LINGUIST List 28.738

Tue Feb 07 2017

Support: General Linguistics / Israel

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 06-Feb-2017
From: Luka Crnic <>
Subject: General Linguistics: PhD, Hebrew University, Israel
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Department: Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Hebrew University

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics


The joint PhD program in linguistics of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv University offers a unique opportunity to study linguistics with some of the top researchers in linguistics in a highly interactive setting. The program of study is structured and rigorous, consisting of formal coursework, attendance of intensive research workshops (in which the students’ work is discussed with other students and faculty), and preparation of a dissertation. The program has five tracks: Syntax, Semantics, Phonology, Computational Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, and Usage-Based Linguistics. The main goal of the program is to lead the admitted students to a successful career in research as well as teaching of linguistics.

In the first year of the program, the students take intensive courses in syntax, semantics, and phonology. After their first/second year, they then choose their track and coordinate their study plan with the heads of the respective track. An important component of the school is the annual Winter School, where several top researchers in different subfields of linguistics come and teach a one-week course: Winter School 2015 was on Exhaustivity (visiting faculty Leon Bergen, Raj Singh, Jesse Snedeker, and Benjamin Spector), Winter School 2016 was on Phonology (visiting faculty Frans Adriaans, Maria Gouskova, and Sharon Pepperkamp).

The students at the Hebrew University will be enrolled in the Linguistics Department,, and affiliated with the Language, Logic and Cognition Center,

Admission to the program is highly competitive and is accompanied by a generous funding package.

Application requirements:

The applicants must hold a BA (or equivalent) degree (or expect to obtain one before commencing their studies). They should also have a strong academic record and strong interest in research. Since the language of instruction is English, the applicants should be able to demonstrate good proficiency in English. Students with backgrounds other than linguistics may be admitted depending on their preparation and the strength of their application.

Application procedure:

Applicants will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee based on their past academic performance and their promise. Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

- a one-page Statement of Purpose, in which they describe their academic interests and goals (including possible research questions of interest to the student)
- official transcripts
- two letters of recommendation by faculty members who are familiar with the applicant’s work
The application should be sent in electronic form to The application deadline is March 15 2017. Upon receiving all the required documents; we will notify you of their receipt. It is possible that you will be requested to provide further documents.

Applications Deadline: 15-Mar-2017

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Idit Chen
        Hebrew University
        Mt. Scopus
        Jerusalem 91905

Contact Information:
        Idit Chen

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