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Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics [Other] Language Acquisition
Specific Language: Gaelic, Scottish
Application Deadline: 30-Apr-2012
Supporting Institution: University of Edinburgh
Celtic and Scottish Studies
LL Issue: 23.1807
Posted: 09-Apr-2012
Support Description: Soillse PhD Scholarship

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/postgraduate/uk-eu/humanities/literatures-languages-cultures/1.30940

The University of Edinburgh has one Soillse PhD Scholarship available for a
research project relating to Gaelic language acquisition and education in Scotland.

This doctoral project will investigate the choices and practices of parents of
young children (aged 0-5) concerning Gaelic language acquisition, in relation to
both exposure to the language in home and other informal settings and decisions
about pre-school and primary education. The research will seek to build a rich
understanding of the ideologies, discourses and tensions surrounding these
practices and choices. The study will involve both structured and non-structured
investigation and will require a significant period of residence in at least two
Gaelic communities, including one in the Western Isles.

Three other Soillse PhD scholarships will shortly be available at the
Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow and the Highlands and Islands. For details,
see www.soillse.ac.uk

Background

Following a successful proposal to the Scottish Funding Council, Highlands &
Islands Enterprise and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Soillse initiative will promote an
enhanced research capacity to inform public policy concerning Gaelic in Scotland.

Activities and outputs will build upon, collaborate with, and transfer knowledge
to existing efforts to maintain and revitalise Gaelic language and culture.
Soillse involves a consortium consisting of the Universities of Aberdeen,
Glasgow, and Edinburgh and the Highlands and Islands. The aims of Soillse are:

To further develop a research capability in Gaelic language development for the
benefit of the Highlands & Islands and beyond

To develop a national network, bringing in new researchers, linking with
international research and influencing policy.

Award

The scholarship will cover the UK/EU rate of tuition fees and an annual stipend.
The stipend is in line with the figure set by the Research Councils (£13,590 in
2012-13).

All international students who apply for the scholarship must be able to
demonstrate the availability of funds to meet the full overseas tuition fee.
Funding will extend for four years.

Students may apply on a 1+3 or 3+1 basis, i.e. a Master?s by research followed
by a three-year PhD, or a three-year PhD followed by one year of postdoctoral study.

Students choosing the 1+3 option will only be permitted to progress to the PhD
if performance on the Master?s by research is satisfactory.

Eligibility

Applicants should be able to speak, read and write Scottish Gaelic. Applicants
who do not currently have all these skills will be expected to develop
competence in Gaelic such that they can conduct and present academic research
through the medium of Gaelic.

Appropriate language training will be provided.

Applying

Completed applications (including references) must be received by the University
no later than 30 April 2012.

Informal enquiries about the award and the application procedure can be made to
Dr Wilson McLeod, w.mcleod Linguist List ed.ac.uk

Candidates should also apply for admission to the University using the on-line
application system. The references supplied for the admission application will
be used in relation to the scholarship.

Notification

A Selection Committee will meet in early May 2012 to select the scholarship
holder. The winner of the scholarship will be announced as soon as possible
thereafter.
Application Web Address: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/postgraduate/uk-eu/humanities/literatures-languages-cultures/1.30940
Contact Information: Dr Wilson McLeod
w.mcleod@ed.ac.uk