Beques predoctorals: “Acculturation and linguistic acculturation of the descendants of migrants”


Contact Details

Where to send your application.

E-MAIL: clapresta (arrova)

DEADLINE: 31 – July


“Acculturation and linguistic acculturation of the descendants of migrants. Challenges and opportunities for language learning and linguistic and socio-educational inclusion (PAALDESMI)”

The summary of the project is:

One of the greatest challenges faced by the Spanish society in general, and the Catalan in particular, refers to the incorporation of the descendants of immigrants in equal conditions.

This circumstance acquires a singular relevance if we try to avoid, from the beginning of schooling, the emergence of segregated and/or marginalized acculturation profiles, which tend to lead to conflicts of coexistence such as those experienced in neighboring countries.

In this regard, the Theory of Acculturation postulates that these young people construct different profiles depending on the maintenance of their culture and identity and the incorporation of those belonging to the majority group(s). Profiles that tend to produce psychosocial and educational adjustments that can be more or less satisfactory. However, when we refer to bilingual social contexts, in addition to the usual configurations of cultural identity acculturation, it is absolutely essential to pay specific attention to linguistic acculturation patterns. Undoubtedly, the role of the Education System is crucial both in the formation of the aforementioned profiles and in the consequences of an academic performance that will be mediated by linguistic success and linguistic and socio-educational inclusion.

With this background, we focus on Catalonia, and on the particular case of the descendants of Romanians and Moroccans who are in the last stage of compulsory secondary education.

Thus, the aim of the project is to analyze their patterns of acculturation and linguistic acculturation, and the interrelation that is established with linguistic performance and the degree of linguistic and socio-educational inclusion.

Methodologically, we will combine quantitative and qualitative social research techniques, with the aim of obtaining more profound and reliable data about our object of study. The expected results of the research should generate scientific knowledge on the base of which to propose didactic and socio-educational measures in order to optimize the language learning and the social and educational inclusion of these young people.



Master’s Degree or equivalent (300 ECTS credits without Master’s Degree title, comprising Bachelor’s and Master’s studies)

Good academic CV (minimum average qualification 6.5/10)

The average qualification should be computed following the criteria approved by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports as explained in the webpage,

Highly motivated candidates with initiative team-working abilities

Specific Requirements

Quantitative Research Techniques. Statistical Analysis Software (SPSS, R, etc.): Medium – High Level

Qualitative Research Techniques: Qualitative Analysis Software (ATLAS-Ti, etc.): Medium – High Level

Required Languages

Spanish: Good

English: Good


Position available for 1 year. After evaluation at the end of the first year, the contract can be extended up to 2 years more

Gross salary around 15.000 € / year

Eligibility criteria

Selection process

Applicants interested in this position, please send updated CV to the contact above.

Grades and qualifications of all subjects (Bachellor and Master) shall be included.

Additional comments

Previous experience in Educational, Language and/or Social Science Research will be valued