PhD Top-up scholarship in Linguistics within cross-corpus DoBeS project on three-participant events

Award Title

PhD Top-up scholarship in Linguistics within cross-corpus DoBeS project on three-participant events

Faculty/ School

Faculty of Arts, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Program


Clayton Campus, Melbourne


Top-up scholarship


3 years full time, beginning in 2014

(2013 rate)

$6,750 per annum (conditions apply)

Laptop & standard software up to a value of $1700


The project Cross-linguistic patterns in the encoding of three-participant events started in June 2013 as a cross-corpus project of the Documentation of Endangered Languages Program (DoBeS) of the Volkswagen Foundation (;  chief investigator: Anna Margetts (Monash University), co-applicants: Nikolaus Himmelmann (University of Cologne) and Katharina Haude (CNRS, Paris).  We are inviting applications for a second PhD Top-up scholarship within the project.

Project summary: The project investigates the linguistic encoding of events which involve three participants. It brings together three areas of study: the encoding of three-participant events, the typological parameter of basic valence orientation, and the field of text-based typology. (For more details see the project description)


PhD project: The PhD project will be concerned with the encoding of three-participant events and basic valence orientation, either (a) across the participating DoBeS language projects, (b) across a larger sample of languages or (c) in an individual language, e.g. on the basis of original fieldwork.



Applicants should have undergraduate degree in linguistics, together with first-class Honours or Master’s degree. They are expected to have a strong background in linguistic typology and the morpho-syntactic analysis of natural language data, preferably of under-documented non-Indo-European languages. Experience in working with linguistic text corpora of spoken language and with software programs such as ELAN and TOOLBOX is desirable. The successful applicant will take on selected research and administrative tasks within the project.


Consult the websites below for further information:

How to Apply


  • Send the following documentation as email attachments by 31 October 2013 to Anna Margetts:  (put “PhD Top-up” in the subject line):
    • a covering letter outlining relevant training and experience and stating the language(s) you intend to work on
    • CV
    • academic transcripts
    • Apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or Monash Graduate Scholarship(MGS) by 31 October 2013 (

Closing date: 31 October 2013

Conditions of Award

Conditions of Award (pdf)


Anna Margetts at: 

Sally Riley at