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School of Languages and Applied Linguistics

Closing date


This project is now closed. The details below are for information purposes only. Please see the Languages and Applied Linguistics Postgraduate Research Degree page for further opportunities. 

Our researchers tackle some of the planet's most urgent challenges. We want to help shape the future and know it takes more than words to make a difference.

That's exactly what our collaborative, interdisciplinary research aims to do -- and why we’re investing in a number of fully-funded PhD bursaries that support our commitment to delivering innovative research with impact.

The School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (SLAL) has leading researchers investigating a wide range of different topics, and we’re currently inviting bursary applications linked to the following research areas:

  • Translation -  the changing environment of translation: changes due to technologies and shifting roles

  • Teaching English - approaches to teaching reading or how to evaluate and design materials

  • Corpus linguistics - learn to access and develop large data sets to look at how language relates to social issues in a community or various aspects of digital communication

  • Sociolinguistics -  English as a Global Language: Ideology and Pedagogy

  • Critical Discourse Analysis of (online and offline) media representations of gender, race, class, including hate speech and online misogyny 

If you are interested in discussing a PhD project related to any of these areas, please contact Dr Glenn Hadikin ( in the first instance.

Research at the School of Language and Applied Linguistics

Researchers at the SLAL are active members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), and you can discover more about our ‘Language Across Borders’ research cluster here.

Entry requirements

  • As a general rule, you’ll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (depending upon chosen course, minimum second class or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject.
  • In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or Qualifications.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

How to apply

Discuss your own research idea

Once you've checked that you meet our entry requirements, you can find out more about the postgraduate programmes in SLAL by contacting the Departmental Research Degrees Coordinator, Dr Glenn Hadikin (

Please note: a university supervisor needs to support any bursary application, so it's important you make informal contact before you apply to discuss the suitability of your proposal. Glenn will also be able to direct you to the most appropriate supervisor for your project.

Write up a short research proposal of up to 1000 words

When you apply, you'll need to outline the background to your proposed research, and your proposed research methodology. The proposed research should relate to one of the above research areas and it's essential that you contact potential supervisors for your research before submitting your application, so that they can discuss your proposal in advance.

Apply online 

When you're ready to apply, you can use our online application form and select ‘Languages and Applied Linguistics’ as the subject area. Make sure you submit your research proposal, a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV. Please note, to be considered for this funded PhD opportunity you must also quote project code SLAL4400219 when you apply.

Eligibility and funding notes

The Portsmouth Global PhD scholarships are available to international (non-EEA) students only and cover tuition fees at an international rate for three years, a stipend in line with that offered by Research Councils UK of £14,777 per annum (2018/2019 rate), and one return flight to London during the duration of the course.


Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to the research leads mentioned above.

For administrative and admissions enquiries please contact