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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 2016, IPS fellowships are available at:
- Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
- Huntington Library, San Marino, California, USA
- Library of Congress, Washington D.C., USA
- National Institutes for the Humanities, Japan
- Shanghai Theatre Academy, China
- Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., US
- Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
*ESRC candidates are eligible to apply to Library of Congress only.
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.
Privileges vary across hosts, but broadly IPS fellows will enjoy:
- A fellowship of two to six months.
- A travel contribution of up to £800, visa costs paid, plus £1200 for each month of the felllowship (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.
Closing Date: 21/01/2016
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. A sample version of the application form is available here, for information only. 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 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.
2016 Eligibility Requirements
For host-specific detailed eligibility information, please refer to the ‘Application Guidance’ for your chosen IPS host, which is published on their IPS webpage.
- All applicants must be resident in the UK.
- 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 or Independent Research Organizations.
- AHRC candidates may apply to all hosts. ESRC candidates may apply to the Library of Congress only.
- 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.
- Research assistants must be of doctoral standing and have a PhD or equivalent research experience.
- Doctoral students must be enrolled at an approved UK RO and be in receipt of AHRC/ESRC fees only or fees and maintenance 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- AHRC ECRs applying to National Institutes for the Humanities or Shanghai Theatre Academy must meet the ECR eligibility criteria 7 and 8 above. They are not required to hold or have held AHRC funding.
- 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 OR- have formally worked, or be currently working as a researcher on an AHRC funded research project.
- ESRC ECR candidates may apply to The Library of Congress only. They must meet the ECR eligibility criteria 6 and 7 above AND 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.
- Applicants must be applying to carry out primary research in an AHRC/ESRC* subject area/s; IPS fellowships cannot be used for writing up.
- 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.
- 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.
- Deferred entry applications are not permitted.
- There is no cap on the number of applications that an RO may submit.
If you have any queries not answered by the scheme guidance documents, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01793 416060.Return to archived opportunities