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Fellowship posted by ERC DISCONEX (16/01/2014 10.18)

Marie Curie Actions funded fellowship ERC DISCONEX research group "The Discursive Construction of Academic Excellence. Classifying Academic Researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities"

The DISCONEX research group "The Discursive Construction of Academic Excellence. Classifying Academic Researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities", led by Professor Johannes Angermuller (Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick) is looking for candidates for a funded PhD position at the crossroads of language and society. Against a background in linguistics and sociology, DISCONEX studies academic discourse as a positioning and classifying practice of researchers, their everyday practices and tacit knowledges in the social sciences and humanities. By having recourse to qualitative methods and constructivist theories in social research, the group places a particular emphasis on the social uses of academic publications in view of qualitative approaches to "academic excellence" (for more details, another stipend will be available from the French partner institution, CEMS/EHESS, Paris).

Research Fields

Language sciences - Linguistics

Other costs

Awards available: 1 stipend available
Funding Details: The scholarship will pay an annual stipend (beginning at £13,726). Funding may be available for student fees, subject to eligibility.
Length of Award: 3 years (PhD)
Eligibility: Open to Home/EU and Overseas applicants.

Eligibility criteria

Conditions of application
1. PhD project on one of the domains of the DISCONEX project under the supervision of Johannes Angermuller. A short presentation of DISCONEX can be found on the web site ( We do not study teaching-related discourse.
2. The successful applicant who is offered the DISCONEX studentship will subsequently need to submit a separate online application for PhD study to Warwick's Graduate School.

Required competencies
1. Candidates should have a Master's (or equivalent), obtained before September 2014 e.g. in discourse analysis, pragmatics, linguistics. Applications from adjacent backgrounds such as qualitative social research, communication, Science and Technology Studies and / or sociology of science are welcome.
2. Candidates should be familiar with at least one of the following academic systems: U.S., France, Germany, UK.
3. Strong research orientation, international experience and interest in collaborative research.
4. Contribution to project-related tasks such as data collection (interviews, documents, participant observation etc.) and analysis (written and oral discourse), workshops, conferences, publication of results.
5. Participation in the activities of the DiscourseNet network (
6. Excellent command of English, preferably of German and French as well.

Selection process

Required documents
1. Motivation letter laying out the reasons for applying to the DISCONEX group
2. Research project (ca. 5 pages) with preliminary or developed ideas about the state of the research, research question, research object and method. The quality of the proposal will be crucial for selecting the applicants. Please download and read the project description of the overarching DISCONEX-project before you develop your own proposal:
3. Curriculum vitae
4. Two reference letters may be requested from academic teachers
5. Copies of diplomas and grades
6. The application documents are sent in a single pdf file by mail to Ronny Scholz.


Johannes Angermuller (DISCONEX research group director,
Ronny Scholz (DISCONEX project manager,
Please have a look at the project news on the project webpage before contacting us (

Please try to send in your application by the 15th of October 2014.
Travel costs for the interview cannot be reclaimed. Researchers on all levels interested in DISCONEX are welcome to get in touch with Johannes at this or later stages and to attend the workshops and DiscourseNet activities.

Programme Description
Number of awards per year1
Annual budgetbeginning at £13,726
International mobility required ?yes
Eligible destination country/ies for fellowsUnited Kingdom
Eligibility of fellows: country/ies of residenceAll, Canada, E.E.C., France, Germany, International, United Kingdom, United States
Eligibility of fellows: nationality/iesAll, Canada, E.E.C., France, Germany, International, Other, United Kingdom, United States
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Fellowship's Details
Career StageEarly stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)
Research ProfilesFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
Total amount per fellowship per year13726
CurrencyPound sterling
Maximum duration of fellowship36
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