Apply to study for a PhD

How to apply

CASCADE is a MSCA Doctoral Network based at five European universities.

CASCADE will provide funding to cover study fees and to support living costs for 10 doctoral projects. Candidates should apply to study one of the 10 doctoral projects listed below by submitting their application directly to the relevant university.

Please ensure that you read the eligibility requirements before submitting an application.

PhD1: Computer-assisted exploration of lexicalisation through time (University of Sheffield, UK)

PhD2: Automating the analysis of concepts through time (University of Sheffield, UK)

PhD3: The prototype structure of concept drift (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

PhD4: Underlying dimensions in conceptual change (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

PhD5: Measuring Change in Irish Literature (University College Cork, Ireland)

PhD6: Analysing Parallel Texts (University College Cork, Ireland)

PhD7: Diachronic development of text types in the English Language (Universität des Saarlandes, Germany)

PhD8: Modelling context for the analysis of language variation and change (Universität des Saarlandes, Germany)

PhD9: Political vocabulary of eighteenth-century Britain (University of Helsinki, Finland)

PhD10: Adapting computational methods to challenges in historical research at scale (University of Helsinki, Finland)


Each project is a full-time PhD position with the expected start in September 2024. The vacancy is open to applicants of all nationalities who comply with the mobility requirement and the degree requirement

  • applicants must not have resided in the country of the CASCADE university that will host them (university of the main supervisor) for more than 12 months in the 36 months preceding appointment
  • applicants must not hold a doctoral degree in any other field nor have failed a corresponding doctoral examination at another higher education institution. 

Additionally, each university and PhD project may have its own specific eligibility requirements. Please ensure that you read the relevant advert carefully.

Being part of an MSCA Doctoral Network means taking part in networking activities and spending time abroad. Each PhD candidate will be co-supervised by two academics within the consortium; they will be based at one of the universities of CASCADE and visit the university of their co-supervisor for a research stay, as well as have a shorter internship at an associated partner. They will be expected to participate in full in the training programme, consisting of summer schools, workshops, a regular online seminar, and other activities. 

CASCADE is committed to creating an environment in which all talents can develop to their maximum potential, regardless of gender, age, cultural origin, nationality or disability. We particularly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups to apply.

It is possible to apply for more than one position, in which case the applicant must send a separate email to, stating this and indicating their preference.

The recruitment process will be done centrally by the CASCADE selection committee.