SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES & SOCIAL SCIENCES
Three-year PhD Bursaries
The School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University is offering TWO three-year fees-only bursaries to students who already have, or who will have completed at the latest by October 2009, a Masters degree in a relevant subject area. The bursaries will enable students to undertake research in any of the School’s areas of academic endeavour, of which German is one. The School’s vibrant research culture and the rapidly expanding cohort of full-time research students provide a stimulating intellectual environment. The value of each bursary is sufficient to cover for three years the fees of a student who has a European Union passport.
In addition there is A THIRD bursary which will not only cover the fees of a European Union student but will also pay up to £5,000 per annum in return for 6 hours weekly of academic support work as requested by their Supervisor and/or Head of the subject area to which s/he is attached.
If you wish to apply for one of these bursaries, please complete and submit by midday on the 30th November 2009 an electronic PhD application form, which can be downloaded from the School’s Research Degree website.
This will enable us to check that no necessary details are missing.
Your application for the bursary should include a CV, a 2-3,000 word research proposal and the names of two academic referees. Applications for the studentship should be sent by email to [log in to unmask], or by post to Ms Margarita Seresht, School of Languages and Social Studies, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET. Please mark the email or envelope with the phrase ‘PhD Bursary Application’.
To speed up the process, please ask your referees to send their references immediately by post or by email to Ms Margarita Seresht, to whom any queries may also be addressed. Not only applications, but also references, must arrive at the very latest by 30th November 2009. Candidates may be asked to attend for interview or to take part in a telephone-interview. Decisions will be announced by December 18th and candidates will then be expected to register as soon as possible.
If you are not a native speaker of English, proof of English language competence will be necessary, usually in the form of a TOEFL or IELTS test score. The minimum scores are as follows:
TOEFL: 610 (paper-based) or 253 (computer-based) or 101/102 (Internet-based)
IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in writing, and 6.5 in speaking, listening and reading)