FILLED – Call for Graduate Student (MA/PhD) Applications (Deadline January 3rd, 2020)

Level: MA / PhD
Institution/Organization: University of Alberta 
Duties: Research 
Specialty Areas:

Morphology; Phonetics; Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation; Text/Corpus Linguistics, Indigenous Languages; Language Revitalization


The Alberta Language Technology Lab (ALTLab) in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta is offering two graduate student positions at the PhD (4 years) or MA (2 years) level in its graduate program, beginning in September 2020 within the research project: 21st Century Tools for Indigenous Languages, funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant in 2019 – 2026, see our partnership website for more information:

This partnership is hosted by the Alberta Language Technology Lab (ALTLab) and is led by Dr. Antti Arppe (Associate Professor & Partnership Director).  We are developing language technological models, tools, and resources for Indigenous languages in Canada, starting with Plains Cree (Algonquain) and Tsuut’ina (Dene), and plan to continue and expand work in other languages. These tools and resources include: intelligent electronic dictionaries, linguistically analyzed collections of spoken and written texts, spell-checkers, language learning and practice tools, and word form analyzers and generators, all created in collaboration with Indigenous communities in order to facilitate and support the use of their languages in all spheres of life by community members.  

Duties and responsibilities: 

Alongside studies in the Department’s graduate program, the graduate student will be expected to: 

  • support the development or maintenance of our current or future projects within ALTLab for our partnering communities.
  • conduct research that falls within the purview of ALTLab research interests on either the languages of our partners and/or another indigenous language (see our list of past publications from our ALTLab team and a full list of potential research topics.)

These positions require: 

We will prefer candidates with: 

  • experience in and knowledge of the phonetics/phonology and/or morphosyntax of Indigenous languages (North American Indigenous languages, in particular Plains Cree or other Algonquian language); and/or 
  • experience in computational linguistics and natural language processing (e.g. finite-state transducers, speech technology); and/or 
  • interest or experience in language documentation, language revitalization, and language learning. 
We offer: 
  • an opportunity to personally contribute to the practical retention of linguistic diversity; 
  • opportunities for well-rounded, comprehensive training in empirical research methods in field linguistics, psycholinguistics and corpus linguistics as well as in language technology; and 
  • a chance to participate in an international SSHRC funded Partnership involving collaboration with 27 researchers from 14 different partner organizations world-wide including leading research centers in the development of language technology and research on indigenous languages.
How to apply: 

To apply, send by email to our Partnership office (, Attn: Dr. Antti Arppe, ref: PhD 2020): 

  • a brief statement of research interests and relevant background; 
  • curriculum vitae (including possible publications and presentations); 
  • transcripts of university studies; and 
  • at least two confidential academic letters of reference delivered directly to Dr. Antti Arppe ( by the referees. 

We will start considering applications at the end of December 2019. These positions are open until filled, but we urge applications to be submitted by Friday Jan 3, 2020, in order to meet the Linguistics departmental regular graduate application deadline on Friday, Jan 10, 2020. These positions are for a start in September 2020.

For further information, please consult the the project website: and contact our Partnership office (, attn: Antti Arppe). 

Applications Deadline: 03-Jan-2020 

Contact Information: 

Partnership office (please note that there have been some posts with an incorrect * email address, which does NOT work).