Postgraduate Scholarship in an Empirical Study of the Global Translation Industry

Updated: almost 4 years ago
Deadline: 14 Dec 2015

Funding Body:

The University of Sydney


Postgraduate Scholarship in an Empirical Study of the Global Translation Industry

Research Areas:

Humanities & Social Sciences


Postgraduate Research


This project tackles the pressing issue of the lack of social visibility of translators and the translation profession in many parts of the world, a persistent social problem which threatens to hinder the development of a critical knowledge-based industry, i.e. the translation industry in Australia. This project aims to (1) bring new insights into the emerging international translation system to inform policy makers and the general public of the challenges and opportunities of developing this profitable and resilient service industry; and (2) conduct a systematic investigation of the influence of digital technologies and social media as mediating the influence of social visibility on translator and the profession. To address the first task, the international research team (UK, Australia, Brazil, Italy, Belgium, and USA) will build large-scale translational and multilingual media corpora and conduct multidimensional analyses of the corpora to identify a core set of social, cultural and research factors which underscore the sustainable growth of the industry and the development of international competitiveness. Secondly, this project will utilise multilingual data mining techniques such as public opinion mining, visualization and topic modelling, information extraction and linking, and other machine learning methods to deal with the processing and analysis of interactive and multimodal media data, which hold the key to an in-depth understanding of public attitudes towards translation and its social significance of promoting globalisation. 


Applications are open to domestic and international students. Applicants should be well qualified academically, with a good Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, a completed Masters or equivalent. Given the data-intensive nature of this project, especially regarding the collection, digitalisation, development and computational modelling of large-scale multilingual data bases (German/French/Italian/Chinese/Spanish/Dutch/ Portuguese), preference will  be given to: applicants who have relevant research background in translation studies with a good understanding of related data mining techniques; or applicants with qualifications of computational linguistics (strong statistical and programming skills) and proven fluency in at least one of the languages under study other than English. 

Amount awarded:

The scholarship is valued at $25,849 per annum (tax exempt) and may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Please note that this scholarship does not cover any tuition fees payable by international students.

Application guide:

Further information can be obtained from Associate Professor Christine Ji, Department of Chinese Studies, School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Sydney (Phone: +61 2 9351 4512; Email: ).

Applications should be sent direct to A/Prof Christine Ji at the above email address and should include:

-       an up-to-date resume including qualifications;

-       a copy of an academic transcript;

-       a list of research publications and grants awarded (if applicable);

-       two research writing samples or excerpts of research theses (in English);

-       a research proposal (up to 10 A4 pages);and

-       the names and contact details of at least two referees.  

Closing date:

14 December 2015

View or Apply

Similar Positions