International Placement Scheme: Shanghai Theatre Academy

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Enhance your research with a fellowship of up to six four months at Shanghai Theatre Academy in China.

Exciting opportunities exist for early career researchers, post-doctoral research assistants and AHRC-funded doctoral students to undertake a three to four month funded fellowship at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, as part of the International Placement Scheme (IPS).

About Shanghai Theatre Academy

The Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) is a comprehensive university of performing arts. Co-sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of China and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, STA is one of the best higher education art institutions in China. It has grown from a single discipline school into an outstanding comprehensive university of performing and digital arts, fine arts, and visual cultures. It has a particular research strength in Chinese Theatre Studies. On the campus there are two professional theatres for educational practice and formal performance.

IPS STA fellows are required to have a basic level of Chinese language competency. This can be acquired during the IPS fellowship, which provides two weeks of Chinese language classes at STA before the fellowship officially starts. Regular language classes will continue alongside the IPS fellowship.

About the International Placement Scheme

The annual International Placement Scheme (IPS) 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 Library of Congress only.

IPS Shanghai Theatre Academy Privileges

IPS fellowships at Shanghai Theatre Academy are for three to four months. For candidates without Chinese language competency, two weeks will need to be added to the fellowship to allow for the initial language training. For this round, IPS Shanghai Theatre Academy fellowships may be taken from 1st September 2016 to 31st December 2016 OR 1st March 2017 - 30th June 2017.

Shanghai Theatre Academy IPS fellows receive a contribution of £600 towards their flights costs, their visa costs paid, plus £1200 for each month of the fellowship. For existing AHRC award holders, these costs will be paid in addition to the normal AHRC stipend paid as part of the existing AHRC award.

Shanghai Theatre Academy IPS fellows will have a working space, and enjoy access to the resources, facilities, curators and other scholars.

Shanghai Theatre Academy IPS fellows will have opportunities to take part in the full and varied campus activities, 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 Shanghai Theatre Academy will be emailed to candidates and their RO by 1st May 2016.

How to make an application

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

Applicants MUST consult the ‘Shanghai Theatre Academy IPS Application Guidance’ (PDF). This guidance contains detailed information on eligibility, privileges, application administration and how to apply.

Applicants MUST discuss their application with the Shanghai Theatre Academy to ensure that their proposed research and its duration are appropriate fellowship duration, and that the materials they wish to consult will be available. Shanghai Theatre Academy institutional contacts are in the 'Shanghai Theatre Academy IPS Application Guidance' above; Shanghai Theatre Academy research resources information is available on their website.

Applications MUST be made online via the RCUK Je-S system. A sample version of the application form is available here, for information only (PDF). Detailed instructions on how to apply via Je-S are published in the above ' Shanghai Theatre Academy IPS Application Guidance'.

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 ‘Shanghai Theatre Academy IPS Application Guidance’ above for further details.

Further Information

IPS fellows discuss their experiences in this short film.

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

Shanghai Theatre Academy, Fellow's presentation by Dr Haili Ma. (pptx file, 2.3MB)

IPS Showcases

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

Previous STA IPS Awards

2015 STA IPS Fellows (PDF, 107KB)

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. 


If you have any queries about applying to STA, please contact or telephone 01793 416060.

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