PhD Scholarships 2018

The Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies (LINCS) is offering up to 3 PhD scholarships to start in the academic year 2018-19. The term of the scholarships is three years. Successful candidates will be expected to make a contribution to activities in the Department in return for a fee-waiver, a maintenance allowance (currently set at £14,553 for 2017-18) per annum and a research support allowance of £2,250 over the registered period of study.
The closing date for applications is Friday 15 December 2017.
Please find all the information below or click here to apply.

Languages and Intercultural Studies Scholarship 2017

The LINCS PhD programme is highly successful and respected both nationally and internationally. Recent graduates, who benefit from the extensive research contacts of staff across the world, have conducted award-winning research and gained employment in a range of academic positions.

LINCS is committed to conducting theoretically advanced and socially-impactful research which is relevant to the academic community and also engages with public interest. In the last UK-wide Research Excellence Framework Exercise (REF 2014), one-third of the research in LINCS was declared ‘world leading’ for its originality, rigour and significance by the Modern Languages & Linguistics panel, placing us top in Scotland. In terms of the ‘reach and significance’ of our impact on the economy, society and culture, we scored 90% ‘outstanding’ – placing us again top in Scotland and 2nd in the UK.
LINCS incorporates the Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies in Scotland (CTISS): the  Centre addresses socially-relevant issues in Translation and Interpreting Studies across languages and cultures in the global context. We are interested in the lived and linguistic experiences of all those who participate in interpreting and translation processes, from new language learners and educators, to end-users in communities, public services and the professions. Heriot-Watt is one of only four UK institutions that belong to CIUTI (Conférence Internationale d'Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes).  

We welcome proposals from suitably qualified candidates on any area related to research conducted in our Centre.
For further information on our areas of expertise and individual staff profiles, visit.
Deadline for applications is Friday 15 December 2017

Entry requirements

All applications will be reviewed within the relevant department with a shortlisting decision made based on qualifications, the research proposal and the availability of a supervisory team.  Shortlisted applicants must have either the equivalent of a 1st class honours undergraduate degree, or a Masters degree with an average mark of 65% or higher and a dissertation mark of 65% or higher.  Applicants who are unsure if their qualifications meet the minimum criteria should contact  Please note that possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee shortlisting for interview.
Please note that possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee shortlisting for interview.

How to apply

Please submit your application online and on the admissions website please select 'PhD Languages'.  
Please state clearly on your application that you are applying for a Heriot-Watt University Scholarship. 
In order that your application can be processed, please ensure that all the supporting documents listed below are submitted with your application:

1. Research Proposal (approximately 5 – 8 pages)   

The research proposal should contain as much as possible of the following: an introduction or outline of the proposed topic; a statement of objectives and/or specific research questions; a summary of some of the relevant literature which supports the research objective(s); an indication of the intended research methodology; an indication of the theoretical structure and/or conceptual outline; a provisional timetable of the major phases of the research process; results expected from the research e.g. practical value of the research or possible contributions to knowledge or policy or methodology.  At this stage we are not looking for a definitive document but merely an indication that you have thought through most of the above issues. Applicants may wish to identify potential supervisors on the application form. However, academic staff are unable to provide feedback on applications including drafts.

Please note that work submitted may be subject to screening via plagiarism software.

2. Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificate

Copies of full academic transcripts/marks from all previous academic degree courses and copies of degree certificates for degrees already awarded.  If you are currently pursuing a degree course please provide available marks to date.

3. Curriculum Vitae

A CV should be submitted.

4. References 

If you have references available these should be submitted with your application.

English Language Requirements

If you have not already studied a degree programme that was taught and examined in the medium of English we require evidence of language proficiency.   For IELTS: the minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.  
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