters of the Soillse initiative and its overarching research
themes: Gaelic as a family and community language, Gaelic language use, Gaelic
identity and self-confidence, Gaelic in education, and policies for Gaelic.

Applicants should be able to speak, read and write Gaelic. Applicants who do not
currently have all these skills will be expected to develop competence in Gaelic
such that they can conduct and present academic research through the medium of
Gaelic. Appropriate language training will be provided.

Informal enquiries about the award and the application procedure can be made to
Dr. Wilson McLeod, w.mcleoded.ac.uk

Application Procedure

Candidates should complete an on-line scholarship application at:

Candidates should also apply for admission to the University using the on-line
application system. The references supplied for the admission application will
be used in relation to the scholarship.


Completed applications (including references) must be received by the University
no later than 21 April 2010.

Selection Procedure

A Selection Committee will meet at the end of April 2010 to select the
scholarship holder. The winner of the scholarship will be announced as soon as
possible thereafter.

Applications Deadline: 21-Apr-2010

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Dr. Wilson McLeod
        Celtic and Scottish Studies
        27 George Square
        Edinburgh Midlothian EH89LD
        United Kingdom

Web Address for Applications: http://www.scholarships.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/colleges/Soillse.htm

Contact Information:
        Dr. Wilson McLeod
        Phone:(44) (0)131 650 3623

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