Linguistics PhD scholarship funded by Norwegian Research Council


A PhD Scholarship is offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, which is to conduct research on the Austronesian language Kara, spoken in New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. The position is affiliated to the project Where does grammar come from? The cognitive basis of transitivity and grammatical relations, funded by the Norwegian Research Council (see project web page here).

The successful applicant will produce a fieldwork­ based grammatical description of the Kara language, from a usage-based and discourse-oriented perspective. The PhD project will be part of a research group consisting of a researcher at ANU, as well as the project leader, a postdoc and a PhD candidate at the University of Oslo (UiO) in Norway. There will be opportunities for a research visit to UiO, as well as participation in other project activities such as workshops and project team meetings on specific themes relevant to the overall project goals. The project funding includes funds for fieldwork as well as other relevant travel.

Field of study

Students with a background in descriptive, typological and/or historical comparative linguistics


Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree with at least upper second-class honours (first class honours is preferred) or equivalent, or a Graduate Diploma or Master's degree with a significant research thesis component and/or relevant experience. Previous fieldwork experience is an advantage.


The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific provides additional top-up funds to support fieldwork, travel, and conference attendance of $7,500 plus $800 for thesis copy editing for the period of scholarship. 

Additional funding for fieldwork and other relevant research travel

How to apply

Applicants should express their interest by writing to Bethwyn Evans with the following documents;

  • Academic Transcript
  • CV
  • A one-page document outlining your interest in this research topic and why you are applying for this program; along with evidence of meeting the eligibility criteria criteria for PhD candidature at the Australian National University

Applicants will then be required to apply for admission through ANU

Further information

The expected start date for the project is February/March 2019. For further details on the nature and scope of the project, please contact Bethwyn Evans who is the ANU researcher on the Where does grammar come from? Project.