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Support Announcement:

Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Language Documentation Tangsa Languages
Specific Family: Sino-Tibetan
Application Deadline: 12-Sep-2015
Supporting Institution: La Trobe University
Centre for Research on Language Diversity
LL Issue: 25.3278
Posted: 15-Aug-2014
Support Description: Summary: A three-year PhD scholarship is now available through the Centre for
Research on Language Diversity at La Trobe University in connection with the
Australian Research Council-funded Future Fellowship project, 'A multifaceted
study of Tangsa - a network of linguistic varieties in North East India'.

This project has been underway since 2011, under the direction of Chief
Investigator and ARC Future Fellow, Dr Stephen Morey. It investigates the
complex linguistic diversity of the Tangsa languages, spoken on the India-Burma
border, and documents the traditional knowledge of those communities with a
particular emphasis on ritual texts and traditional songs. The recordings are being
archived for public access at the DoBeS archive and on-line dictionaries are being
produced for as many varieties as possible.

Duties and Responsibilities
The PhD student for this project would be working on the documentation and
description of one of the previously undescribed varieties of Tangsa, perhaps the
Moklum variety, spoken in the Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

The successful scholarship applicant will:
- hold a recent undergraduate degree and/or masters-level qualification, preferably
in the discipline of linguistics;
- present a research proposal complementary to the project.

Other Requirements
Applicants must have completed at least 4 years of tertiary education studies at a
very high level of achievement (i.e. first class honours degree or equivalent) at an
Australian university or recognized overseas university. The successful candidate
will be required to commence study between 1 January and 31 March 2015.

How to Apply
To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae and 300-word research proposal to
language.diversity Linguist List by the advertised closing date.
The successful applicant will also be required to fulfil the University's requirements
for making an application for research candidature. More information can be found
at website:

This opportunity is open to citizens of all countries, including Australia and New
Zealand. Applicants who have previously held an APA or LTUPRS for more than 3
months are not eligible to apply.

Closing date: 5:00pm, Friday 12 September 2014.

Scholarship amount is $25,392 per annum full-time (tax exempt); $12,696 per
annum part-time (taxable). Australian and New Zealand citizens enrolled in a
Higher Degree by Research will not pay tuition fees. International applicants may
be eligible for tuition fee scholarships in addition to this living allowance

Relocation and travel allowances will be available to the successful recipient, from
interstate or international location to Melbourne.
- relocation allowance (to Melbourne from another city): removal expenses of up to
$540 per adult and $280 per child to a maximum of $1,550;
- travel expenses (economy airfares maximum) for student, spouse and
- scholarship holders who apply from outside Australia will be reimbursed the
equivalent economy airfare from Perth to Melbourne (receipts and tickets must be
produced with claim.); note: the relocation allowance is payable only for removal
and travel expenses to Melbourne;
- thesis expenses allowance of up to $850 (eg. copy-editing).

For more information about this scholarship, please contact the Director of the
Centre for Research on Language Diversity, Associate Professor Adam Schembri
at a.schembri Linguist List or +61 3 9479 2887.
For more information on the related project, please contact Dr Stephen Morey at
s.morey Linguist List or +61 3 9479 6413.
Application Mailing Address: Stephen Morey
Centre for Research on Language Diversity
NR6 Building, La Trobe University
Bundoora Victoria 3086
Contact Information: Stephen Morey