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CfA: short-term fellowships (for PhD students) at the Centre “Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Computational, and Grammatical Aspects” in Potsdam (Germany), deadline: 30 September 2023

The Collaborative Research Centre CRC 1287 “Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Computational, and Grammatical Aspects” in Potsdam, Germany, invites applications for short-term fellowships available in 2024.

The linguistic system exhibits a high degree of variability at all levels of linguistic description. This variability in language can be characterised as a range of different possible linguistic behaviours that are available to an individual language user, a group of language users, or in specific languages. The variability is limited by the constraints of the underlying linguistic system and shaped by cognitive and social or communicative factors. This variability is not just reducible to random noise but provides an important source of information to explain and predict linguistic behaviour. By modelling the factors influencing linguistic behaviours, the CRC (22 PIs in 15 scientific projects, one transfer project, and three service projects) contributes to a better understanding of the underlying mental representations and processing architectures in individual language users, as well as of the grammatical options available in individual languages and specific linguistic varieties, and options shared by particular subgroups of languages users.

The CRC provides a fantastic research infrastructure including a large interdisciplinary network of researchers and its own graduate school (the MGK - Integrated Research Training Group).

We are offering several three- to four-month fellowships to PhD candidates 
from non-German universities who would like to carry out a collaborative 
research project within one of the projects of the CRC. Please see the 
available projects here: https://www.sfb1287.uni-potsdam.de/en/overview/.

The monthly fellowship is tax exempt and covers a basic amount (1365 EUR) 
plus direct costs (103 EUR) plus 400 EUR per child, if applicable. Holders 
of the grant need to cover health insurance on their own.

The University of Potsdam has a vibrant and interdisciplinary scientific 
community spanning many disciplines, including leading groups in the field 
of cognitive sciences 
(https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/cognitive-sciences/index). The University 
is located in the city of Potsdam, which is connected to Berlin city 
centre via a quick 30-minute train ride. Potsdam is an attractive 
historical city and its palaces are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Both 
cities are culturally vibrant and offer an unparalleled quality of life, 
as well as affordable cost of living.

The University of Potsdam values the diversity of its members and pursues 
the goals of equal opportunities regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic 
and social origin, religion/belief, disability, age, sexual orientation or 
identity. In the case of equal suitability, women in accordance with 
Section 7 (4) BbgHG and people with a severe disability will be given 
preferential consideration.

The fellowships require completed academic studies at an institute of 
higher learning (Master’s degree or equivalent) and enrolment in a PhD 
programme. Furthermore, before submitting the application, candidates must 
have approached the principal investigators in their project of interest 
with a developed proposal detailing (a) what they would do during their 
stay, and (b) how this relates to the aims of the CRC project. 
Applications that do not meet these criteria will not be accepted.

Please send your application as a single PDF file to 
mgk-sfb1287@uni-potsdam.de. This must include:

1. a short letter of motivation (max. 1 page)
2. a research proposal and timeline for the duration of the stay (2-4 pages)
3. a full CV including academic transcripts, list of publications/talks/presentations, a
web-link to a copy of the Master's thesis, and names and e-mail addresses of two referees.

Additionally, the research proposal should have a title and state which project within the CRC
the short-term researcher wants to be affiliated with (e.g., “B01”).

The deadline for the application for a fellowship in 2024 is September 30, 2023. Late
applications may be considered if positions are unfilled.

For more information: https://www.sfb1287.uni-potsdam.de/en/vacancies/. For further details
please contact the MGK coordinator, Raúl Bendezú, at mgk-sfb1287@uni-potsdam.de.

Best regards,
Dr. Anastasiya Dockhorn-Romanova
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