International Placement Scheme: Short-term Fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution

Enhance your research with a fellowship at the world's largest research and museum complex.

The AHRC is delighted to announce exciting opportunities for early career researchers, post-doctoral research assistants and AHRC-funded PhD students to undertake three to six month funded fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution, International Placement Scheme (IPS).

About the Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest research and museum complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, and nine research facilities. The Smithsonian's collections represent America’s rich heritage, art from across the globe, and the immense diversity of the natural and cultural world.

The total number of artefacts, works of art and specimens is estimated at 137 million. The scope of the collections is staggering—from ancient Chinese bronzes to the Star-Spangled Banner; from a 3.5 billion-year-old fossil to the Apollo lunar landing module; from the ruby slippers featured in The Wizard of Oz to presidential memorabilia. The Smithsonian also maintains 1.5 million library volumes and 89,000 cubic feet of archival material.

The Smithsonian is a leader in the field of protecting and preserving artefacts. Through its researchers at the Museum Conservation Institute, staff work to develop and improve conservation techniques and technologies critical for conserving museum collections.

The Smithsonian's individual institutions and collections are searchable online.

About the International Placement Scheme

The annual International Placement Scheme provides funded research fellowships at world-leading international research institutions for early career researchers, research assistants and AHRC/ESRC*-funded PhD students. From 2016, IPS fellowships are available at:

*ESRC candidates are eligible to apply to LoC, but not the other IPS institutions.

IPS Smithsonian Privileges

IPS Smithsonian fellowships are for three to six months. For the 2016/17 IPS round, Smithsonian fellowships may be taken from 1st October 2016 and must be completed by 30th September 2017.

IPS Smithsonian fellows receive a contribution of £600 towards their flights costs, their visa costs paid, plus £1200 for each month for the fellowship (in addition to their normal stipend paid as part of any existing AHRC award).

IPS Smithsonian fellows will have a working space, and enjoy access to the collections, resources, facilities, curators and other scholars at their chosen Smithsonian institution, as well as across the Smithsonian’s other institutions.

IPS Smithsonian fellows will be part of a cohort of international fellows, with opportunities to take part in workshops, conferences, symposia, special lectures, as well as present work to peers and mentors, and the opportunity to network and forge international contacts and collaborations.