[Corpora-List] Fwd: Aston University, Birmingham, UK: The Newbury Studentship in the School of Languages and Social Sciences

Ramesh Krishnamurthy r.krishnamurthy at aston.ac.uk
Tue Jun 27 15:01:03 CEST 2006

Dear colleagues
I have been asked to add that the research areas listed in the original posting
were merely indicative and not exclusive, and that many related research areas
(in particular, TESOL) should be included. Please
see the webpage for a fuller list
of staff research interests:

>Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 12:18:40 +0100

>To: corpora at uib.no

>From: Ramesh Krishnamurthy <r.krishnamurthy at aston.ac.uk>

>Subject: Aston University, Birmingham, UK: The

>Newbury Studentship in the School of Languages and Social Sciences


>Aston University, Birmingham, UK: The Newbury

>Studentship in the School of Languages and Social Sciences


>In memory of Phill Newbury, a second year

>doctoral student at Aston University,

>who tragically died in April of this year, the School of Languages and Social

>Sciences is offering a studentship, preferably for a student who already holds

>a Masters degree in a relevant subject area, to enable them to undertake

>research in any of the research areas of the School ­ Corpus Linguistics;

>Critical Discourse Analysis; English Language; Forensic Linguistics; French

>Linguistics, Culture, Politics or Media; German Language or Literature;

>Language and the Law; Spanish Culture; International Relations; Politics and

>Modern History; Sociology; Translation Studies.

>It is hoped that the successful

>candidate will join the School on October 1st.


>The total value of the studentship is some

>£15,150 per annum. For a student who

>has been resident in the EU for the past three years this amount will be

>sufficient to cover the University fees and also to provide a maintenance

>allowance of £12,000 per annum. The fees for Overseas students are currently

>£8,750 per annum, so the maintenance grant for such a student would be reduced

>to some £6,400 per annum.


>We intend to award the scholarship to the

>candidate who, in our opinion has the

>best thought-out research proposal. In order to allow potential candidates

>sufficient time to prepare their proposals, the closing date for applications

>will be mid-day on Monday August 14th and interviews will take place in the

>week of September 4th . Please make sure you will be able to attend for

>interview if invited.


>Your research proposal should be 2-3,000 words long and should include a brief

>review of the relevant literature, a statement of the research question(s), an

>indication of how the question(s) will be approached and an outline of how the

>first year’s work might be organised. As a

>guide, we would normally expect that

>you spend much of the first six months familiarising yourself with the

>literature and discovering and testing potential

>analytical tools. Please send

>the proposal both electronically and in hard copy form to Ms Margarita Chu -

>m.chu at aston.ac.uk.


>To speed up the process, please submit an electronic PhD application form as

>soon as you decide to apply for the studentship; this will enable us to check

>that no necessary details are missing - the form

>is available from Ms Chu. Your

>application for the studentship should also include a CV, the names of two

>academic referees and, if you are not a native speaker, proof of competence in

>English, usually in the form of a TOEFL or IELTS test score. The minimum test

>scores are as follows:

>TOEFL: 610 (paper-based) or 253 (computer-based) or 101/102 (Internet-based)

>IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in writing, and 6.0 in

>speaking, listening and reading)


>Applications for the studentship should be

>addressed to Ms Margarita Chu, at the

>address below, to reach her at the very latest by Monday August 14th 2006. To

>speed up the process please ask your referees to send their references

>directly, by post or by email, to Ms Chu, m.chu at aston.ac.uk. The references

>must also arrive by Monday August 14th.


>If successful you will be expected to make a

>teaching contribution of up to four

>hrs p/w and to provide research assistance to your supervisor of up to 2 hours



>Address for correspondence: Ms Margarita Chu, School of Languages and Social

>Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET. Please mark

>the envelope with the phrase ‘Phill Newbury PhD Studentship Application'.

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