Doctoral/Phd studies in Linguistics
Thread poster: ddelvecchio

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Dec 28, 2006


it's been a long time that I'm searching for news about this topic and I thought to post something here. I'm sure someone will be able to help me in my search.

I graduated about three years ago in Finno-ugristic and, although I have a job now,my dream has always been to do a Phd in the same subject or in Linguistics, studying the processes of birth and death of languages.
Do you know how could I find a University supporting me in this dream and, better, something that I could do at home so that if , for example, the U is in the US, I can really do it?
I speak and write fluently Italian (NS), English, German and Finnish

Thank you for your help.

P.S. You can also write me personally at


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Search online and submit application for graduate study Dec 28, 2006

Hi. In the US there's a linguistics department in many universities. With your undergradute degree you may apply for graduate study in linguistics, there are various forms of financial aid: scholarships, fellowships, teaching assistant (TA), research assistant (RA), etc, some aids are created for international students.

See, eg,

Also, look into exchange student programs, ask probably the ministry of education in the country you are in about the possible exchange student programs with other countries.


Maria Karra  Identity Verified
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Macquarie University Dec 29, 2006

Hi Davide,

If you're interested in distance education, take a look at the two doctoral degrees in linguistics offered by Macquarie University:



Natalia Elo  Identity Verified
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Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich Dec 29, 2006

Hi David,

I don't have more detailed information, but I suggest you have a look at the site of LMU in Munich. Apart from the possibility to do a PhD at the Finno-Ugric department

You can try the International PhD school

This an excerpt from their requirements:

Application requirements:

* University degree graded above average (Magister Artium, diploma, state board examination, Master of Arts (“with thesis”), Maîtrise, Laurea, etc.) in one of the subjects participating in the programme (technical terms subject to change according to university and country).

General Linguistics and Language Typology
Theoretical Linguistics
Phonetics and Verbal Communication
Psycholinguistics and Science of Speech

English Philology / Linguistics
Romance Philology / Linguistics
Slavic Philology / Linguistics
German as a foreign language / Transnational German Studies
German Linguistics

Comparative and Indo-European Linguistics
Finno-Ugric / Uralic Studies
Albanian Studies

The minimum grades laid down in the rules and regulations for the degree of Ph.D. of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, dating from the 12th December 2001. (“Promotionsordnung der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München für den Grad des Dr. phil.“ vom 18.3.1980, Fassung vom 12.12.2001, §4, Abs. 1)
* working knowledge in European academic languages (ideally three, at least two, one of them must be German; the knowledge of a non-European academic language is considered an advantage)

If you decide to study in Munich and need some information about the city, please feel free to contact me.

Good luck,

[Edited at 2006-12-29 17:51]


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Indiana U, U of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) + more Dec 29, 2006


With your background in Finno-Ugritic languages and assuming you want to develop that background into a doctorate program, you might well try the

o Indiana University at Bloomington (IU reportedly has good-sized departments in Finno-Ugritic and Ural-Altaic languages)

o Univerity of Michigan at Ann Arbor

IU and UMI have strong and diverse/flexible faculties in those languages and major fields of linguistics.

Other likely places in the US:

o Georgetown U., Washington, DC

o U. of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

o UNC, Chapel Hill, NC

o The U. of Texas at Austin, TX

Hope this helps. Good luck.


Stephen H. Franke
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

[Edited at 2006-12-29 12:44]


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Thank you all Dec 29, 2006

Thank you all for your suggestions, it's been great to see that maybe I will be able to realize this project...

Maybe I haven't cleraly pointed out in my post that I'm looking for a program that I can do/follow as part-time and in distance learning mode. I'm living and working full-time in I don't want to leave the job and move to other countries...

Thank you very much,


Malamati Tzonou
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Birmingham Jan 2, 2007

Hi Davide!
Have you heard of the modular or sandwich PhD programs at the University of Birmingham, UK?

I'm not sure if it would cover your topic, but have a look. It's aimed for people that want to study for a PhD, while working in another country. I'm looking into it myself and it sounds promising.

Good luck



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