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Tue Mar 01 2011

Jobs: Syntax: PhD Positions (5), University of Cambridge

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        1.     Ian Roberts , Syntax: PhD Positions (5), University of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Message 1: Syntax: PhD Positions (5), University of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Date: 26-Feb-2011
From: Ian Roberts <igr20cam.ac.uk>
Subject: Syntax: PhD Positions (5), University of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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University or Organization: University of Cambridge
Department: Linguistics Department
Job Location: Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Web Address: http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/ling/
Job Rank: PhD Positions (5)

Specialty Areas: Syntax


PhD studentships in Comparative Syntax - University of Cambridge

Applications are invited for 5 PhD studentships covering the period 1
October 2011 to 30 September 2014, working under the general supervision of
Prof. Ian Roberts in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (although
each student will in fact be assigned a 4-member PhD committee). This award
has become available as a result of an ERC Advanced Grant, "Rethinking
Comparative Syntax". Successful applicants are expected to begin PhD study
on 1 October 2011 and will receive a student stipend sufficient to meet the
fees and maintenance requirements.

Qualification requirements
Candidates should hold or be in the process of obtaining a Master's degree
(or equivalent) in Linguistics, with a specialisation in Syntax, and have
attained or expect to attain a mark of distinction. Demonstrable interest
in one or more specific topics in comparative syntactic research over and
above what is set out in the individual research proposal, and/or a good
knowledge of some language(s) other than English, as well as excellent
writing skills in English, are desirable. Eligible candidates must submit
an advanced proposal of research (not exceeding 1000 words) relevant to the
"Rethinking Comparative Syntax" project. In particular, in relation to that
project, they should indicate which of its 5 main empirical areas of
research they would prefer to carry out doctoral work on. The project
application is available at

Closing date
31st March 2011

Application details
- Applications should be made simultaneously to:
(a) the Board of Graduate Studies (on-line - see:
http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/prospec/apply/applynow/) and
(b) the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (on paper)
by the closing date. Details of how to apply and which documents to submit
are listed on the Faculty webpages (see:

When sending the application to the Faculty and to the Board of Graduate
Studies, it is important that applicants mark the envelope and top right
corner of the application form "ERC" and indicate on the application form
that the start date is 1 October 2011. In the Research Statement,
candidates should outline their original research proposal and explain how
it will fit the Project, "Rethinking Comparative Syntax" (see project
proposal at http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/jobs/RA_ling_proposal.pdf). This
proposal should not exceed 1000 words. Applicants should specify Prof. Ian
Roberts as supervisor on their application forms and are encouraged to
contact Prof. Roberts (igr20cam.ac.uk) to discuss the ERC project,
Cambridge College selection, and their applications. Applicants should
also email the MML Graduate Office (mml-graduate-studieslists.cam.ac.uk),
indicating that they have sent an application to the Faculty to be
considered for these awards.

- Applicants with dual nationalities, please see
http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/funding/costs/status.html for
eligibility criteria.
- Applicants requiring a visa to study at Cambridge, please see

Application Deadline: 30-Mar-2011
Mailing Address for Applications:
Ms Louise Balshaw
Faculty of Modern and Medieval Studies
Raised Faculty Building
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 9DA
United Kingdom
Email Address for Applications: lb358cam.ac.uk
Web Address for Applications: http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/jobs/phd_linguistics.pdf
Contact Information:
Prof. Ian Roberts
Email: igr20cam.ac.uk

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