LINGUIST List 26.5494

Thu Dec 10 2015

Support: Cognitive Science; Ling & Literature / Germany

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 10-Dec-2015
From: Alexander Bergs <>
Subject: Cognitive Science; Ling & Literature, PhD, Universität Osnabrück, Germany
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Department: English and American Studies
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Universität Osnabrück

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Ling & Literature


The Research Cluster on Cognition and Poetics at Osnabrück University invites applications for one (1) three-year scholarship for a PhD student working in the general field of Cognition and Poetics, starting as early as April 2016.

The grant is funded by the Anneliese-Maier Research Award presented to Professor Mark Turner by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and is intended to support a PhD student in successfully developing an innovative and interdisciplinary research project in “Cognition and Poetics”.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The scholarship holder is expected to develop an innovative and interdisciplinary research project within the Osnabrück Research Cluster “Cognition and Poetics”.

Research in this Cluster typically seeks to understand how the production and reception of phenomena in linguistics, literature, art, music, and culture interact with the biological processes and socio-cultural protocols of embodied, distributed cognition. The overarching goal is to produce better-grounded, finer-grained, and less figurative explanations of distinctive effects in the individual forms of art.

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee from Linguistics, Literature/Culture and Cognitive Science. Selection criteria include the candidate’s academic preparation and accomplishments to date, academic promise and originality of the project as well as its fit within the Research Cluster focus. Shortlisted applicants may be invited for an interview via Skype.

If accepted, the scholarship holder is expected to take up residence in Osnabrück and enroll in the PhD Program of the Department of Literature and Linguistics. The scholarship holder will participate in the activities of the Research Cluster, including academic courses on specialized topics in linguistics, literature, and cognitive science and related disciplines. The Cluster also hosts research visits of internationally known researchers from various fields and regular PhD meetings.

The scholarship holder can also benefit from courses offered by the Osnabrück Centre for PhD Studies (ZePrOs), which focus on soft skills (e.g. time management, project management) and expert technical competences (e.g. presentation skills, statistics). In addition, the Research Cluster also supports participation in summer schools, conferences and visits to international partner institutions.

For a total of up to 36 months, scholarship holders will receive a grant of 1300 EUR per month, plus supplementary family and child allowance, if applicable, and may apply on an occasional basis for a total of up to 4500 EUR in additional funding for travel costs and participation at international conferences.


The successful candidate is expected to hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Linguistics, Literature/Culture, or Cognitive Science and to have a research focus in the field of cognition and poetics, broadly construed, and ideally documented in earlier research activities, such as presentations or publications.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send their applications electronically, including:

- Their Master’s degree or equivalent (scan);
- A curriculum vitae (CV), including the names and email addresses of at least two senior scholars who are willing to provide letters of reference;
- A brief sketch of the planned dissertation project (no more than 1 page);
- A detailed prospectus for their dissertation project (no more than 5 pages);
- An accompanying letter outlining their motivation for applying at the Research Cluster.

Mailing Address for Applications:

Make sure that you include the keywords “Cognition and Poetics Scholarship” in your email subject header!

Applications Deadline: 15-Jan-2016

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Prof Alexander Bergs
        Neuer Graben 40
        Osnabrueck 49069

Contact Information:
        Prof. Alexander Bergs

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