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Institute of Modern Languages Research

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Cross-Language Dynamics

The AHRC-funded Open World Research Initative intends to explore and foreground the central role that languages play in relation to key historical and contemporary issues, such as social cohesion, migration, health, business and diplomacy. The initiative seeks to have a significant impact on the study of modern languages in the UK. See more about the Institute of Modern Languages Research's Translingual Strand below:

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Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, at the centre of academic and intellectual life in London, the Institute of Modern Languages Research is home to a diverse, international and vibrant community of scholars covering our major language areas. 

Every year, we offer a range of opportunities for visiting scholars, with or without funding, to conduct research into any field relevant to the work of the Institute. Applications for 2019-20 now being accepted (closing date: 30 April 2019).


imlr books competition

imlr books

The Institute's book series in Modern Languages (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and comparative studies) now runs to 12 volumes. Volumes are selected by annual competition in the spring/summer. The 2019 competition closes on 30 May.


Regional Conference Grant Scheme


The Regional Conference Grant Scheme aims to support the study of modern languages outside London, to promote inter-institutional collaborations, and bring together scholars from the wider region as participants or attendees. Submit your proposal to win a grant of up to £2,500.


PhD studentships

The Institute and the School of Advanced Study has a range of scholarships and bursaries for doctoral students