14 March 2018
We are delighted to announce that the department has successfully bid for a CASE PhD studentship under the umbrella of the North West Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership.

The CASE PhD studentship was obtained in collaboration between LAEL and Trinity College London. The project addresses an issue of importance in both language learning and testing – the construct of phraseological (formulaic) competence in L1 and L2 spoken English and its application in the language testing practice. The project seeks to improve assessment of spoken English by closely collaborating with Trinity College London, a major international language examination organisation, and by making the findings directly relevant to language test developers. The study will combine methods from corpus linguistics and language testing. 

The PhD studentship is funded by the ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (NWSSDTP) and will be undertaken in collaboration between Lancaster University (the Department of Linguistics and English Language) and Trinity College London. The studentship covers full-time academic fees and provides a yearly stipend (£14,553) for eligible candidates. It also includes access to a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) for reimbursement of research related expenses including – but not limited to – conference attendance and training courses. The PhD studentship offers an excellent opportunity to work with a team of experts at a world-leading Linguistics department.

The deadline for the application is 9th April 2018.

To read more about the project and the application process, please visit http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/phd-studentship/ (please note that there are eligibility requirements determined by the funder. All information is available at the link).