International Placement Scheme: Library of Congress

Return to opportunities


Enhance your research with a fellowship of up to six months at the largest library in the world.

Exciting opportunities exist for early career researchers, research assistants and AHRC/ESRC*-funded PhD students to undertake three to six month research fellowships at the Library of Congress (LoC), as part of the International Placement Scheme.

Due to the vast breadth and depth of their collections, the LoC is not limited to those researching American Studies. With 12,000 new items added daily to over 160 million items in 470 languages,on 838 miles of bookshelves, researchers in all fields are sure to find relevant materials.

About the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the USA's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

International Placement Scheme (IPS) fellows will be based at the John W Kluge Center, within the LoC. The Kluge Center occupies inspirational study and meeting spaces in the Library's magnificent Jefferson Building, for international scholars with a shared interest in exploiting the LoC’s extensive collections.

LoC encourages potential IPS applicants to search its Library of Congress collection catalogue or use its 'Ask a Librarian' feature.

The Library of Congress would particularly welcome IPS applications that make use of its Motion Picture and Recorded Sound collection as well as its foreign language materials. Projects related to Digital Humanities would also be particularly welcome.

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 Library of Congress Privileges

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

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

IPS LoC fellows will have an individual office space, with a PC, free printing etc. where books are delivered to them, as well as access to LoC’s collections, resources, facilities, curators and other scholars.

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

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 21/01/2016

16.00 on Thursday 21/01/2016.

Outcomes for IPS applications to the Library of Congress will be emailed to candidates and their RO by 1st June 2016.

How to make an application

Candidates MUST ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria as outlined on the main IPS webpage.

Applications MUST be made online via the RCUK Je-S system. A sample version of the application form is available, for information only. Detailed instructions on how to apply via Je-S are published in the 'LoC Library IPS Application Guidance' below.

Applicants MUST consult the ‘Library of Congress IPS Application Guidance’. This guidance contains detailed information on eligibility, privileges, application administration and how to apply.

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their application with LoC to ensure that the fellowship duration they request is appropriate, and that the materials they wish to consult will be available. Collections contacts are available on the Library of Congress website.

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 above 'LoC IPS Application Guidance' for further details.

Further Information

IPS fellows discuss their experiences in this short film.

IPS Overview Presentation from AHRC Staff. (pptx file, 15.4MB)

Library of Congress, Fellow's presentation by Bonny Brooks. (pptx file, 5.2MB)

Library of Congress, Fellow's presentation by Roxana Pessoa. (pptx file, 23.9MB)

IPS Showcases

The AHRC and ESRC hosted two events to showcase IPS opportunities on 2nd and 6th November 2015.

Twitter Chat

The AHRC and IPS fellows and alumni held a Twitter chat from 2-3pm on Wednesday 11th November 2015. Follow the conversation #AHRCIPS.  You can also read a summary of our 2014 & 2013 Twitter chats. 

LoC Alumni Presentations

Jen Morgan, PhD student, University of Salford, 2012/13 AHRC LoC Fellow

Gemma Mitchell, PhD student, University of Strathclyde, 2011/12 AHRC LoC Fellow

Peter West-Oram, PhD student, University of Birmingham, 2011/12 AHRC LoC Fellow

Dr Bohdan Piasecki, PhD student, University of Warwick, 2008 AHRC LoC Fellow

Past IPS LoC Fellowship Awards

2015 Library of Congress Scholarship awards (PDF, 227KB)

2014 Library of Congress Scholarship awards (PDF, 104KB)

2013 Library of Congress Scholarship awards (PDF, 366KB)

2012 Library of Congress Scholarship awards (PDF, 234KB)

2011 Library of Congress Scholarship awards (PDF, 172KB)

2010 Library of Congress Scholarship awards (PDF, 126KB)

2009 Library of Congress Scholarship awards (PDF, 131KB)

2008 Library of Congress Scholarship awards (PDF, 104KB)


If you have any queries not answered by the scheme guidance documents, please contact or telephone 01793 416060.

Return to archived opportunities