Although Melbourne has the largest Greek population outside of Athens, only a third of school-aged children of Greek ancestry in Victoria are studying the Greek language in day school or through after-hours providers.

The Department of Languages and Linguistics at La Trobe University seeks a candidate to pursue a PhD thesis investigating parental attitudes to language learning in the Greek community of Melbourne.

In addition to carrying out an in depth study of this sociolinguistic question, the candidate will ideally engage with community and educational organisations to provide recommendations for encouraging Greek language learning. In addition to the La Trobe research scholarship, the Greek Community of Melbourne will provide additional support in the form of progress bonuses at regular intervals.

For those interested in applying, contact Professor James Walker at by 20 October with a copy of your CV and a letter outlining your interest in conducting this research.