International Placement Scheme: Short-term Fellowships at the Yale Center for British Art

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Enhance your research with a fellowship at the home of the largest collection of British art outside the UK

The AHRC is delighted to announce exciting opportunities for AHRC-funded doctoral students, early career researchers and post-doctoral research assistants to undertake three to six month funded placements as visiting scholars at the Yale Center for British Art, as part of the International Placement Scheme (IPS).

About the Yale Center for British Art

The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum and research institute, home to the largest collection of British art outside the UK. The Center’s collections provide an exceptional resource for understanding the story of British art, life and culture since the Elizabethan period.

The collections include: 2,000 paintings and 200 sculptures from the medieval to the contemporary; 20,000 drawings and watercolors and 30,000 prints; 35,000 rare books, manuscripts and ephemera; a reference library and archives with over 30,000 volumes. Works include masterpieces by Reynolds, Stubbs, Gainsborough, Turner, and Constable, and other major artists who lived and worked in Britain.

Research staff organize conferences, symposia, seminars, and lectures associated with exhibitions at the Center, as well as events more broadly related to the field of British art history. Additionally, they integrate the Center, its staff and researchers, with the larger scholarly community at Yale University and beyond, including the Yale in London program.

IPS scholars can take advantage of the world class resources at Yale, including the Yale libraries, the Beinecke library, and the Lewis Walpole Library.

The Center also houses modern facilities dedicated to the conservation and restoration of works of art in its collection, as well as works from the Yale University Art Gallery. Conservation staff are actively involved in scholarly research and education through lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and research projects.

The Center's collections may be of interest to scholars across a wide range of academic disciplines, such as, but not restricted to, museum studies, heritage, conservation, design, history or literature, rather than just those working Art or Art History.

The Center's collections are searchable on their website.

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 Yale Center for British Art Privileges

IPS placements at Yale Center for British Art are for three to six months. For the 2016/17 IPS round, Yale Center for British Art fellowships may be taken from 1st July 2016 and must be completed by 30th June 2017.

IPS Yale Center for British Art scholars receive a contribution of £600 towards their flights costs, 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 award). The Yale Center for British Art will assist IPS scholars with finding local accommodation.

IPS scholars will have a dedicated working space, and enjoy access to the collections, resources, facilities, curators and other scholars at the Yale Center for British Art, as well as those at Yale University.

IPS scholars at the Yale Center for British Art will be part of a cohort of international visiting scholars, with opportunities to take part in workshops, conferences, symposia, and special lectures, present work to peers and mentors, and enjoy the opportunity to network and forge international contacts and collaborations, both at the Center and Yale University.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 21/01/2016

16.00 on Thursday 21/01/2016

Outcomes for IPS applications to the Yale Center for British Art 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 ‘Yale Center for British Art Application Guidance’ before preparing their application (PDF). This guidance contains detailed information on eligibility, privileges, application administration, and how to apply.

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their application with the Yale Center for British Art to ensure that the placement duration they request is appropriate, and that the materials they wish to consult will be available. Collections contacts are available on the Center’s 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 ‘Yale Center for British Art IPS Application Guidance'.

The AHRC does not 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 ‘Yale Center for British Art 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)

Yale Center for British Art, Fellow's Presentation by Alice Insley. (pptx file, 13.6MB)

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. 


2015/16 Yale IPS Fellows (PDF, 82KB)

2014/15 Yale IPS Fellows (PDF, 126KB)


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

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