LINGUIST List 27.1858

Thu Apr 21 2016

Support: Multilingualism / United Kingdom

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 21-Apr-2016
From: Wendy Ayres-Bennett <>
Subject: Multilingualism, PhD, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Department: Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Cambridge

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas:


A number of PhD studentships are available as part of the 'Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies' project (MEITS), funded by the AHRC under the Open World Research Initiative. The project is led by Cambridge (PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett), with partners in Queen's Belfast, Nottingham and Edinburgh. For details see:

Three fully-funded 3-year PhD studentships are available at the University of Cambridge in conjunction with the research project 'Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS)', funded by the AHRC under the Open World Research Initiative to promote modern languages in the UK. The project is led by the University of Cambridge (PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett), and comprises a team of 13 other Co-Is, 14 Post-doctoral researchers and 6 PhD students who will be based at the University of Cambridge and at the three partner universities, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Queen's Belfast.

MEITS is an exciting multidisciplinary project, which includes 6 research strands which will explore multilingualism from a range of perspectives. We are seeking to recruit three PhD candidates who will work respectively on Stand 1: Arts of identity: literature, cinema, culture and citizenship in a globalizing Europe; S4. The influence of multilingual identity on foreign language learning; and S6: Multilingualism and cognition: implications for motivation, health and well-being. The project has a number of key non-HEI partners and there is an important policy and public engagement dimension to the work. We expect candidates for the studentships to be open to exploring and developing new interdisciplinary approaches and, if necessary, to learn a new language. Further details of each of the research projects are given in the Further Information document available on the University of Cambridge Job Opportunities page.

The studentships will start in October 2016. Funding will cover the University Composition Fee and an annual stipend for three years to RCUK minimum level (2016/17: £14,296); due to funding restrictions, the studentship/project is only available to those who are either UK or EU nationals. For further information about the studentships, please contact the proposed supervisor(s) listed below. Further information about the project can be obtained from Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett (

Applicants for each of the studentships should have:

- A First or Upper-Second (2.i) class first degree in the relevant discipline;
- (Or be expected to achieve) a distinction in a relevant Masters programme;
- Excellent communication and organisational skills and the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary research team;
- The standing needed to meet the graduate admissions entrance requirements of the University of Cambridge.

To apply for these positions, please do not apply online through Graduate Admissions. Instead, please complete a GRADSAF 2016/17 paper application form (available at and email this, along with your CV and a supporting statement to

The deadline for applications is 12:00 midnight (BST) on Sunday 24 April 2016. The GRADSAF and all supporting documents (i.e. references; transcripts) must be received by this deadline, as must your CV and supporting statement.

Interviews will be held during the first two weeks of May 2016 at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Cambridge.

Please quote reference GZ08738 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Applications Deadline: 24-Apr-2016

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Prof Wendy Ayres-Bennett

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