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[Hong Kong] PhD Studentships in Applied Linguistics and Professional Communication at City University of Hong Kong

Published on Apr 25 2009 // Asia, PhD, Postgraduate, Scholarships in Hong Kong

The Department of English at City University of Hong Kong announces the availability of studentships and research tuition scholarships for study leading towards Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics and Communication.

The Department of English at the City University of Hong Kong offers a range of programmes and courses in English for Professional Communication, Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language, Bilingual Education, English for Specific Purposes, English for Academic Purposes, English Literature, Cultural Studies, English Language Studies, and European Languages. We have an outstanding international faculty, including many world-renowned scholars in the fields of Applied Linguistics and Professional Communication. Each year, members of the department produce a range of international and local publications, including books, journal articles, and book chapters, and also present their work at major academic conferences all over the world.

Areas of Study

The Department of English admits postgraduate students with research interests in fields relevant to the Department’s areas of expertise. The programmes focus on a wide range of interdisciplinary theories and perspectives drawn from relevant domains in the social and behavioural sciences, the humanities and related professional fields. Our research areas include:

  • Studies of English applied linguistics and discourse analysis as used in professional communication, especially in cross-cultural settings, with particular focus on such areas as business, law, medicine, education, creative and cultural industries, computer-mediated discourse
  • Other areas of study include corpus linguistics, genre analysis, cross-cultural studies, language and law, forensic linguistics, second language acquisition, pragmatics, critical discourse analysis, language policy and planning.

Our offer

Successful applicants of studentships receive stipends of HK$13,440 (about €1,200 or US$1,730) per month for a maximum of three years. The studentships require residence in Hong Kong for at least half of the study period and they must result in a Ph.D. dissertation.

Research Degree tuition scholarships are also available which will waive half of the tuition fees for a maximum of three years.


Applicants should hold a higher degree by research (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized university in a related field such as Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Professional Communication, and Cultural Studies. Prior research experience is a plus.


For information about the Department of English and the application procedures, please visit our website provided above. For information about online application, please visit

Additional information

For additional information, interested applicants are welcome to contact

Dr. Alice Chan
Department of English, City University of Hong Kong
Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR

Applications Deadline: 02-Sep-2009

Contact Information:
Dr. Alice Chan

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