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Funding Opportunities

International Placement Scheme


The annual International Placement Scheme (IPS) provides funded research fellowships at world-leading international research institutions for early career researchers, doctoral-level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC*-funded doctoral students. From 2014, IPS fellowships are available at:


*ESRC candidates are eligible to apply to Library of Congress, but not the other IPS institutions.

Aims of the International Placement Scheme

  • to provide early career researchers, doctoral-level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC-funded doctoral students with dedicated access to the internationally renowned research collections/ programmes/ expertise held at the host IPS institutions;

  • through such access, to enhance the depth, range and quality of research activities conducted by scholars;

  • to create opportunities for networking with other international scholars at those institutions.

IPS Privileges

Privileges vary across hosts, but broadly IPS fellows will enjoy:

  • A fellowship of two to six months.

  • A travel stipend of £600 - £800, visa costs paid, plus a £1200 monthly stipend (in addition to the normal stipend paid as part of any existing AHRC/ESRC award).

  • Some IPS hosts can help fellows find accommodation.

  • IPS fellows will have a working or office space, and enjoy access to their host’s collections, resources, facilities, curators and other scholars.

  • IPS fellows will be part of a cohort of international fellows, and receive support from hosts with a history of accommodating international fellows.

  • Opportunities to take part in workshops, conferences, symposia, special lectures, as well as present work to peers and mentors, and network and forge international contacts and collaboration.

  • Value added to current and future research and an enhancement to their CV.

IPS Resources

AHRC IPS fellows at the Library of Congress discuss their IPS experiences in this short film

IPS pamphlet (PDF 1.09MB, opens in new window)

IPS Presentation from AHRC staff (opens in new window)

Closing Dates


The closing date for the 2014 round was on 15 January 2014. The 2015 round is expected to launch in November 2014 and have a mid-January closing date.

How to make an application

Candidates MUST ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria below.

Applications MUST be made online via the RCUK Je-S system (opens in a new window). A sample version of the application form is available here, for information only (PDF 26.9KB, opens in new window). Please see the ‘IPS Application Guidance’ on the hosts’ IPS webpages for detailed instructions of how to apply using Je-S.

Applicants MUST consult the ‘Application Guidance’ for their chosen IPS host. This guidance is published on the hosts’ IPS webpages and contains detailed information on eligibility, privileges, application administration and how to apply.

Applicants are advised to discuss their application with their chosen IPS host to ensure that the fellowship duration they request is appropriate, and that the materials they wish to consult will be available. Links to collections catalogues and institutional contacts are available on each host's IPS webpage.

The AHRC cannot accept applications directly from students: the application may not be in the student’s name and the student’s RO must submit the application on their student’s behalf. Student applicants should therefore contact their RO prior to applying to check their internal submission process. Please see the ‘IPS Application Guidance’ on the hosts’ IPS webpages for further details.

Further Information

Further information about each of the host institutions, past IPS awards, eligibility, and how to apply can be found on each host’s AHRC IPS webpage.

For detailed eligibility information, please refer to the ‘Application Guidance’ for your chosen IPS host, which is published on their IPS webpage.

2014 Eligibility Requirements

1. All applicants must be resident in the UK.

2. Proposals may only be submitted by students or staff at approved UK Research Organizations (RO). Please check your institution against the list of approved Higher Education Institutions (opens in a new window) or Independent Research Organizations (opens in a new window).

3. AHRC candidates may apply to all hosts. ESRC candidates may apply to the Library of Congress only.

4. Applicants may be doctoral students, doctoral level research assistants or early career researchers (ECRs).

Research assistants must be of doctoral standing and have a PhD or equivalent research experience.

5. Doctoral students must be enrolled at an approved UK RO and be in receipt of AHRC/ESRC fees or full funding for their PhD (ESRC students may apply to The Library of Congress only). Their AHRC/ESRC PhD funding must be ‘live’ from the point of application and for the duration of the IPS fellowship. This disqualifies PhD students in their unfunded writing up year, unless they qualify as an ECR.

6. ECRs are defined as researchers who are either: within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training; or within six years of their first academic appointment (i.e. a paid contract of full/part time employment, with research and/or teaching listed as the primary function). This includes postdoctoral fellows and research assistants.

7. ECRs are required to have a contract of employment with an AHRC-approved UK RO. This contract must be in place at the time of application and must extend beyond the duration of the IPS fellowship.

8. AHRC ECRs applying to National Institutes for the Humanities must meet the ECR eligibility criteria 6 and 7 above. They are not required to hold or have held AHRC funding.

9. AHRC ECRs applying to all other hosts must meet the ECR eligibility criteria 6 and 7 above

AND must either

- hold, or have previously held AHRC funding, including postgraduate funding


- have formally worked, or be currently working as a researcher on an AHRC funded research project.

10. ESRC ECR candidates may apply to The Library of Congress only. They must meet the ECR eligibility criteria 6 and 7 above


must be working as a researcher on an ESRC-funded research project at the time of application and for the entire duration of the IPS fellowship.       

11. Applicants must be applying to carry out primary research in an AHRC/ESRC* subject area/s; IPS fellowships cannot be used for writing up.

12. Applicants may apply to multiple IPS institutions in this round, but they must make a separate, and distinct and non-concurrent application for each institution.

13. Applicants may hold a fellowship at the same IPS host once in each stage of their career i.e. once as a student and once as an ECR.

14. Deferred entry applications are not permitted.

15. There is no cap on the number of applications that an RO may submit.

For host-specific detailed eligibility information, please refer to the ‘Application Guidance’ for your chosen IPS host, which is published on their IPS webpage.


​If you have any queries not answered by the scheme guidance documents, please contact Allie Brown at the AHRC on ips@ahrc.ac.uk or telephone 01793 416074.