International Placement Scheme: Short-term Fellowships at The Huntington Library

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Enhance your research with a fellowship of up to six months at one of the world's great cultural, research and educational centres.

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

About The Huntington Library

The Huntington Library is one of the world’s great independent research libraries, specializing in British and American history and literature, and the history of science, medicine and technology. Among the collections, which span the 11th century to the present, are over 7 million manuscripts, 410,000 rare books, 270,000 general collection books, and 1.3 million photographs, prints, and ephemera. The collections are large and diverse and some remain uncatalogued, so there are genuine opportunities for fellows to find undiscovered treasures.

Applicants can consult The Huntington Library's collections.

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 LoC, but not the other IPS institutions.

IPS Huntington Privileges

IPS Huntington fellowships are for three to six months. For this round, IPS Huntington fellowships may be taken from 1st July 2016 and must be completed by 30th June 2017.

IPS fellows receive a contribution of up to £750 towards their travel, their visa costs paid, plus £1200 for each month of their fellowship (in addition to their normal stipend paid as part of any existing AHRC award).

IPS fellows will have a library space as well as access to Huntington’s collections, resources, facilities, curators and other scholars.

IPS fellows at Huntington form 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 Huntington will be emailed to candidates and their RO by 1st April 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 ‘Huntington Library IPS Application Guidance’ (PDF). This guidance contains detailed information on eligibility, privileges, application administration and how to apply.

Applicants MUST discuss their application with Huntington to ensure that the fellowship duration they request is appropriate, and that the materials they wish to consult will be available. Library contacts are available on The Huntington 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 (ODT). Detailed instructions on how to apply via Je-S are published in the above 'Huntington Library IPS Application Guidance'.

IPS Huntington applicants MUST submit an academic CV and second reference with their application.

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 'Huntington Library 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)

Presentation by 2014 IPS Huntington Library Fellow Dr Louise Wilson. (pptx file, 4.8MB)

Previous IPS Huntington awards

2015/16 IPS Huntington Library Fellows (PDF, 116KB)

2014/15 IPS Huntington Library Fellows (PDF, 136KB)

2013/14 IPS Huntington Library Fellows (PDF, 196KB)

2012/13 IPS Huntington Library Fellows (PDF, 141KB)

IPS Showcases

The AHRC and ESRC hosted two events to showcase IPS opportunities -  2nd November 2015 (London)6th November 2015 (Manchester).

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 not answered by the scheme guidance documents, please contact or telephone 01793 416060.

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