PhD Fellowship in Linguistic Typology at University of Leuven, 2018

Deadline: 1 July 2018
Open to: applicants with MA in linguistics (or equivalent, e.g. BA Hons), with academic distinction
Fellowship: fully funded


A new research project at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Leuven is looking for applicants for a fully funded four-year Ph.D. fellowship in linguistic typology (starting date October/November 2018). The Ph.D. fellowship is part of a larger collaborative project entitled ‘Beyond the clause: Encoding and inference in clause combining’, funded by the Research Council of the University of Leuven. The team heading the project is composed of Bert Cornillie, Kristin Davidse, Elwys De Stefani and Jean-Christophe Verstraete. The supervisor of this fellowship is Jean-Christophe Verstraete.

The aim of the Ph.D. project is to investigate the relation between specialized marking of clause linkage (e.g. conjunctions) and inferences from other categories (e.g. modal or information-structural markers). The project will use data from a large, representative sample of Australian languages, which tend to lack specialized clause linkage markers and rely on inferences from other means. This will contribute to the larger project by producing a cross-linguistic baseline for patterns of inference in clause combining.


Applications are invited from candidates with the following qualifications:

  • An MA in linguistics (or equivalent, e.g. BA Hons), with academic distinction;
  • Experience with linguistic typology and/or linguistic fieldwork;
  • Strong analytical skills and the motivation to pursue creative work in linguistics;
  • A good command of English;
  • A cooperative attitude and the capacity to actively participate in project activities (e.g. data sessions) and in events of the research units involved in the project (including their seminar series);
  • The ability to present research results at international conferences, and to publish in peer-reviewed journals.


The felow will receive a salary of approximately 2000 EUR/month (after taxes) for a period of four years and all regular provisions for Ph.D. fellows at the University of Leuven. In addition, s/he will be allocated office space and a laptop, and receive funding for research activities like attending conferences abroad and organizing workshops and conferences in Leuven or elsewhere.

The successful candidate may be asked to provide (limited) assistance with teaching, student supervision and data management. S/he will join a dynamic research team (faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students).

How to Apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application form.

For more information please visit the official website.