The Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, is offering two PhD Scholarships to start in the academic year 2011-12. The term of the scholarship is three years. Successful candidates will be expected to make a contribution to teaching and teaching-related activities in the Department in return for a fee-waiver, a maintenance allowance of £13,590 per annum and a research support allowance of £2,250 over the registered period of study.
The Languages PhD programme is highly successful and respected internationally. Recent graduates, who benefit from the extensive research contacts of staff across the world, have gained employment in a range of academic positions.
The Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies is committed to conducting theoretically advanced and socially-useful research which is relevant to the academic community and also engages with public interest. It incorporates two Research Units and maintains sign language research interests in both of these areas:
Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies in Scotland (CTISS): The aims of the Centre include the investigation of the nature of the process of translating and interpreting and the dissemination of research. It is one of only four UK institutions that belong to CIUTI (Conférence Internationale d’Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes).
Studies in European and International Culture and Societies (SEICS): The Group contributes to the study of societies, cultures, politics, language and identities through a combination of disciplines, including literary, cultural, film and media studies, history, political science, sociolinguistics and the sociology of language.
Applications in these two broad areas of research will be considered. Any language combinations may be proposed in any field, but the Department has particular research interests in French, German, Spanish, Chinese, English and minority languages, including Irish Gaelic, Galician and sign languages. Applications are particularly welcome from suitably qualified candidates interested in any aspect of the following themes:
· Language use in the corporate and public sectors;
· New technologies in translation research, practice and consumption;
· Developing identities: the role of history, culture and translation;
· Communication, justice and security.
We welcome applications by 31 March 2011.