International Placement Scheme: Library of CongressReturn 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.
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:
- 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., USA
- Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
* 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 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.
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
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