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FPI 2022 - Call for a research scholarship to carry out the doctoral thesis in Multimodal Language Acquisition and Learning

Àrees d'especialitat: fonètica; fonologia; pragmàica; adquisició del llenguatge

Description:The research group Group of Prosodic and Gesture Studies and Prosody Lab at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Catalonia) announces an opening for a 4-year doctoral support position associated with.the project "Multimodal Communication (MCOM): The integration of prosody and gesture in human communication and in language learning" (PID2021-123823NB-I00), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. The goal of the project is to analyze from an experimental perspective how human prosodic and gesture patterns are integrated in language and how they can together help boost language learning.
The scholarship is financed through the Research Personnel Training program (FPI) of the Spanish Ministry of Science at EC-GREP group and will lead to the development of a doctoral thesis in the Department of Translation and Language Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). The FPI-2021 scholarships have a duration of up to 4 years and an annual gross salary of approximately € 16,250 for the first and second annuities, € 17,410 for the third and € 21,760 for the fourth. The position includes a monthly stipend, coverage by the Social Security system, and university fees related to doctoral study. The contract also includes the possibility of applying for a grant for a short-term internship in a lab abroad.

Specialty Areas: Linguistics / Bilingual language acquisition / Embodied Cognition / Narrative Intervention.

Application process: If you are interested, please contact Pilar Prieto (see contact information below) as soon as possible, and no later than January 20, 2023. Interested candidates are requested to send a motivation letter, a CV and a sample publication.
Interested parties will have to send their official application through the Spanish Ministry's website, providing the required documentation on the website from 12/01/2023 to 22/01/2023.

Contact information:

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Pilar Prieto
DTCL/Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Roc Boronat 138
Barcelona Catalunya 08018


Other grants

Different institutions offer grants for students who want to participate in research groups and do postgraduate courses. In this UPF webside there is a good summary of the grants available:


MA and PhD Programs

The members of the group teach in the following MA and PhD programs:

Theoretical and Applied Linguistics - MA

This is basically an academic and research programme providing postgraduate training in a variety of areas of theoretical and applied linguistics and which feeds lines of doctoral research in these fields as well as in computational linguistics and discourse analysis. The master's degree also has a professional aspect associated, above all, with language learning and lexicography and terminology. Click here for further information.

Cognitive Science and Liguistics - MA

CCiL is an interdisciplinary postgraduate program (Master’s and PhD) in Cognitive Science taught jointly by some of Catalonia’s leading universities. It has been designed to overcome the academic barriers that have grown up between the various disciplines that make up this broad field of study. The program focuses primarily on perception and language acquisition, the syntactic and semantic processing of speech, the relation between semantics and cognition, the logical structure of language and the epistemological and conceptual foundations of its study, the computational analysis of language and the relation between the different disciplines of Cognitive Science. Click here for further information.

Advanced Studies in Catalan Language and Literature - MA

The main objective of this master's degree is to provide specific training for students aiming to work on research into the Catalan language and literature, and to apply the acquired skills and knowledge to professions directly related with language and literature. This includes working as secondary school teachers, in publishing houses (assessment of publications, collections, handling of original manuscripts), planning activities to promote the language, and proofreading services for all types of businesses and institutions. Click here for further information.

Spanish Language and Hispanic Literature - MA

Providing researchers with complete and in-depth theoretical and practical training in the fields of Spanish language and Hispanic literature. Preparing professionals to carry out different tasks related to language and literature: teaching at all levels, cultural management, language industries (proofreading, editing, compilation of dictionaries, etc.), advertising and communication media, translation, etc. Click here for further information. 

Phonetics and Phonology - MA

This MA lasts onw year (60 ECTS) and it is articulated around 3 modules. The first two modules (phonetics and phonology) are common for all students. The third modules can be chosen among four specialities. Click here for further information.

Design and implementation: / Joan Borràs-Comes