Fully Funded Doctoral Studentships - Creative Multilingualism

University of Oxford

Three fully-funded D.Phil. (Oxford’s Ph.D.) scholarships, tenable from 1st October 2017, are available at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford, in conjunction with the AHRC-funded Creative Multilingualism programme.

The Faculty is one of the leading centres for the study of European languages, literature, and culture world-wide, offering expertise in the entire chronological range from the earliest times to the present day, and with specialists in film studies, cultural studies, history of the book, and cultural history as well as languages and literatures. The Faculty offers expertise in Celtic (Welsh and Irish), French, German, Italian, Modern Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish and Czech, as well as in a range of other languages spoken in Europe.

The Creative Multilingualism programme conducts research on the nexus between multilingualism and creativity, in seven interlocking strands. It analyses a wide range of linguistic processes, with projects focusing on metaphor, intelligibility across related languages, the creative stimulus of multilingual theatre and music, multilingual literature, the multiple meanings created in the act of translation, and linguistic creativity in language learning. The programme is designed to generate deeper understanding of the multifarious ways in which multilingualism and creativity interact, and to have a transformational impact on the role and perception of linguistic diversity and language learning in society and particularly in schools. This work involves rethinking the identity of Modern Languages, developing a concept of language use and language learning that supports the multifaceted needs of individuals and communities in the contemporary world.

The Creative Multilingualism programme is part of the Open World Research Initiative funded by the AHRC. It involves six Higher Education institutions and sixteen partners in other fields, and it collaborates closely with the OWRI programmes led by the University of Cambridge, King’s College London and Manchester University.

The studentships are for three years and are open to students of any nationality. Each studentship will cover University and College fees with a stipend equivalent to the Research Councils UK national minimum stipend (£14,057 in 2015). 

Candidates will be expected to have completed a Master’s degree by the time they take up the studentship. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates proposing to work in the context of strands 1 (Metaphor), 4 (Languages in the Creative Economy: Russian theatre or Russian opera) and 5 (World Literatures), but will consider applications that take forward the research of the programme in other ways.

For details of how to apply, see http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/fully-funded-studentships

For more information about the Faculty, see http://www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/

For more information on the Creative Multilingualism programme and its research strands, see http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/

Enquires about the Faculty may be addressed to graduate.studies@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk. Enquiries about the Creative Multilingualism programme should be sent to creativeml@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk.

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