UK: PhD Research Studentship with DISCONEX at University of Warwick

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Project Title: Analysis of (academic) discourse in the SSH

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”, another stipend will be available from the French partner institution, CEMS/EHESS, Paris). The PhD projects will be in the domain of the Social Sciences and Humanities Studies and should focus on the discursive and social dynamics among researchers in the SSH (except economics) in the English-speaking and possibly French- or German-speaking worlds.

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 offerend the DISCONEX studentship will subsequently need to submit a separate online application for PhD study to PG Admissions.

Award available: 1 award available.

Funding Details: The scholarship includes an annual stipend at RCUK level. Funding may be available for student fees, subject to eligibility.

Length of Award: 3 years (PhD).

Eligibility:  Open to Home/EU and Overseas applicants.

Start Date: October 2014 (subject to negotiation)

Application Details:

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.

Potential applicants are advised to look refer to the project webpage before contacting the project leads:

Enquires should be directed to: Johannes Angermuller (DISCONEX research group director, or Ronny Scholz (DISCONEX project manager,

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.
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Two reference letters may be requested from academic teachers
  5. Copies of diplomas and grades
  6. Application documents are to be sent as a single pdf by mail to Ronny Scholz.

Please note: Travel costs for the interview cannot be reclaimed.

Deadline:  15th April 2014.

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