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International Placement Scheme

Date: 03/02/2012

AHRC launches new expanded International Placement Scheme

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has launched an expanded international placement scheme for 2012 offering their researchers new opportunities to enhance their projects at research institutions in the USA, India and Japan.

The AHRC International Placement Scheme (IPS) is aimed at supporting and encouraging the placement of AHRC funded UK postgraduate students and early career researchers on short-term fellowships at a number of overseas research institutions.

Placements for the academic year 2012/2013 are currently available in collaboration with four international institutions:

  • Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA 
  • National Institutes for the Humanities, Japan 
  • The Huntington Library, San Marino, California, USA 
  • Sarai Research Programme at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India

The scheme is open to UK postgraduate students and early career researchers* funded by the AHRC and successful applicants receive an award from the AHRC to contribute towards their flight costs and a monthly allowance in additional to their normal stipend/salary paid as part of their AHRC funding.

Applicants can apply to spend from three to six months at the overseas institution with dedicated access to their world-class research facilities, expertise and networking opportunities.

For 2012 applications must be submitted no later than 16:00 GMT on 15 March 2012 and further information about each of the host institutions and how to apply can be found on the following AHRC webpages:

Twitter: #AHRCIPS12


Notes to editors:

If you have any queries not answered by the scheme guidance documents, please contact Allie Brown at the AHRC on ips@ahrc.ac.uk or telephone 01793 416074.

*For the purpose of the IPS, the term 'early career researcher' is defined as a researcher who is either: i) within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training or ii) within six years of their first academic appointment.

Media contact:

 Jake Gilmore, mobile 07970 4586 / email: j.gilmore@ahrc.ac.uk

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC):

Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from languages and law, archaeology and English literature to design and creative and performing arts. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,100 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.

The USA Library of Congress and the Kluge Center:

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. The Library's mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. The Kluge Center at the Library presents a new opportunity to attract to Washington the best available minds in the scholarly world, facilitate their access to the Library's remarkable collection of the world's knowledge, and engage them in conversation with the U.S. Congress and other public figures.

National Institutes for the Humanities, Japan:

NIHU consists of the following six Inter-University Research Institutes which collectively support comprehensive academic research on culture and the humanities: 
International Research Centre for Japanese Studies 
National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics 
National Institute of Japanese Literature 
National Museum of Ethnology 
National Museum of Japanese History 
Research Institute for Humanity and Nature 
NIHU institutes offer world-class research facilities for scholars with an interest in exploiting the extensive collections they hold.

The Huntington Library, California, USA:

The Huntington Library is one of the world's great independent research libraries, specializing in British and American history and literature, and the history of science, medicine and technology. Among the collections, which span the 11th century to the present, are 7 million manuscripts, 410,000 rare books, 270,000 general collection books, and 1.3 million photographs, prints, and ephemera. The collections are large and diverse and some remain uncatalogued, so there are genuine opportunities for fellows to find undiscovered treasures. Applicants can consult The Huntington's library collections. 

Sarai Research Programme, Delhi, India

Sarai is a programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), one of India's leading research institutes, with a commitment to critical and dissenting thought and a focus on critically expanding the horizons of the discourse on development, particularly with reference to South Asia.

Unlike the three other IPS institutions, Sarai is a research environment rather than a collections-based resource. Sarai offers an alternative, non-profit space for an imaginative reconstitution of urban public culture, new/old media practice and research and critical cultural intervention. The framework of Sarai includes scholarly reflection and creative work on film and video, computers, telephony, print culture, radio, multimedia and the Internet.

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