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Washington DC welcomes 27 Fellows

Date: 16/10/2015

Twenty-seven postgraduate students and early career researchers have been offered the opportunity to enhance their research with a fellowship in Washington DC, USA. The Fellowships will be based at the Library of Congress or Smithsonian Institution.

In an increasingly globalised world there is the 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.

The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest research and museum complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, and nine research facilities. The Smithsonian's collections represent America’s rich heritage, art from across the globe, and the immense diversity of the natural and cultural world. Five fellows will be hosted for up to six months; topics being researched will be include ‘Constructing a space race narrative: Cultural and curatorial depictions of the Soviet space programme during the Cold War’.

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. Due to the vast breadth and depth of their collections, the Library of Congress is not limited to those researching American Studies. With 12,000 new items added daily to over 158 million items in 470 languages, on 838 miles of bookshelves, researchers in all fields are sure to find relevant materials. Twenty-two fellows will be hosted during the six months the research will include ‘Conceptual Art in Britain, 1964-1979’ and ‘Forced and early marriage in British colonial Africa, 1927-55’.

The 2016/17 IPS scheme will open for applications from early November 2015. To find out more or to attend an IPS showcase event, or take part in our Twitter chat, please see the International Placement Scheme webpages

Notes to editors

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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