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Support Announcement:

Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Specific Language: English
Application Deadline: 01-Dec-2013
Supporting Institution: Heidelberg University
Department of English and Department of German
LL Issue: 24.4416
Posted: 06-Nov-2013
Support Description: The Europäisches Zentrum für Sprachwissenschaften (EZS) (, a joint cooperation between the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Germany) and the Institut für Deutsche Sprache in Mannheim (Germany) invites applications for two PhD fellowships in the Promotionskolleg “Sprachkritik als Gesellschaftskritik im europäischen Vergleich/Critique of Language as Critique of Society – a European Perspective”. The fellowships are available for a period of three years. Starting date is 1 January 2014.

Sprachkritk/Critique of Language means any form of critical comment on language usage, thus a form of evaluation of language through language. A critique of language is socially relevant in that it serves as a mirror of the linguistic and cultural self-conception of a society and language community. The thematic focus of the Promotionskolleg is to compare historical and contemporary language politics, language policies, language institutions that include the German, English, Italian and French language areas and communities of practice. The Promotionskolleg is part of the research project Europäische Sprachkritik Online (ESO)/European Critique of Language Online and broadly situated within the field of sociolinguistics.

The PhD fellowships will be situated in the following institutions of the Europäisches Zentrum für Sprachwissenschaften (EZS):
a) German department, Heidelberg (1 PhD fellowship)
b) English department, Heidelberg (1 PhD fellowship)

a) Excellent study records and a university degree above average which qualifies for a PhD application and shows a strong interest in linguistics as well as in dealing with the major topics and methodologies of the PhD programme.
b) Emphasis on the quality of the project description and on the academic and personal ability of the candidate to complete the dissertation in the given time frame.
c) Sound knowledge of linguistic methodologies; proof of prior research experience, e.g. work experience as research assistant, in MA-thesis, etc.
d) Excellent knowledge of German and English as well as computer literacy.
e) Demonstration of good cooperative skills and the ability to work in interdisciplinary partnerships.

We offer:
a) Fellowship of € 1200/month which lasts for three years (plus additional support for research costs).
b) A friendly and academically stimulating working environment and a structured graduate programme.

Applicants must submit the following documents with the electronic application (in one pdf-file):
a) Cover letter describing qualifications, academic goals and interest in the topic of the Promotionskolleg (maximum 2 pages).
b) CV including information about education, grades, related work and research experience.
c) A project description of maximum 5 pages written in English or German and outlining the research project (including research aims, criteria of analysis, method, data, theoretical focus, time-table).
d) Educational certificates.
e) Up to two letters of recommendation.

Applications should be sent in one (!) pdf-file to Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse at beatrix.busse Linguist List The deadline for submission is 1 December 2013.

The short-listed candidates will be called for an interview at Heidelberg University or we will arrange for on interview a Skype interview.

The University of Heidelberg is particularly interested in applications from female candidates and therefore strongly urges women to apply for these fellowships. Applications from disabled candidates will be given preference if the qualifications of these candidates are identical to those of non-disabled candidates.
Application Mailing Address: Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse Anglistisches Seminar, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg Kettengasse 12 Heidelberg Baden-Wuerttemberg 69117 Germany
Contact Information: Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse