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 <>
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:

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 anenhanced research capacity to inform public policy concerning Gaelic inScotland. The initiative is supported by SFC's Strategic Research DevelopmentGrant Horizon Fund scheme. Activities and outputs will build upon, collaboratewith, and transfer knowledge to existing efforts to maintain and revitaliseGaelic language and culture.

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

The aims of Soillse are:

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

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

All international students who apply for the scholarship must be able todemonstrate 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 PhDfollowed by one year of postdoctoral study. Students choosing the 1+3 optionwill only be permitted to progress to the PhD if performance on the Master's byResearch is satisfactory.

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

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

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

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

Applicants should be able to speak, read and write Gaelic. Applicants who do notcurrently have all these skills will be expected to develop competence in Gaelicsuch that they can conduct and present academic research through the medium ofGaelic. Appropriate language training will be provided.

Informal enquiries about the award and the application procedure can be made toDr. Wilson McLeod,

Application Procedure

Candidates should complete an on-line scholarship application at:

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

Completed applications (including references) must be received by the Universityno later than 21 April 2010.

Selection Procedure

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

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

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