The School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University is offering seven fees-only three-year bursaries to students who already have, or who will have completed at the latest by October 2007, 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: English, French, German, Politics & International Relations, Sociology, Spanish and Translation Studies.
Research areas in Translation Studies: translation and advertising, translation and politics, translation history, translation and ethnography, translation and semiotics, translation and corpora, translator training. We welcome applications for study in any of these fields or on related topics.
The value of the bursary, £3,240, is sufficient to cover Home/EU fees for 2007-8, and will rise annually as the university's fees increase in step with inflation. An overseas student could set the bursary against the normal annual overseas registration fees, which for 2007-8 are £8,980, thereby reducing the fees payable for 2007-8 to £5,740.
If you wish to apply, please complete and submit, as soon as possible, an electronic PhD application form, which can be downloaded from the University's website. This will enable us to check that no necessary details are missing. Your application should also include a CV, as well as a 2,000-3,000 word research proposal and the names of two academic referees. To speed up the process, please ask your referees to send their references immediately by post or by email to Ms Seresht (see below for address).
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 test 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 6.0 in speaking, listening and reading)
Applications for the studentship should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to Ms Margarita Seresht, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET. Please mark the envelope with the phrase PhD Bursary Application. Applications and references must reach her at the very latest by 31st August 2007. Interviews will be held in early September.