...an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Difficult Language Training

Funding is available for students within the ESRC who require Difficult Language Training (DLT).  DLT can be arranged for students who need to develop a working ability with a difficult language in order to complete their fieldwork or other aspects of their research.  The ESRC has set up different 'groupings' for languages which are considered to warrant DLT.  Each language grouping provides guidance as to how much time will most likely be granted for a student to sufficiently grasp the language through DLT, however, please note these guidelines are flexible and may be altered according to the specific needs of the student.  For more information, please refer to Annex 3 on page 54 of the ESRC's Postgraduate Funding Guide to view the description of these different groupings.  If you are applying for a 2016 studentship through the ESRC, please give careful thought as whether or not you will require DLT, as you will have to mention your intentions of doing so in section 19 of your studentship application. If you are already an ESRC-funded student who has been awarded a studentship through the SEDTC and you have expressed your intentions of requiring DLT in your original studentship application, please consult with your local administrator for guidance on how to apply.  Please note that you must complete the South East DTC Difficult Language Training Application Form a minimum of 3 months before you plan on travelling.  If you are an ESRC-funded student who has been awarded a studentship through the SEDTC and you did not state your need of DLT in your original studentship application, you may still apply for DLT but must provide a strong argument as to why you now require DLT and consult with your local administrator on how best to proceed. 


SEDTC's Local Administrators:

Kent: Ros Beeching C.R.Beeching@kent.ac.uk

Reading: Joanna John j.john@reading.ac.uk

Royal Holloway: Jane Gawthrope esrcdtp@rhul.ac.uk

Surrey: Emma Dewhirst/Christine.Espitalier-Noel  e.dewhirst@surrey.ac.uk/c.espitalier-noel@surrey.ac.uk