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The Smithsonian Institution opens its doors to UK students

Date: 23/08/2013

This week, Professor Rick Rylance, the Chief Executive of the AHRC, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. USA. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, and nine research facilities. The Smithsonian Institution will now join the AHRC International Placement Scheme (IPS).

The IPS provides UK PhD students and Early Career Researchers with funded research fellowships of up to six months at prestigious overseas research institutions. IPS fellows will receive a travel and living stipend and enjoy dedicated access to the Smithsonian’s world-class research facilitates and staff expertise, as well as opportunities to network.

The MOU was co-signed by Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Under Secretary for History, Art, Culture, who commented on the Smithsonian’s deep British roots and opportunity to increase research in the arts and humanities. “We are pleased to be a part of this collaboration.”  Professor Rylance said that AHRC researchers are eager to explore knowledge at Smithsonian Institution.

Working with the Smithsonian Institution achieves AHRC’s Strategy’s aim on further developing of the IPS scheme to facilitate greater international mobility for UK researchers. “Exposure to international research at a formative stage can lead to longer-term relationships, exchanges of ideas and co-development of projects.”

An additional two new IPS hosts will be announced shortly. With these, from October 2013, the Smithsonian Institution will be one of six IPS hosts. Current hosts are: 

The 2014/15 IPS competition will open in early November 2013.  The application deadline will be early January 2014. IPS fellowships may be taken up from July or October 2014 depending on the host.

For further information, please contact: Danielle Moore-Chick, AHRC: 01793 416021 d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

  • New institutions may be added and eligibility may be further revised. Please monitor the AHRC IPS webpages for details.
  • 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.
  • Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. There are 6,000 Smithsonian employees, including approximately 500 scientists, and more than 6,500 volunteers. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visited the Smithsonian in 2009, with more than 175 million visits to the Smithsonian Web sites. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at 137 million. Find out more on the Smithsonian website
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