National Museum Institute in India joins AHRC International Placement Scheme

The National Museum Institute (NMI) in New Delhi has become the eighth institution to join the International Placement Scheme (IPS). NMI will join the scheme for a one year pilot in the first instance with the potential to become a permanent host upon review.

NMI is one of the leading centres in India for training and research in the field of art and cultural heritage, it is located within the premises of the National Museum which is one of the largest museums in India.

The fellowship scheme, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), is offering 71 placements across eight institutions. Applications for a placement on the programme have opened today (Monday 19 November 2018) and applicants have until Thursday 24 January 2019 to apply.

Visit the call page to apply at: ahrc.ukri.org/funding/apply-for-funding/current-opportunities/international-placement-scheme-2019.

Now in its 15th year, the scheme has previously awarded over 500 places to researchers.

Science and Innovation Minister Sam Gyimah said: “Helping our world-leading researchers go overseas to examine literature and historical artefacts is crucial to boosting knowledge and shape future research, and that is why programmes like the International Placement Scheme are so important.

“Research has no borders, and international collaboration is a vital element of supporting UK priorities identified through our modern Industrial Strategy and to create a Britain fit for the future.”

The full list of institutions offering placements in 2019 are:

  • Library of Congress in Washington will host 25 academics. It is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States and lays claim to the title of the largest library in the world. 
  • The National Institutes for the Humanities in Tokyo will host 11 academics. Made up of six institutions, which include the National Museum of Japanese History and the National Institute of Japanese Literature, they have more than 300 members across the fields of humanities and sciences committed to human culture research, the largest number of researchers in this field.
  • The Huntington Library in California will host 10 academics. With 7 million manuscripts and 430,000 rare books, it specialises in British and American history, literature, and the history of science, medicine and technology.
  • The National Museum Institute in New Delhi will host 5 academics to focus on History of Art and Museology. It is the largest museum in India. As well as its rich resource of galleries and collections, its library contains approximately 6,000 books and 67,000 slides covering a wide range of subjects from painting and sculpture to architecture.
  • The Smithsonian Institution will host 5 academics. It’s the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums, plus the national zoo. It has 154 million artefacts, works of art, and specimens. 
  • The Harry Ransom Center will host 5 academics. Based at the University of Texas, it specialises in literature, photography, film, art and the performing arts.
  • The Yale Center for British Art will host 5 academics. It has the largest collection of British art outside the UK. The collections include more than 2,000 paintings, 250 sculptures, 20,000 drawings and watercolours, 40,000 prints, and 35,000 rare books and manuscripts.
  • Shanghai Theatre Academy will host 4 academics. It has 37 specialities spread over three campuses, which includes two professional theatres.

The National Museum Institute in India will be the first institution on the International Placement Scheme to select scholars to do a two week return placement in the UK.