University of Cambridge - 3 (ERC-funded) PhD studentships in syntax

  • 10 Feb 2012 10:56
    Message # 821611
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Applications are invited for 3 PhD studentships covering the period 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2015, working under the general supervision of Prof. Ian Roberts in the Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages (although each student will in fact be assigned to a 4-member PhD committee).  This award has become available as a result of an ERC Advanced Grant “Rethinking Comparative Syntax” (see  Successful applicants for these awards are expected to begin PhD study on 1 October 2012 and will receive a student stipend sufficient to meet the fees and maintenance requirements. 

    Qualification requirements

    Candidates should hold or be in the process of obtaining a Master's degree (or equivalent) in Linguistics, with a specialisation in Syntax, and have attained or expect to obtain a mark of distinction. Excellent writing skills in English and knowledge of some language(s) other than English are desirable. Eligible candidates must submit an advanced proposal of research relevant to the “Rethinking Comparative Syntax” project, specifying how their research would contribute to the typological and theoretical goals of the project. Applicants are encouraged to look at the project website ( to identify one or more areas of research to which they feel they would be able to contribute via their doctoral work. Applicants can be from the UK, EU or overseas.

    Closing date 

    14 March 2012.

    Application Procedure

    Applications should be made directly to the Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages. Successful candidates will subsequently be asked to make a formal application through the Board of Graduate Studies. Applications should be made on the University graduate application form (GRADSAF), available at:, and include the following supporting documents:

    * 2 academic references

    * transcripts or degree certificates

    * English Language Score Report (if English is not your first language)

    * 500-1000 word research proposal

    Completed applications should be emailed or posted to Ms Siobhán Carew, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA, tel: (01223) 335010, email:, by the closing date of 14 March 2012. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    In the Research Statement, candidates are required to outline their original research proposal and explain how it will fit the Project, “Rethinking Comparative Syntax”. Applicants should specify Professor Ian Roberts as supervisor on their application forms and are encouraged to contact Professor Roberts ( to discuss the ERC project, Cambridge College selection, and their applications.

    For full details of these positions and also of the application procedure, please see:

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