MA by Research funding opportunity: come and study with us!

Linguistics and Modern Languages at the University of Huddersfield invites applications for an MA by Research studentship starting in September 2018 in the fields of syntax and multilingualism (with preference given to studies of heritage languages). The studentship includes a fee waiver at the UK/EU level and a stipend of approximately £14,600 for the year.

The successful candidate, in addition to undertaking their own research project, will also act as Research Assistant on the Multilingual West Yorkshire project, which aims to learn more about the languages spoken in West Yorkshire and the people who speak them (see project outline). The Research Assistant duties will include:

- Sociolinguistic questionnaire design
- Administration and marketing of the questionnaire
- Facilitating access to and communication with potential end-users
- Initial data analysis

The scholarship therefore includes an additional budget of £2,000 for travel and other research expenses related to participation in the Multilingual West Yorkshire project over and above the stipend.

The project duties will be undertaken in collaboration with the Multilingual West Yorkshire project lead, Dr Rebecca Woods.

Applicants must hold a first class or upper second (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in linguistics.

Application procedure:

1.    Apply for the MA by Research at the University of Huddersfield using the following URL:

2.    Send the following documents in an email with the subject line “MA by Research Application” to Dr Rebecca Woods at

    a.    A CV
    b.    A research proposal for your own research project. This may, but need not, align with the Multilingual West Yorkshire project (maximum 1000 words)
    c.    A writing sample, e.g. an undergraduate essay (maximum 3500 words)
    d.    A video of no more than 5 minutes explaining why you are a good candidate for the Multilingual West Yorkshire Research Assistant position. If you have any accessibility issues that may require adjustment, please email Rebecca at the email address above.

No formal interview will take place as part of the application process, though enquiries are welcome via email.

Deadline for applications: now 31st July 2018

Contact for enquiries: Dr Rebecca Woods, Senior Lecturer in Language Acquisition (