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Subject-specific awards for Languages and Cultures

Master's Students

MA Studentships in French Studies

Wadsworth Award

£15,000 award (to cover fees and partial maintenance) to support an MA student (research-preparation) on a French topic, including a short period of research in France (fees, plus top-up, plus travel). The Wadsworth Award is open to any PGT program within the School that offers an option of writing a dissertation on a subject related to French which can be supervised from within French Studies. 

Robinson Prize

£10,000 award (to cover fees and partial maintenance) to support an MA student (research-preparation) on a topic in French, German, Spanish, or Russian. Dissertation supervision will come from within French Studies, German Studies, SPLAS, or REES.

Research Students

PhD Studentships in French Studies

Second Language Acquisition

One full RCUK equivalent studentship in the area of Second Language Acquisition is available from September 2016.

In addition to applications for doctoral study (+3), we also welcome applications from students wishing to undertake the MA Linguistics programme in preparation for progression onto a doctoral programme (1+3 scheme).

Subject to satisfactory progress, these awards will cover:

  • Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate.
  • Annual maintenance stipend of £14,057 (2015/16 rate)

Application Process

Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD/MA programme by 22 January 2016.

There is no separate application form for this studentship. To apply for a +3 studentship, Please submit the form for the Presidential Doctoral Scholar (PDS) competition (if eligible) and additionally the application form for School Funding and indicate that you are also interested in the subject-specific funding. The deadline for both the PDS Awards and School Funding is 5pm, 12 February 2016.

The forms should be returned to the Graduate School Office (Phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm, 12 February 2016.

Full details on how to apply for School and/or PDS funding can be found here: http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/fees/postgraduate-research-funding/

To apply for a 1+3 studentship, please submit a research proposal (1500 words) to Phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm, 12 February 2016.

Literary/Cultural Studies

One full RCUK equivalent studentship in the area of French Literary/Cultural Studies is available from September 2016.

In addition to applications for doctoral study (+3), we also welcome applications from students wishing to undertake the MA Translation Studies programme, or any other MA programme offered within SALC, provided the dissertation will be on a subject related to French which can be supervised from within French Studies, in preparation for progression onto a doctoral programme (1+3 scheme).

Subject to satisfactory progress, these awards will cover:

  • Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate.
  • Annual maintenance stipend of £14,057 (2015/16 rate)

Application Process

Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD /MA programme by 22 January 2016.

There is no separate application form for this studentship. To apply for a +3 studentship, Please submit the form for the Presidential Doctoral Scholar (PDS) competition (if eligible) and additionally the application form for School Funding and indicate that you are also interested in the subject-specific funding. The deadline for both the PDS Awards and School Funding is 5pm, 12 February 2016.

The forms should be returned to the Graduate School Office (Phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm, 12 February 2016.

Full details on how to apply for School and/or PDS funding can be found here: http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/fees/postgraduate-research-funding/

To apply for a 1+3 studentship, please submit a research proposal (1500 words) to Phdfunding-salc@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm, 12 February 2016.

These studentships are open to both Home/EU and Overseas applicants. If you are an Overseas applicant, please indicate on your application how you will fund the difference in tuition fees.

PhD Studentship in Corpus-based Translation Studies and History of Knowledge Transfer in the 19th/20th Century

A fully-funded 3-year PhD studentship in the area of Corpus-based Translation Studies and History of Knowledge Transfer in the 19th/20th Century is available from September 2016, under the umbrella of the AHRC-funded project Genealogies of Knowledge: The Evolution and Contestation of Concepts across Time and Space.

  • Start date of studentship: September 2016
  • Full RCUK equivalent studentship (£18,000), including tuition fees and maintenance grant, paid for 3 years of PhD registration
  • Supervisory team: Professor Mona Baker, Professor Peter Pormann, Dr Luis Pérez-González

1. Genealogies of Knowledge

Genealogies of Knowledge: The Evolution and Contestation of Concepts across Time and Space is a 4-year AHRC-funded research project (starting on 31 March 2016) led by Professor Mona Baker, Professor Peter Pormann and Dr Luis Pérez-González (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester).

