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IPS Fellowships Announced

Date: 23/05/2014

Thirty postgraduate students and early career researchers have been offered the opportunity to enhance their research with a fellowship of up to six months at some of the world's most prestigious libraries and research institutions.

In our increasingly globalised world, there is a need for researchers to build strong international experiences. The Arts and Humanities Research Council's International Placement Scheme (IPS) facilitates such experiences by providing funded fellowships at some of the world's leading research institutions, offering dedicated access to their globally renowned collections, resources and expertise. This unique opportunity enables postgraduate students and early career researchers to enrich their research, understandings and connections through immersion in thriving research cultures, with privileges unavailable to independent visiting scholars.

Two IPS researchers (PDF, 82KB) will be hosted by the Yale Center for British Art, a public art museum and research institute, home to the largest collection of British art outside the UK. One of the IPS projects is looking at 'Psychogeography in William Blake and Romantic British Art'. Psychogeography is an approach to geography that emphasise movement around urban environments. William Blake is thought to have been influenced by his many walks around the streets of London.

The Harry Ransom Center will host eight IPS fellows (PDF, 128KB), whose research will include 'Constructing Performance Histories of Samuel Beckett's Drama', which will use a collections of typescripts which shed new light on early productions ofSamuel Beckett's plays. The Ransom Center specialises in literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts; its vast collections include the first ever photograph.

The Huntington Library will be hosting 10 IPS fellows (PDF, 136KB). IPS projects include ‘Literature and the Eclipse of Darwinism, 1910-1939’, which will be using the biological papers at the Library. The Huntington Library specialises in British and American history, literature, and the history of science, medicine and technology.

Five IPS fellows (PDF, 124KB) will be hosted by the Smithsonian Institution, including one project which will be exploring the curation of the Early Flight Gallery at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian is the world's largest research and museum complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, and nine research facilities.

National Institutes for the Humanities in Japan (NIHU) will host three IPS fellows (PDF, 134KB). One of the IPS projects is looking at the response of Japanese artists to major events effecting the environment, such as Hiroshima and Fukushima. NIHU is made up of six institutes, which serve as hubs for researchers exploring human cultural activities and the relationship between humanity, society, and nature.

The AHRC still has up to 25 IPS Library of Congress fellowships to award. These will be announced in July 2014.

Notes to editors

  • For further information from the AHRC, please contact Danielle Moore-Chick on 01793 41 6021 or d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk
  • The annual International Placement Scheme (IPS) provides funded research fellowships at world-leading international research institutions for early career researchers, doctoral-level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC*-funded doctoral students. *ESRC candidates are eligible to apply to Library of Congress only.
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. 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. www.ahrc.ac.uk
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