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World-Class New Hosts for AHRC International Placement Scheme

Date: 01/11/2013

The AHRC is delighted to announce that Yale Center for British Art and the Harry Ransom Centre are joining the AHRC International Placement Scheme (IPS).

Home to the largest collection of British art outside the UK, Yale Center for British Art is an exceptional resource for understanding the story of British art, culture and life. Collections include 2,000 paintings and 200 sculptures from the medieval to the contemporary; 20,000 drawings and watercolors and 30,000 prints; 35,000 rare books and manuscripts; a reference library and archives with over 30,000 volumes; and two conservation studios. Works include masterpieces by Stubbs, Gainsborough, and Turner, as well as major artists who lived and worked in Britain.

Specialising in literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts, the Harry Ransom Center’s extensive collections include 42 million manuscripts; nearly one million rare books; 5 million photographs – including the first ever photograph; and 100,000 works of art. It holds one of the world’s strongest collections of 20th and 21st century British and American literature; as well as the holdings of key cultural figures – from The Magnum Photos Collection to Robert De Niro’s archive.

The AHRC IPS provides UK PhD students and early career researchers with funded research fellowships of up to six months at world-leading overseas research institutions. IPS fellows receive a travel and living stipend and enjoy dedicated access to their host’s exceptional collections, facilities and staff expertise, as well as opportunities to network and present their work to peers.

Working with the new IPS hosts achieves the AHRC’s Strategy aim on further developing the IPS to facilitate greater international mobility for UK researchers. Professor Rick Rylance, the Chief Executive of the AHRC commented that “Exposure to international research at a formative stage can lead to longer-term relationships, exchanges of ideas and co-development of projects.”

Also joining the IPS this year is The Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, and nine research facilities. 

More information on the 2014 IPS hosts can be found on their AHRC webpage:


IPS Showcase Events – November 2013

The AHRC is hosting two events to showcase these IPS opportunities. The showcases will include presentations from past IPS fellows; AHRC staff will advise on eligibility and give application guidance; all speakers and IPS alumni will be available at the networking lunch to discuss the scheme.

The events are primarily aimed at eligible candidates, but relevant RO staff such as BGP/DTP Coordinators, Heads of School/Department, Research Managers, PhD Supervisors and AHRC-funded Principal Investigators with project students/RA’s would also be welcome.

Showcase dates are:

• Friday 15th November 2013, 11.00 - 14.00 at University of Westminster, Regent Street, London

• Monday 18th November 2013, 11.00 - 14.00 at University of Manchester, Sackville St Campus, Manchester

Please register online at SurveyMonkey (Closed)

The 2014/15 IPS competition opens on 19th November 2013.  The application deadline is 15th January 2014. For more information please see the IPS webpages.

*ESRC-funded PhD students may apply to the Library of Congress, but not the other IPS hosts.


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