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A Flurry of AHRC International Opportunities

International Placement Scheme (IPS)

The IPS call is open – as well as continuing with opportunities to visit some fantastic organisations in the USA and Japan, this year we have an exciting new host – the Shanghai Theatre Academy. The IPS scheme enables doctoral students, doctoral level researchers and Early Career Researchers to undertake a fellowship of 2-6 months. More information is available on the AHRC website and the deadline is 15th January 2015.

If you want to know what being a IPS fellow is like, we have several blog posts from previous award holders about their experiences, just click on the International Placement Scheme Tag to read more . We are always open to new suggestions of hosts, if you have a suggestion of somewhere that should be a part of this scheme, please do comment. One our current hosts, Harry Ransom center was previously suggested via a comment so it can work!

Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation Workshop in India

The AHRC, Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) and the British Library are organising a workshop on ‘Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India’. Funding is available for 20 UK based researchers to attend. Expression of Interest must be submitted by 4pm 30th January 2015. For more information please see the AHRC website.

International Co-Investigator continues

The AHRC pilot for International Co-investigator (Co-I) has been extended until 31st December 2016. We are very pleased with how this is progressing and have extended this to allow us to fully review all aspects of international Co-I on a grant through both application and award. International Co-Investigators are eligible on research grants, research networking and follow on fund applications (other schemes may also allow this but this is decided on a case by case basis so please consult call guidance).


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Humanities Fellowships at the National Humanities Center, USA


The National Humanities Center in the USA is seeking applicants for academic-year or one-semester residencies in 2015/16.  Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Emerging scholars as well as senior scholars from all areas of the humanities are welcome. The Center does not normally support the revision of doctoral dissertations.

Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes and universities. Fellows have private studies; the library service delivers all research materials. Scholars from all parts of the globe are encouraged to apply; travel expenses in addition to a stipend are provided. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2014. For further information please see the National Humanities Center website

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UnBOX Research Fellowships – a UK-India Joint Funding Initiative

Hot of the press!

AHRC have this morning announced a call for short term researcher fellowships in India.

This opportunity is part of a collaboration between the AHRC, British Council, UnBox festival and the UK’s Science and Innovation Network. It will enable successful applicants to spend up to five weeks in India in early January 2013 working on relevant research challenges. 

Applications are invited from researchers interested in undertaking a short-term fellowship with one of a variety of hosts in India in the run up to the 2013 UnBox Festival (6-10 Feb 2013) in Delhi. 

 The UnBox Festival builds momentum around design thinking and interdisciplinary collaborations to drive sustainable innovation for businesses, society and culture in India.

Successful applicants will form part of small teams working on research relevant challenges at each host for 3-4 weeks leading up to the festival. They will also attend the festival itself, where they will have the chance to bid for further AHRC small-scale funding to continue collaborations. 

Further details about this exciting opportunity are available on the AHRC’s website, here.

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Do you have research links with Japan?

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) has issued calls for two ‘programs’ (short- and long-term) under its ‘Invitation Fellowship Programs’ scheme.

Funded by a subsidy from the Japanese government, these fellowships enable international cooperation and mutual understanding through scientific research. Put simply, they enable researchers in Japan to invite fellow researchers from other countries to participate in ‘cooperative activities’ such as exchanging information, giving lectures, undertaking research.  So you will need a Japanese researcher to agree to be your ‘host’. 

The guidance makes it clear that all fields of humanities are included under these ‘programs’. Costs typically covered include round-trip airfare and domestic travel, per diem/monthly subsistence allowance and, in the case of the long-term fellowship, a contribution towards research expenses.

For FY 2013 (2013/14) there are short- and long-term opportunities. The period when an application can be submitted is only very short (5 days!) so be sure to plan early to avoid missing out.

Application deadline (for host institution)*:

Long Term:     3 – 7 September 2012  

Short Term:   3 – 7 September 2012 (first round of recruitment)
                       2 – 10 May 2013 (second round of recruitment)

*Be aware that the above deadlines are for the host institutions (who submit the applications) – i.e. you will need to liaise with the host to get relevant information to them well in advance of these dates. 

Further details on how to apply are available here: (refer to the links for ‘FY2013 Short Term’ or ‘FY2013 Long Term’ from the left hand menu for current application material).

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Last Chance to Apply: Taiwan Fellowships

Last Chance to Apply: Taiwan Fellowships

The Taiwan Fellowship was established by the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) for foreign experts and scholars interested in research related to Taiwan, cross-strait relations, mainland China, Asia-Pacific region and Chinese studies. The fellowship scheme enables successful applicants to conduct advanced research at universities or academic institutions in Taiwan.

This is an annual scheme (so if you miss this year, there is likely to be another chance next year) and, perhaps unusually, is specifically aimed at researchers specialising in humanities or social sciences.

There is an online application form which seems relatively straightforward to complete.  Costs covered include monthly grants and one round-trip, economy-class ticket to Taiwan.  The terms are three to 12 months.

Closing date for applications is: 15th July 2012

More information is available here:

If you have difficulty viewing the above weblink, please use the alternative web address as follows: Scroll to the bottom of the page for the relevant briefing.