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International Placement Scheme 2020

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In the context of increasingly globalised connections, challenges and opportunities, the need for researchers to build international experiences is stronger than ever.

This annual scheme, now in its 16th 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. The scheme - described as an ‘IPS Fellowship’ - gives researchers dedicated access to internationally renowned collections, programmes and expertise.

There are placements available at the following institutions:

The scheme gives Fellows an unparalleled opportunity to study at an overseas institution and immerse yourself in the culture of the host country, whilst gaining invaluable experience in a non-UK research environment. You’ll gain access to the host institute’s collections, resources, facilities and scholars/curators; and will have the opportunity to develop your networking skills and forge new collaborations.

The total funding awarded consists of a one off £870 stipend (for travel and visa costs) and a living stipend of £1,500 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: 14/02/2020



Deadline for submissions


Peer Review

17/02/20 – 29/03/20

Panel meeting date

30/03/20 – 30/04/20

Funding decisions to be issued

Mid-End of May 2020

Start date of awards

Varies dependent on Placement Institution

End date of awards

Varies dependent on Placement Institution


How to make an application

Applications should be submitted through the Je-S system at the latest by 4pm on 14/02/20, and will need to go through the appropriate institution submission process. You should submit your proposal using the Research Councils’ Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) System.

To prepare a proposal form in Je-S:

  • log-in to your account and choose ‘Documents’ from the menu
  • then select ‘New Document’
  • ‘AHRC’ as the Council
  • ‘Studentship Proposal’ as the Document Type
  • ’International Placements’ as the Scheme
  • ‘Host Institution name’ as the Call/Type/Mode and
  • ‘Create Document’.

Further Information

Please refer to the Call guidance (PDF, 399KB) and Je-s guidance (PDF, 239KB) documents for details on how to apply.


For queries about this call such as eligible activities and costs or remit of the call please contact AHRC or telephone: 01793 416060 (available Monday to Friday 08:30-16:30).

For queries on using Je-S such as creating and submitting the application form or Je-S account creation, please contact the Je-S Helpdesk or telephone: 01793 444164 (available  Monday to Friday 08:30 – 17:00).

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