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UK academics given chance to study at leading research institutions around the world

Date: 05/06/2018

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have today announced 2018’s cohort for The International Placement Scheme (IPS) – 47 young academics at the start of their careers from across the UK who will now have access to seven world leading institutions, including the Smithsonian and the National Institute for the Humanities (NIHU) in Japan.

The IPS is an annual programme, which was launched in 2005, providing Research Fellowships to AHRC/ESRC funded doctoral students, early career researchers and doctoral level research assistants. Placements last between three and six months and over the last 13 years more than 500 academics have participated in the scheme.

Professor Roey Sweet, Director of Partnerships & Engagement at the Arts and Humanities Research Council, said: “The International Placement Scheme provides academics at the start of their careers with some exciting opportunities to build international links and have the experience of conducting research at some of the leading research institutions in the world.
“In the last decade hundreds of researchers from across the UK have had unique access to collections, resources and expertise, allowing them to enrich their research experience and bring fresh insight to the way that they work and collaborate with other academics.”

In previous years research subjects for those on the scheme have ranged from “Other People's Children: Adoption, Abduction and the Migration of Children in the British World, 1800-2000,” to “Poetic engagement with history and memory: mid-eighteenth-century graveyard poetry and the resurrected past”.   There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ IPS project as each one uses the wide variety of resources in the collections of the institutions, to bring a great depth to the areas of interest of each individual researcher.

Those taking up their places on the scheme this year are drawn from institutions across the UK, from the University of Exeter to the University of Edinburgh.

The main aim of the scheme is to provide applicants with dedicated access to the internationally renowned collections, programmes and expertise held at the seven world leading institutions:

  • Harry Ransom Center – University of Texas at Austin
  • The Huntington Library – California
  • The Library of Congress – Washington
  • National Institute for the Humanities (NIHU) – Japan
  • Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) – Shanghai, China
  • Smithsonian Institution – Washington
  • The Yale Centre for British Art (YCBA) – Connecticut

The IPS scheme is designed to enhance the depth, range and quality of research and to allow applicants the opportunity to develop networking links with other international scholars. The call to be part of the scheme in 2019 will open in the autumn of this year.

Building on a successful history of collaboration between the AHRC and the Smithsonian,  a new joint fellowship in digital scholarship has been launched, lasting between 3-6 months. The call aims to deliver a transformational impact on digital research methods and scholarship by building new partnerships between world-leading museums and cultural institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. The call opens this Friday (8 June) and applications need to be submitted by the 26 July. 


For more information, contact:
Press and Social Media Officer Joe Lewis T: 01793 41 6021 M: 07925891633 E: j.lewis@ahrc.ac.uk

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. The Arts and Humanities Research Council funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: history, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, languages, design, heritage, area studies, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98 million to fund research and postgraduate training, in collaboration with a number of partners.

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