International Placement Scheme 2019

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Please note the deadline for applications to SmithsonianShanghai Theatre Academy (STA), Yale and National Museum Institute (NMI), New Delhi, India has been extended until the 21 February 2019.

This year will provide the largest number of opportunities to date, with the inclusion of a 8th Host there are now 71 placements available across the eight world-leading, international institutions.

Watch the video

Watch the video (2mins, 6secs) with Hannah Bayley from Keele University: My experience of the International Placement Scheme as she talks about her five-month fellowship in Japan.

The annual scheme, now in its 15th year, provides funded research fellowships at world-leading international research institutions for early career researchers, doctoral-level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC* funded doctoral students.

For the first time, this year the scheme will include placements at the National Museum Institute in New Delhi, alongside institutions from the USA, Japan and China. Placements to the National Museum Institute are available for 2019-2020 as a one year pilot in the first instance.

The scheme - described as an ‘IPS Fellowship’ - is designed to provide Early Career Researchers (ECRs), doctoral level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC funded doctoral students with dedicated access to the internationally renowned collections, programmes and expertise held at the IPS institutions across the world.

There are placements available at the following institutions:

  • Harry Ransom Center (HRC), The University of Texas at Austin, USA – 5 placements available
  • The Huntington Library, California, USA – 10 placements available
  • The Library of Congress (LoC), Washington DC, USA – 25 placements available
  • National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), Japan – 11 placements available
  • National Museum Institute (NMI), New Delhi, India – 5 placements available 
  • Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA), Shanghai, China - 5 placements available 
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA - 5 placements available 
  • The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), Connecticut, USA - 5 placements available 

*Please note that ESRC-funded students will only be eligible to apply to the Library of Congress.

Read the feature

Read the interview with Lance Pursey from the University of Birmingham: Going to Japan with the International Placement Scheme.

The number of placements available differs between each individual institution (please see the guidance on costs section VI for the proposed numbers). Placements can be for between 2 and 6 months; the total funding awarded consists of a one off £870 stipend (for travel and visa costs) and a living stipend of £1200 for each month of the fellowship.

Aims of the scheme

• Provide ECRs, doctoral level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC*- funded doctoral students, with dedicated access to the internationally renowned collections/ programmes/expertise held at the seven IPS institutions

• Enhance the depth, range and quality of research activities conducted by scholars

• Create opportunities for networking with other international scholars at those institutions.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 21/02/2019


Activity Date
Call open for submissions on Je-S 19 November 2018
Deadline for submissions for Library of Congress, Harry Ransom, NIHU and Smithsonian 24 January 2019, 16.00 - closed
Deadline for submissions for Yale Center for British Art, Shanghai Theatre Academy and National Museum Institute 21 February 2019, 16.00 - open
Office checks 25 January 2019 - 1 February 2019
Peer Review 1 February 2019 - 29 March 2019
Moderating meetings dates 29 March 2019 - 30 April 2019
Funding decisions to be issued (Outcome emails) mid/end of May 2019
Official Outcome Documents end of May - end of June
(if no changes to placement dates)
Start date of awards Varies dependent on Placement Institution
End date of awards Varies dependent on Placement Institution

Please note applications for the National Museum Institute cannot be completed in Je-S until the 30 November 2018.

How to make an application

Please note that all applications must be made through the cross-council Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) System.

When starting your application form in Je-S please see Je-S guidance:

 - Je-S Guidance notes (516KB PDF)

Please see call specification for detailed guidance:

 - IPS Guidance notes (418KB PDF)

Further Information

Please see IPS page at: for more detail regarding the host institutions.

Read our feature 'Witness to a cultural revolution in China' with an interview with award winner Dr Laura MacDonald, Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth.

Read also the interview with Medieval History PhD student Lance Pursey Going to Japan with the International Placement Scheme.


Please contact for further information regarding the 2019 IPS call.

The AHRC work with the UK Shared Business Services (UK SBS) to deliver all of our funding activities. All queries regarding eligibility for funding and applications in progress and also queries regarding current awards, should be directed to the SBS team dealing with your subject area using the contacts page

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