Doctoral programme Multilingualism: acquisition, education and society

Objectives and structure


It is the aim of this programme to offer academic support as well as substantial and attractive input for doctoral students in multilingualism research.

1. General academic training in multilingualism research at the doctoral level
2. Specific training in one of the three areas of specialisation:

  • Language acquisition / usage and multilingualism (psycholinguistics)
  • Language learning / teaching and multilingualism (applied linguistics)
  • Society and multilingualism (sociolinguistics)

3. Training in research methods and as a researcher in multilingualism
4. Forming of research networks with other doctoral students (academic socialisation)


The programme consists of three modules:

Module A: General academic training
  • 1 workshop of 2 days every 2 years.
Module B: Thematic specialisation
  • 1 workshop of 2 days every year for each area of specialisation.
  • 1 Winter School (residential) for each area of specialisation every 3 years.
Module C: Soft Skills / Basic competences
  • Relevant courses are offered by the University of Fribourg. (The doctoral programme will not be able to cover any fees.)


The doctoral programme is carried out in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Language and Society of the University of Bern.



In order to participate in the programme, one of the following criteria must be met:

  • Doctoral student at the University of Fribourg in the area of Multilingualism and foreign language teaching or at the Institute of Multilingualism,
  • Doctoral student at the University of Bern who are enrolled in the Center for the Study of Language and Society,
  • Doctoral students at other institutions can participate depending on available places.


Doctoral students will have to apply specifically for each event organised by the programme. The modalities for inscription will be made available in due time.

For specific events, a maximum number of participants may be determined. For doctoral students of the partner institutions, a quota may be established. If the number of applications exceeds available places, the following selection criteria will be taken into consideration:

  • Link between the topic of the event and the PhD project
  • Stage of PhD
  • The professor in charge of the event will make the final choice.

The programme is not conceived as an interlinked and sequential curriculum, but as a training for doctoral students. They will have the opportunity to acquire and consolidate their competences as researchers in multilingualism.


The doctoral programme will cover for train tickets from the city of the partner university to the event venue.

Please send the form "reimbursement of expenses" with the original train tickets to the coordinator.

Persons / Research Areas

Programme coordination

Language acquisition / usage (psycholinguistics)
Language learning / teaching (applied linguistics)
Society (sociolinguistics)


Past Events

Module A: General academic training

Module B: Thematic specialisation Language acquisition/usage (psycholinguistics)

Module B: Thematic specialisation Language learning/teaching (applied linguistics)

Module B: Thematic specialisation Society (sociolinguistics)