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International Placement Scheme Short-term Fellowships at the Harry Ransom Center

Enhance your research with a fellowship at one of the world’s premier research institutions.

The AHRC is delighted to announce exciting opportunities for early career researchers, post-doctoral research assistants and AHRC-funded doctoral students to undertake two to three month funded fellowships at the Harry Ransom Center, at the University of Texas at Austin, as part of the International Placement Scheme (IPS).

About the Harry Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center is a world-leading research institution, dedicated to advancing the study of the arts and humanities by acquiring, preserving, and making accessible original cultural materials.

Specializing in literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts, the Center’s extensive collections include: 42 million manuscripts; nearly one million rare books; 5 million photographs; 100,000 works of art and design; as well as major collections in film and the performing arts.

The Center's many notable holdings include:

  • The Magnum Photos collection
  • The Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein Watergate papers
  • Three copies of the First Folio of William Shakespeare's plays
  • Paintings by Frida Kahlo; a complete set of Picasso's Vollard Suite
  • Extensive manuscript collections of David Foster Wallace, Lewis Carroll, Doris Lessing, Aleister Crowley, James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, Anne Sexton and Graham Greene
  • Archives of Robert De Niro, Tom Stoppard, Harry Houdini and David O. Selznick - including Gone with the Wind costumes, scripts, storyboards and screen tests.

The Center supports research through symposia and fellowships and provides education and enrichment for scholars, students, and the public through exhibitions and programs. The Center’s Conservation Department is charged with the care and preservation of its collections; its staff are active and expert researchers in conservation techniques.

The Center's collections are searchable online.

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 Privileges

IPS fellowships at the Harry Ransom Center are for two to three months. For this round, Harry Ransom Center fellowships may start from 1st September 2016 and must be completed by 31st May 2017.

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

IPS Harry Ransom Center fellows will have a shared office space, and enjoy access to the collections, resources, facilities, curators and other scholars at the Center, as well as those at The University of Texas at Austin.

IPS fellows at the Harry Ransom Center will be part of a cohort of international fellows, with opportunities to take part in workshops, conferences, symposia, special lectures, as well as present work to peers and mentors, and the opportunity to network and forge international contacts and collaborations, both at the Center and The University of Texas at Austin.

The Harry Ransom Center will provide IPS fellows with a list of local rental accommodations. Upon their arrival, fellows will be issued a University ID card that entitles them to free local bus travel, borrowing privileges with the University libraries, and a reduced-rate gym membership, among other privileges. More details may be found on the Center’s AHRC Fellowships webpage.