PhD scholarships in Applied Linguistics

By July 11, 2011News

Two Macquarie University PhD scholarships (MQRES) are available in the Department of Linguistics associated with the AMEP Longitudinal Study 2011-2014.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has contracted Macquarie University to undertake a 3-year longitudinal study into the relationship between language training and settlement outcomes of newly arrived migrants from non-English-speaking backgrounds. The project is an extension of a similar longitudinal study undertaken at Macquarie University in 2008 and 2009. The research report of the first phase of the study is available here.

It is the broad aim of the project to follow participants from Phase 1 of the study as well as a new cohort of newly arrived migrants over a 2.5-year period during their initial settlement in Australia in order to find out how they use English and how closely their engagement with English in the AMEP matches their communicative needs.

The project is co-directed by Prof Ingrid Piller and A/Prof Lynda Yates. Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, contact Professor Ingrid Piller or A/Prof Lynda Yates.

The 2011 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $22,860 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years.

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

This information is also available on Macquarie University’s scholarship website (scroll down to “Faculty of Human Sciences” > “AMEP Longitudinal Study”). The scholarships are open to Australian domestic candidates only. Please quote the allocation numbers 2011160 or 2011161 on your application.

Author Ingrid Piller

Dr Ingrid Piller is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Ingrid’s research expertise is in the fields of intercultural communication, bilingual education and the sociolinguistics of language learning and multilingualism in the contexts of migration and globalization.

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  • Very exciting area , thanks Ingrid for sharing it. Wish had not started my doctoral until now!


  • Meera-chan

    Wait for me! I have to get my Bachelor and Master first! I am really excited =D!
    Thanks for the post Professor

  • Mahnaz Sho’leh

    i really wish to study in australia in applied linguistics(phd). but i can’t afford it. i need a scholarship. would u plz help me how to do it? i’ll appreciate it. thanks.

    • Thank you for your interest. You might find relevant scholarship opportunities with Australia Awards; most Australian universities also have scholarships programs specifically for international students; details about the international scholarship program at Macquarie University, for instance, can be found here
      Good luck!.

  • Sefa Owusu

    I am lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics, University of Education , Winneba, Ghana. I would like to apply for a scholarship to read for a PhD degree in Applied Linguistics.
    Please, give me any further information.

    • Thank you for your interest! These scholarships have by now been filled and are closed. For generic scholarship opportunities for international students at Macquarie University refer to The site also provides general admission information. Follow the links to “Scholarships” and “International Students.” For applicants from some countries, Australia Awards might also be of interest. Good luck!

  • zafar bhatti

    I have done MPhil(Applied Linguistics). I would like to apply for a scholarship to read for a PhD degree in Applied Linguistics.
    Please, give me any further information.

  • Animut Tadele

    It is very impressive.I really need to learn applied linguistics(PHD) in your country. However, I need free scholarship. Otherwise, I cannot learn on my own since I live in Ethiopia where almost all people are extremely poor.

  • Maryam

    Dear professor,

    I am doing master course now in applied linguistics in Iran and going to study Ph.D abroad, but without funding it is impossible, I was wondering whether there is funding program in this university for international students, moreover my interests are in Teacher education and cultural beliefs of teachers and learners, as well as teacher identity.

    • Hi Maryam, thank you for your interest! Most Australian universities offer PhD scholarships for international students. These are highly competitive. To find out more, visit the websites of the universities you want to apply to but bear in mind that information about the PhD programs of Australian universities is usually to be found under “Higher Degree Research” or “HDR” on their websites … Good luck!

  • Martha

    A PhD in Applied Linguistics??? Wow! My dream!