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PhD studentship in Modern Languages Policy at Queen’s University Belfast

PhD studentship in Modern Languages Policy at Queen’s University Belfast

| 12/04/2019

A fully-funded 3-year PhD studentship is available at Queen’s University Belfast in conjunction with the research project ‘Foreign, Indigenous and Community Languages in the Devolved Regions of the UK. Policy and Practice for Growth’ which is attached to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Leadership Fellowship in Modern Languages held by Professor Janice Carruthers. The research team currently consists of the Leadership Fellow, two postdoctoral fellows (working on community languages and on modern foreign languages) and a language policy consultant. More information about the project can be found in the about section.

Proposals are invited for a PhD project in the area of Modern Languages Policy. We are particularly interested in proposals relating to aspects of Modern Foreign Languages policy in the UK. Proposals that incorporate international comparator are welcome. Applications in other Language Policy fields falling within the remit of the project will also be considered.

The studentship will start in September 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter) and will cover full fees. It will also include an annual maintenance stipend for three years to RCUK minimum level (£15,009 per annum). It will be supervised by Prof Janice Carruthers and a second supervisor (choice of the second supervisor will depend on the precise topic of the project). For further information about the studentship, please contact Prof Janice Carruthers (

To be eligible to apply for a fully-funded DfE studentship, you must:

• be a UK or EU citizen or a non-EU citizen with permanent settled status in the UK (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’)
• have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship.

Applicants for the studentship should have:
1. A First or Upper-Second (2.i) class first degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. a Languages degree or a degree in a cognate discipline with a Languages component and/or a postgraduate qualification in Languages). A master’s degree or experience of writing a substantial dissertation at BA level will be an advantage;
2. Excellent communication and organisational skills and the ability to work as part of a research team;
3. The standing needed to meet the graduate admissions entrance requirements of Queen’s University.

Applications for the studentship should be made via the Queen’s University Student Portal at:

Important: applicants should tick “I am responding to an advert” then enter “MLP 19” in the box provided.

Please also send your CV and a copy of the proposal you have submitted online at the same time by email to

The deadline for applications is 5 pm on 31 May.