Future Research Students: Applying for a PhD programme - School of Applied Language & Intercultural Studies

Research in SALIS

SALIS is a multilingual, multicultural research-focused school with specialisms in Modern Languages; Applied Linguistics; Translation Studies; and Cultural and Intercultural Studies. Our research frequently crosses disciplinary and linguistic boundaries and our scholarship is increasingly concerned with digital technologies; literacies; and practices in a variety of professional, academic and social contexts.

SALIS offers a multilingual and multicultural environment in which to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to study one or more of the following languages as part of the courses offered by SALIS: Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish. Furthermore, SALIS is home to the LanguaCulture Space, which is designed to promote informal language learning and authentic interactions between Irish and international students.

For our existing students: 

2020-21 SALIS PhD Handbook is now available!

Prospective students:

SALIS welcomes applications, both full-time and part-time basis, from postgraduates interested in the areas of expertise of our school. These are outlined on SALIS Website (http://www.dcu.ie/salis/research.shtml) for reference purposes.

Application procedure:

Interested candidates must first obtain the endorsement of a member of the academic staff in SALIS. Applications that are not supported by a potential supervisor in SALIS will not be considered. Before contacting a potential supervisor, candidates must ensure that their research topic aligns with the potential supervisor's research expertise. Candidates should not contact more than one faculty member simultaneously.  

Candidates should email their applications to the Director of the PhD Programme Dr Iker Erdocia (salisresearch@dcu.ie). The SALIS PhD Application Form is available here.

Important information:

Applications will be deemed ineligible in all cases where they:

  • Do not contain all the required elements including the application form completed in full, two references and academic transcripts;
  • Include material other than that required or exceed the word limits;
  • Show evidence of plagiarism;
  • Contain any false, misleading or unverifiable information;
  • The application is not endorsed by a member of SALIS;
  • Canvassing on behalf of applicants occurs.

After submitting your proposal:

The proposal will be assessed by academics from SALIS. Candidates may be invited to interview. Candidates whose applications are successful will be required to apply formally to DCU via the Student Application Portal. Note that applications submitted to the Student Application Portal before approval has given by the school will not be considered.

Funding / scholarship opportunities:

Candidates may self-fund or apply for funding schemes such as SALIS PhD Scholarship or the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme. Note that applications submitted to external funding programmes need to be approved by the School.

Other information:

For more information visit the Postgraduate Research Student information and the Doctoral Research Hub of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or the DCU Graduate Studies Office.

Application Workflow at a Glance: