Graduate Student Position

Graduate Student Position

Rice University Department of Linguistics


Rice University’s Department of Linguistics is seeking expressions of interest from students to write a dissertation on language contact, variation and/or change in Australian Indigenous languages. Funding is guaranteed for four years (including stipend, tuition remission, field equipment and basic field work expenses). The position is funded through NSF CAREER  BCS-0643517 “Pama-Nyungan and the Prehistory of Australia”, awarded to Dr Claire Bowern. The start date is August (Fall), 2008. The successful applicant would also complete the requirements for a Rice linguistics PhD (for requirements, see General information about the department and graduate program can also be found at this address.


While a first degree in linguistics is not required for entry into Rice’s program, applicants for this position should have a strong background in linguistics. An MA is preferred, but BA candidates with a strong background in the field will also be considered.

Procedure for Application

Applicants for the position need to apply to Rice’s linguistics program and satisfy departmental admission requirements (application fee, GRE scores, TOEFL scores (if applicable), letters of recommendation, transcripts, application form, and other required application materials). Applicants should include in their statement of purpose that they are applying for this position. They should also state whether they would like to be considered in the general linguistics application pool should this position go to another applicant. We can only consider applications which have been submitted through official channels. In addition, applicants should send a letter to the PI which includes a summary of the student’s background, interests, experience, and why they would like to work on this project.

Address for applications:

The application to Rice should be submitted online; see for more information. 

The letter of application should be addressed to

Dr Claire Bowern

Department of Linguistics, MS-23
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, TX, 77005
Fax: (713) 348-4718

Deadline for applications: February 1st, 2008.

For more information, please contact Dr Claire Bowern (<my last name>

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