The applicant, Josep Soler-Carbonell, defended his Ph.D. ‘With Honors’ in Linguistics and Communication at the University of Barcelona in 2010, obtaining at the same time the European Doctorate. His dissertation addressed language attitudes and ideologies among Spanish and Catalan speakers in Barcelona, in comparison with those among Russian and Estonian speakers in Tallinn, and it attempted to look at how the globalization tendencies of our present-day era affected their ideologies about the sociolinguistic situation of their most immediate context. He has published in Catalan and Estonian peer-reviewed journals and has presented his work in several international conference venues (in Europe, and the U.S.). He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Anthropology, University of California San Diego (2009-2011) and currently holds the position of Lector in Catalan at the University of Oxford. The receiving institution, the University of Tartu, is the leading research university in Estonia. Established in 1632, it is one of the 600 top universities in the world (THE ranking). Its Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics is an internationally recognised centre for the study of Finno-Ugric languages. The proposed post-doctoral project will be conducted under the supervision of Dr Martin Ehala, a main participant of the large scale research project “Morphosyntactic structure and development of Estonian” Dr. Ehala’s main research activities are focused on language maintenance issues, particularly on developing the theory of ethnolinguistic vitality. The proposed postdoctoral research is to be an integral part of his research activities in this field. The main focus of the project is to analyse the role and perception of English as a ‘global’ language in academic research and higher education. The project is important to gather the necessary data that should help us critically assess the unquestioning belief of English as the global language.