International Placement Scheme 2018

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The International Placement Scheme (IPS) is an annual programme providing Research Fellowships to AHRC/ESRC1-funded doctoral students, early career researchers and doctoral-level research assistants.

The purpose of the Call – described as an ‘IPS Fellowship’ – is to provide Early Career Researchers (ECRs), doctoral level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC funded doctoral students with dedicated access to the internationally renowned collections, programmes and expertise held at the IPS institutions. These consist of seven world-leading, international institutions:

*Please note that ESRC-funded students will only be eligible to apply to the Library of Congress.

The AHRC offers differing numbers of placements at each institution (please see the guidance on costs section VI for the proposed numbers). Placements will be for 2-6 months; the total awarded consists of an £870 stipend for travel and visa costs and a living stipend of £1200 for each month of the fellowship.

The Call aims to:

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

• enhance the depth, range and quality of research activities conducted by scholars;

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

For guidance on how to apply to each of the institutions, the rules and eligibility of the scheme please see the IPS Call Guidance Document (PDF, 225KB)(PDF, 174KB).

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 25/01/2018

The call closes at 16:00 (GMT) on Thursday 25th January 2018.

Call timetable:



Application forms available on Je-S

8 November 2017

IPS Events

Mid November 2017

Deadline for submissions

25 January 2018;

16.00 (GMT)

Moderating Meetings

30 March 2018- 30 April 2018

Funding decisions to be issued (Outcome Letters)

Mid-End of May 2018

Start date of awards

Varies dependent on Placement Institution

How to make an application

Applications should be completed and submitted using the Research Councils’ Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) System (, and will need to go through the approval process at the UK research organisation prior to this deadline.

‘How to complete the Je-S application form for IPS’ provides guidance on the information that needs supplied, including what to enter in the application form itself and which attachments are permitted. Please consult the IPS Call document too while putting together an application.

Please note that we cannot accept applications directly from students: the application must come from the UK RO and be in the name of someone at the RO eligible to submit an application (for example a member of staff in the Research Office).

ECRs should submit their own application following the UK organisation’s approval and submission process.

There is no cap on the numbers of applications that can be submitted by a UK Research Organisation. 

Further Information

2018 Call Guidance (PDF, 225KB)

IPS Grading Scale (PDF, 99KB)

Stories from IPS fellows on our international blog: Research Beyond Borders


The Arts and Humanities Research Council are hosting a series of UK regional events in November 2017. The events are open to individuals who are interested in applying.

The event is an opportunity to:

  • Find out about the International Placement Scheme;
  • Hear from IPS alumni;
  • Ask AHRC any questions you may have;
  • Network with IPS Alumni and other potential applicants.

If you would like to register please click here.



Date/ Time

University of Glasgow 

University Union Building

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

10:00 – 14:00


University of Bristol

Graduate School

Thursday 23rd November 2017

10:00 – 14:00

**Limited places available**

University College London


Monday 27th November 2017

10:00 – 14:00


University of Manchester

Graduate School

Tuesday 28th November 2017

10:00 – 14:00

**Limited places available**



For UK/AHRC queries about this call such as eligible activities and costs or remit of the call email: or telephone 01793 41 6060

Enquiries relating to technical aspects of the Je-S form should be addressed to:

Je-S Helpdesk


Telephone: +44 (0)1793 444164

IPS Host Institution Contact Details:

Harry Ransom Center

Applicants may contact HRC if needed. Please see ‘Application Procedures’ for collection and contact information

Huntington Library

Use the Library drop down and Contacts page and select the most appropriate curator to contact

Library of Congress

Mary Lou Reker, Program Specialist, Library of Congress Office of Scholarly Programs ( – Mary Lou Reker will direct you to the appropriate individual

Shanghai Theatre Academy

Anne ZONG Yu, Assistant Director, STA International Cooperation Office, or, 0086-21- 62486050.

Smithsonian Institution

From this page please select a name by clicking into the 2017 SORS PDF and searching for the appropriate individual. If successful, the selected individual will act as advisor during the applicant’s time at Smithsonian. As such applicants must include the name and department of their advisor when submitting their application form to AHRC. When contacting the Smithsonian please use this template

Yale Center for British Art

Please use the departments page to find appropriate contacts from the Collections


NIHU Institutes

Contact department and email

Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

International Affairs Subsection

International Research Centre for Japanese Studies

Project Unit International Project Unit

National Museum of Ethnology International Cooperation Unit

National Museum of Japanese History

Department International Exchange Section

National Institute of Japanese Literature Research Support Unit, Administration

National Institute for Japanese Language & Linguistics Research Promotion Division




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