LINGUIST List 28.3890

Thu Sep 21 2017

Support: English; General Linguistics: PhD, City University of Hong Kong

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 19-Sep-2017
From: Cecilia Chan <>
Subject: English; General Linguistics: PhD, City University of Hong Kong
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Department: Linguistics and Translation
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: City University of Hong Kong

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics

Required Language(s): English (eng)


Established in 2009 by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong's institutions.

The Department of Linguistics and Translation (, City University of Hong Kong is now inviting applications for the Scheme. The Department has an exemplary record of teaching excellence and is internationally recognized for its world-class research. The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) ranking for Linguistics of CityU rose from 47th in 2011 to 26th this year. CityU becomes the top-ranked university in Hong Kong in Linguistics. More than 20 faculty members conduct empirically based and theoretically informed research in the areas of theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, intelligent linguistics applications, corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, empirical linguistics, translation, interpretation, and translation studies.

Applicants who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in the Department, irrespective of their country of origin and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability or potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities. The minimum academic qualification for the research degree programs is a first-class honours degree (or the equivalent) or a CGPA over 85 (out of 100). Applicants whose first language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (internet-based); or an overall band score of 6.5 in IELTS, with a minimum of 6 for each of the sub-categories including Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. A research proposal setting out the aims, outlines, and methods of the proposed research should be submitted with the application. Shortlisted candidates will be invited by the Department for an admission interview (either face-to-face or via Skype).

Applicants are required to submit online applications both to the RGC and CityU. The application deadline is 1 December 2017 (12.00.00 GMT +8 hours). Online application forms and details of the Scheme can be found from the following websites:

- Research Grants Council website -
- City University of Hong Kong website –
- College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences website –

Each Fellowship recipient will receive a financial award in the amount of USD 105,320 for the 3-year PhD study. The financial award consists of CYC SGS Entrance Scholarship (which covers the tuition and on-campus hostel fees in the first year of research study), and a monthly stipend and a conference and research-related travel allowance. Students with outstanding academic progress in their later years of study may receive a Research Tuition Scholarship to cover their tuition fees.
Firm admission offer with regular postgraduate studentship will be given to selected CityU’s nominees, even if they are not awarded the Fellowship by the RGC. The admission offer will be confirmed by the University in January 2018.

The RGC will notify the successful applicants of the results in March 2018. Any questions, please contact the research degree programme leader, Dr Cecilia Chan:

Applications Deadline: 01-Dec-2017

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr Cecilia Chan
        Phone:852 34428792

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