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International Placement Scheme: Library of Congress

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.