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Cardiff University PhD Scholarship in Applied Linguistics, UK

Publish Date: May 02, 2016

Deadline: Jul 01, 2016

The Cardiff Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) is part of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, a large multi-disciplinary school which has a dynamic and highly successful research culture. CLCR is one of the foremost international departments for research, research training and teaching in social, applied and interactional areas of human communication, digital and non-digital media, language and linguistics. The Centre carries excellent ratings for its research from the most recent Research Excellence Framework. It was part of a unit of assessment which was ranked 10th in the UK. Furthermore 87% of submitted outputs was classified as either (4*) (world-leading or (3*) (Internationally excellent) . Cardiff University is in the world’s top 100 universities for the study of English Language and Literature in the 2016 QS World University Rankings.

The PhD programme in Applied Linguistics (Lexical Studies) is designed to meet the needs of part-time, distance-learning students who work in the broad areas of lexical research and lexical perspectives on language issues.


Four studentships are very generously funded by the AHSS college (Tess Fitzpatrick Serious Brain Power fund). These studensthips will consist of UK/EU fee in years 2, 3 and 4 of the 6-year programme. Overseas students will need to fund the difference between the Home/EU fee and the Overseas fee.

In the course of their PhD candidacy, postgraduate research students may apply for funding up to £1250 over a period of the 6-year PhD candidature with an annual maximum of £600.

PhD students also have access to a Research, Innovation, Workshop and Network Fund to fund professional development and employability; to support emerging group/networking initiatives; organising workshops and symposia that align with the research profile of the School.

There are additional travel bursaries available to students registered on this programme.


Academic criteria: A First or Upper Second class UK honours degree, or equivalent is required.

Successful applicants to the programme will also have demonstrated a strong performance at Master’s level in a subject related to Applied Linguistics, will have completed a course in research methods, and will have some experience of conducting empirical research (possibly as part of the Master’s degree).

Applicants are advised to discuss potential research projects with the Programme Director, Professor Tess Fitzpatrick prior to making an application. Please email

Residency: This studentship is open to students of any nationality. Students classified as international for fee purposes have to self-fund the difference between home and international fees.

How to Apply

Please contact for a copy of the funding form and referee report form.

The deadline for applications is 1 July 2016 for entry in 2016-17

Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Further Information

For any further information, contact Rhain Rattray by phone on +44 (0) 29 2087 0322 or by email at

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