This project seeks to answer the overall question of how linguistic and cultural translations generate and renegotiate knowledge and values across centuries and cultures. To tackle this general question, the project investigates two sets of interrelated issues:

  • the historical evolution and transformation through translation of two constellations of key concepts in political and scientific thought, focusing on seminal moments of change in the reception and reproduction of translated texts and their meanings by subsequent readerships. The project will study the translation of such central concepts in the humanities and sciences from/into Greek, early Latin, medieval Arabic and modern English;
  • the ways and means by which civil society actors involved in radical democratic groups and counter-hegemonic globalisation movements contest and redefine the meaning of such cultural concepts today.

For both strands of analysis, the study will build large, diverse electronic corpora of Greek, Latin, Arabic and English; and (2) develop a range of open-source tools for corpus analysis and visualisation that harness the power of the computer to process, compare and visualise patterns in these very large textual repositories.

2. Applicant’s Project

The successful applicant’s project will ideally draw on corpora of 19th/20th century translations from French and German into English of works by key thinkers (e.g. Karl Popper, Jacques Rancière, Immanuel Kant, Max Horkheimer and Michel Foucault). The corpora should be interrogated to address the following research questions:

  • How do concepts about the body politic evolve and acquire different meanings and nuances within and across linguacultures over time, and what role does translation play in this process? Specific concepts to be examined include those currently expressed by the following lexical items in English: polis, polity, democracy, civil society, citizenship, nation, state, natural law, human rights, and equality.
  • How do key concepts that underpin scientific, expert discourse (including medical discourse as a case in point) similarly evolve within and across cultures over time, and how are they mediated in translation? Specific concepts to be examined include those currently expressed by the following lexical items in English: experiment, observation, evidence, proof, episteme, truth, falsehood, aetiology, causation, justification, fact, validity, expertise.

As part of their application, applicants will submit a 1,500-word research proposal (see section 3) outlining how they would approach one or more of the research questions and stating which authors/works would be represented in their proposed corpora. Applicants can contact Professor Mona.Baker@manchester.ac.uk or Dr Luis.Perez-Gonzalez@manchester.ac.uk for further guidance.

3. Application Process

To be considered for this Studentship, candidates should submit an application for the NWCDTP Studentship Competition for 2016/17, as there is the possibility of co-funding.

To check eligibility criteria and access the relevant forms:

Key Dates:

  • candidates must have applied for a place on the PhD programme in Translation and Intercultural Studies at the University of Manchester by Friday 22 January 2016. They should indicate on the application form that they wish to be considered for the Genealogies of Knowledge PhD studentship.
  • candidates must submit a NWCDTP Funding Application by 5pm, 12 February 2016. The application should indicate ‘Translation Studies’ as their pathway, and indicate that they are also applying for the Genealogies of Knowledge studentship.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Mona.Baker@manchester.ac.uk or Dr Luis.Perez-Gonzalez@manchester.ac.uk (quoting ‘Genealogies PhD Studentship’ as the e-mail subject).

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in Japanese Studies

The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation have launched a new five-year grant programme designed to support the development of Japanese Studies in the UK. Applications are invited for the Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentships.

The Studentships are worth £10,000 and are for one year only.  Award holders are welcome to reapply for the studentship (subject to availability) in subsequent years.

Eligibility

  • Any full-time PhD student (offer holders and current PhD students), whose thesis topic focuses on any aspect of Japan for which the University can provide adequate supervision may apply.
  • Applicants may be of any nationality.
  • Candidates must have submitted an application for a place on the PhD programme by the scholarship application deadline.
  • Current students who have already accepted full scholarships for September 2016 entry, or are already in receipt of a full scholarship, are ineligible.

Prospective students:

1. Deadline for PhD Applications: 22 January 2016

2. Deadline for Sasakawa Studentship Applications: 12 February 2016

Current Manchester PhD students only:

  1. By 5pm, 12 February 2016: a complete Scholarship Form, including a CV and a research proposal, should be submitted to erica.baffelli@manchester.ac.uk.

Please contact Dr Baffelli at the above email address to request the Scholarship Application Form.

Notification of Results: 

A list of nominees will be selected by the Selection Committee and submitted to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, which will decide all finalist awardees. Nominated candidates will be notified by the end of March 2016. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of June 2016.

For an application form and informal enquiries, please contact Dr Erica Baffelli:erica.baffelli@manchester.ac.uk 

Prospective applicants are strongly advised to contact their preferred doctoral supervisor before applying, to discuss their application.

Details of the academic staff are here:

Chinese Studies

Japanese Studies

Contact for academic questions:

Professor Hilary Owen (hilary.owen@manchester.ac.uk).