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Graduate Admissions


Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD studentship (MPhil + PhD) in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, as part of the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership at the University of Cambridge. This studentship is designed for students with interdisciplinary interest in linguistics and psychology/neuroscience and it requires the student to complete the MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics following an interdisciplinary pathway in the first year of the appointment. This step will be important to train the student in the multidisciplinary methodologies and skills required to conduct this study. The project will be based in the Psycholinguistics lab of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics ( Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project, the student will also complete a substantial amount of work at the Adaptive Brain Lab of the Department of Psychology (, with supervision in both disciplines.

DTP students will acquire a unique set of skills that will equip them for high-profile careers as leading social scientists, in academia or in other government, industrial, commercial and third sector organisations either in the UK or elsewhere.

The successful candidate will have a good Bachelor degree (equivalent of first-class distinction) in linguistics or related subject, preferably with a specialization in psycholinguistics, completed by September 30th 2016. Background in psychology and/or language acquisition will be an asset.

The PhD student will work with Prof Ianthi Tsimpli and with Prof Zoe Kourtzi as a member of the CAMPAL research group (Cambridge Processing and Acquisition of Language). He/she will join the Lab and the research cluster for Language Acquisition and Language Processing and will be part of a world-class multidisciplinary research environment combining linguists, psychologists and neuroscientists.

DTP studentships are currently only open to UK and EU citizens. You can find out more here about the residency requirements that apply:

The studentship will cover University fees and, depending on eligibility, may also confer an annual stipend, starting at £14,161.42, for 4 years (1 year MPhil, 3 years PhD). DTP students also receive a personal allowance for additional training costs, and can apply for further funding to pursue fieldwork, academic exchange, and collaboration with non-academic organisations.

Further information about the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership is available here:

To apply for this opportunity, please do not apply online through Graduate Admissions. Instead, please complete a GRADSAF 2017/18 paper application form (available at and submit this, along with a covering letter and a 3 page PhD research proposal, to

Applicants must provide the names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with their work in the relevant field whom we can contact for a reference once the vacancy has closed.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 midnight (GMT) on Sunday 12th of March 2017. If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Prof Tsimpli ( For questions on the application process or procedure, please contact Adam Cooley (01223 760810, Please quote reference on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Interviews will be held during the week commencing the Monday 20th of March 2017 at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA.

A further description of the project is presented in the Further Details document below.

Please quote reference GZ11392 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Key Information

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Reference: GZ11392

Dates and deadlines:

Friday, 10 February, 2017
Closing Date
Sunday, 12 March, 2017