AHRC International Placement Scheme (IPS)


The application deadline has been extended until 18 February 2020, 4pm.  

The scheme offers a number of fully-funded Research Fellowships to visit international institutions in 2020-21. With visits ranging from 2 to 6 months, IPS Fellows will benefit from dedicated access to the internationally renowned collections, programmes and expertise held at the following institutions:

  • Harry Ransom Center (HRC), The University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • The Huntington Library, California, USA
  • The Library of Congress (LoC), Washington DC, USA
  • National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), Japan
  • Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA), Shanghai, China
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
  • The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), Connecticut, USA
  • National Museum Institute (NMI), New Delhi, India


To be eligible, you must either be: 

  • A current Early Career Researcher (ECR), or
  • A doctoral level Research Assistant (with contract), or
  • A AHRC/ESRC funded PHD candidate (not in your writing up year at the time of application and visit)

It is fundamental that you have the support of your supervisor and that you investigate the hosts collections (online and/or via direct contact with scholars or curators at the host) to understand the holdings that will be available to you on your proposed visit.


The number of fellowships available differs between individual institutions – Please check the guidance document below and the AHRC website for detailed information.

Placements will be for 2-6 months.

The total awarded consists of a one off £870 stipend (for travel and visa costs) and a living stipend of £1,500 for each month of the fellowship.  You will continue to receive your AHRC/ESRC funding while on the IPS since you are expected to be working on your research project while there or the visit to be directly applicable/beneficial to your research project.

How to apply

If you are an ECRs, you can apply direct through the Je-s system – Please refer to the guidance on the AHRC website by the AHRC deadline. 

If you are a PhD researcher, you will need to apply through a nominated person in your own institution’s research office – please contact your Research Office for details on how to apply and on the internal deadline. For the University of Manchester, the institutional lead is the Placements and Partnerships Officer Dr. Rosalinda Quintieri (rosalinda.quintieri@manchester.ac.uk).

Please note, individual insitutions have internal deadlines in advance of the AHRC deadline, to allow for space to craft and tailor the final application. 

If you need more specific advice once you have read the guidance documents, please contact your institutional lead.  

The full Guidance document is available here.