THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award in Translation Studies: Humans in the Loop

Type of award


Managing department

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures


A full award comprises the UK/EU tuition fee and a maintenance stipend of approximately £15,000 per year, for 3.5 years of full-time study.

Specified use

Home Fees and maintenance stipend (subject to eligibility)

Tenable period

3.5 years

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

There is 1 studentship available

Funding provider


Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

  • Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

  • Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies

Academic requirements

Candidates should have a First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and a Masters level qualification with Distinction (completed or in progress), in translation studies or a cognate discipline.

Native or near-native competence in English and at least one of the following languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch.

Prior experience of using translation technologies.

Some prior professional experience in language services (desirable).

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to students from the UK and EU.

Other eligibility criteria

Candidates must have a relevant connection with the UK to qualify for a full AHRC award, i.e. they must have been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the three-year period preceding the date of application, or have settled status in the UK. Non-EU candidates who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years, or who were resident wholly or mainly for the purposes of education, are not eligible to apply.

Candidates from EU countries are eligible for full awards if they have been resident in the UK, for education or other purposes, for at least three years prior to the start of their programme. Candidates from EU countries who have not resided in the UK for three years prior to the start of their programme will normally be eligible for a fees-only award.

Application procedure

Please submit a CV, undergraduate and Masters degree transcripts, and a 1,500-word PhD proposal related to the research topic to by 17:00 GMT on Monday 17 February 2020. Interviews will take place at the end of February and the successful candidate's nomination will be confirmed by 13 March.

The successful candidate will then be required to submit an online application for a place on the PhD in Translation and Intercultural Studies programme by 31 March, with the support of the supervisors - see

for details.

Closing date

17 Feb 2020

5pm GMT Monday 17 February 2020

Additional information

The Humans in the Loop project will investigate the impact of the quality of source texts on the work of post-editors or translators, in collaboration with our partner, Translate Media. Specialising in the translation of advertising and marketing materials, Translate Media is implementing post-editing of machine translation as part of its professional translation workflow. This research will examine Translate Media's encounters with poorly written and non-canonical source texts, to understand how specific features of source texts can affect the quality of MT output, post-editing practices and translator productivity. The basic parameters of the research are set but specific details will be decided jointly by the student, supervisor and partner. Translate Media will provide access to a range of datasets, resources and personnel.

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