Call for Applications to the Doctorate (PhD) in TESOL | Fall 2024

For Fall 2024 semester, the Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Nicosia announces the opening of six (6) positions for admission to the doctoral programme in the following areas.  

School School of Humanities and Social Sciences 
Duration 3 years (minimum) 
Number of Positions Six (6) 
Selection Criteria Preselection on the basis of evaluation of qualifications, proposal, and possible personal interview 
Application Deadline 15 May 2024 (Applicants will be notified whether they will be admitted to the programme in early July) 
Start Date September 2024 
Language  All aspects of the posts below are to be conducted in English (application submission, proposal, programme study, thesis) 

How to Apply 

For academic information related to the doctorate programme, contact the PhD TESOL programme coordinator Dr Christine Savvidou via email at [email protected]. 

The application must be submitted only via the online procedure available at or on the programme’s page.

Applications that do not include all the supporting documents or that do not concern the subject of the announced positions will not be accepted.

About the Programme:

One (1) PhD position in TESOL with emphasis on the perception/production of L2 English sounds.
The PhD will be supervised by Dr Georgios (George) Georgiou. The student will have the opportunity to work under the Phonetic Lab, For more information about the supervisor, visit Please contact the supervisor at [email protected] 

Two (2) PhD positions in TESOL PhD position in TESOL with emphasis on Translanguaging.
The PhD will be supervised by Dr Aretousa Giannakou. For more information, please contact [email protected]. 

Three (3) PhD positions in TESOL PhD position in TESOL with emphasis on the following areas: the use of technology in EFL; Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL); English Language Teaching/ Teaching Grammar.
The PhD will be supervised by Dr Antroulla Papakyriakou. For more information, please contact [email protected] 

Potential applicants should initially contact individual supervisors and send  

  • a full CV, 
  • a cover letter, and 
  • a 2000–2500-word research proposal (excluding references) on a relevant dissertation topic including a short literature review, the originality and importance of the study, aim and objectives, research questions, and methodology). 

Please note that this does not comprise an official application to the doctoral program. Potential applicants will be directed to the programme coordinator for guidance regarding their application.  

General admission criteria:

Applications for admission to the PhD programme will be considered only from candidates that fulfill the minimum entrance criteria as described below:  

  • Accredited Master’s degree in TESOL, or Applied Linguistics, or English Language/ Linguistics 
  • Teaching experience at least one year 
  • English language proficiency: Applicants should provide evidence of English language proficiency equivalent to C1-C2.  
  • Initial Research Proposal: An initial proposal (2,000-2,500 words, excluding references) outlining the research topic, aim and objectives, research questions and proposed research methodology. 
  • Application form: Applicants must submit an application form for admission and enrolment to the program. The application form requests general information about the applicant, their qualifications, relevant experience etc. 
  • Statement of Purpose: Applicants are required to submit a comprehensive outline highlighting their academic and individual competencies and state why they believe they are suitable for admission to the Program, as well as their reflections regarding the expectations and value of the Program for their personal advancement and career development. 
  • Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must obtain two recommendation letters from individuals who have known the applicant in an educational and/or professional environment. At least one of the recommendation letters must be from an academic institution where the applicant has studied previously. 
  • Previous theses/dissertations and any published work of academic relevance (if any). 
  • Individual Interviews: The interviews elicit motivation, potential and personal mission.