LINGUIST List 27.4550

Tue Nov 08 2016

Support: Spanish; Portuguese; Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Phonology; Dialectology / USA

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 07-Nov-2016
From: Albert Lloret <>
Subject: Spanish; Portuguese; Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Phonology; Dialectology: PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
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Department: Spanish and Portuguese
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Phonology
Required Language(s): Portuguese (por)
                            Spanish (spa)


Program descriptions:

Spanish and Portuguese studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers M.A. and Ph.D. programs. Our M.A. is geared towards recent graduates and professionals seeking to further their knowledge of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world. Our Ph.D. is aimed at students looking to become higher-education teachers and scholars; it has four tracks, offering the opportunity to specialize in:

- Hispanic linguistics.
- Iberian literatures and cultures.
- Latin American and Latina/o literatures and cultures.
- Lusophone literatures, cultures and linguistics.

Students can take courses in other departments, typically within the School of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Along with their M.A. or Ph.D. degree, students may obtain interdisciplinary graduate certificates that are offered in conjunction with other programs and departments at UMass. These certificates include Film Studies, Latin-American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, Advanced Feminist Studies, Cognitive Science, among others.

Last, UMass belongs to a university consortium known as the Five Colleges, which also includes Smith College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Amherst College. Our graduate students often take courses in the Five Colleges and enjoy the mentoring of their faculty.


Our doctoral students receive four years of funding support, if they hold an M.A. at the time when they enter the program, and five years, if they enter the program without an M.A. Extensions are granted upon availability. Doctoral students receive a full tuition waiver (about $28,000), medical insurance (about $3,500), and a stipend ($18,500) while they work as Teaching Associates. [N.B. These figures correspond to the 2016-2017 academic year].

Our Teaching Associates are in charge of teaching one course per semester in the Spanish, Portuguese, or Catalan languages. They have the opportunity to spend a year as visiting lecturers in one of our graduate exchange programs with the Universidad de Granada and the Universidad de Oviedo.

There are travel funds available to present academic work at conferences.

The Graduate School also offers research support in the form of, among other opportunities:

- Predissertation Research Grants
- Dissertation Research Grants
- Dissertation Fieldwork Grants


Applications Deadline: 01-Feb-2017

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Albert Lloret

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