Empower the next generation of linguistics

MEDAL’s mission is to build expertise in data-driven linguistic methodology across the international consortium. We do this by:

  • Supporting early-career researchers with mobility grants
  • Developing collaborative research projects between the partner institutes
  • Providing training in linguistic research methods and soft skills

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Upcoming events

Communicating Linguistics II

Applying linguistic methods to linguistic communication with Gretchen McCulloch Gretchen McCulloch, the internet’s favourite linguist, is visiting Tartu on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2024. She will give a two-part hybrid workshop about Linguistics Communication. She will explore the forces that shape ...

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Consultations with Gretchen

Gretchen McCulloch will visit Tartu and Nijmegen and would like to meet enthusiastic early-career researchers to learn more about their research, and answer their questions about science communication. Tartu consultation dates When? Nijmegen consultation dates 2nd and 3rd of September ...

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High school outreach: Talk to the hand!

Talk to the hand! How sign languages express language with the body When we think about language we typically think of sounds and letters. But what about sign languages, the natural linguistic systems of deaf communities? Sign languages are real ...

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My best memory of my MEDAL Mobility visit was learning new technical skills and swimming the river Waal!

Pärtel Lippus

Associate Professor of Estonian Phonetics Partel Lippus

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International consortium

Methodological Excellence in Data-Driven Approaches to Linguistics (MEDAL) is an international consortium initiated by the University of Tartu in Estonia, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Radboud University in the Netherlands and the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. The project is funded
by the European Commission’s Twinning instrument and UK Research and Innovation.

Frequently asked questions

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What does MEDAL stand for?

Who qualifies as an early-career researcher?

You are an early-career researcher if you are an MA student, PhD Candidate or if it’s been 7 years or less since you defended your PhD.

I am an early-career researcher, can I apply for funding?

In general, MEDAL mobility funding is available to members of the MEDAL consortium partner institutions. Please check our Mobility page to see what type of funding you are eligible for.

What kind of support do you provide for early-career researchers?

We organise workshops on various topics including academic and soft skills useful in your academic career. Each year we hold a summer school highlighting the core methodologies in MEDAL: Corpus Linguistics (2023, Tartu), Experimental Methods (2024, Nijmegen), and Computational Modeling (2025, Birmingham). We also provide funding for research exchanges between the four partner institutions and for travel to the summer schools.

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