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.
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.