We are delighted to announce that we have partnered with CRELLA (Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment) to offer two research scholarships for qualified students who intend to pursue PhD studies that involve text analysis. 

Financial support of £1000 per year for three years will be awarded to successful applicants studying at CRELLA at the University of Bedfordshire in October 2021.

Whilst all relevant topics would be considered, we are especially interested in the following topics: 

  • Textual features of the academic genre in the digital age
  • Use of metadiscourse markers by L2 English writers/speakers
  • Relationships between language input and output across levels of proficiency
  • Rethinking criterial lexical features of language materials at different CEFR levels 

What is Text Inspector? 

Text Inspector is an accessible web tool for analysing texts, particularly in terms of vocabulary, for second language learners. 

Using the latest research into Applied Linguistics, the tool is trusted by universities, colleges and organisations across the world and partners with CRELLA; The Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment at the University of Bedfordshire. 

The tool was created by Prof. Stephen Bax, a renowned Professor of Applied Linguistics at CRELLA and later, the Open University. 

Who is CRELLA? 

The Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA) at the University of Bedfordshire is recognised by the global language testing and assessment community as a world-leading research centre. 

Their core mission is to advance the field by ensuring that assessments reflect and keep pace with contemporary, real-world uses of language. 

Who is eligible for the Text Inspector/CRELLA research grant? 

Both UK/EU and international students in full-time and part-time studies are eligible to receive this scholarship. 

Applicants should also hold a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics, Language Testing, a related area, or equivalent and have experience working in language learning and assessment. 

Non-native speaking EU and international students must have an IELTS score of band 7.0 above in all four skills. 

How to apply for the Text Inspector/CRELLA research grant

If you’d like to apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit an Expression of Interest (a brief research proposal of up to 1000 words) and a brief CV (up to two pages) to sathena.chan@beds.ac.uk or crella@beds.ac.uk by 31 March 2021.   

You can find guidelines on creating your research proposal on the CRELLA website here.   

If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an online interview in April 2021. 

Should your proposal be accepted, you will need to submit a full application through the Research Graduate School at the University of Bedfordshire. Full application deadlines are 6th August 2021 for UK and EU nationals and 30th June 2021 for international applicants. 

For information on tuition fees, click here.

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