An event was recently held at the University of Manchester on an International Placement Scheme offered by AHRC and ESRC. Funding is available to current AHRC or ESRC funded students and Early Career Researchers to spend up to 6 months at one of the worlds leading international research institutions accessing their world-class archives and collections.
Fellowships will provide privileged access to the extensive collections at the Library of Congress and Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C, The Huntingdon Library in California, Harry Ransom Centre at the University of Texas, The Yale Center for British Art or the National Institute for the Humanities in Japan. (Please note ESRC students can only apply for a fellowship at the Library of Congress.)
Potential applicants are strongly advised to access the online catalogues and research the collections at their chosen Institution. Applicants will need to identify speific collections and documents they need access to, and it is advised to speak to curators. (For some institutions it is essential to speak to a curator prior to applying.)
Application deadline is 14th January 2014, at 4pm and they are submitted via the online Je-s system. Please note you will need to submit the application a few days prior to this as there are internal approvals that need to take place in the system prior to formal submission.
-Research the collections!
-Name the collection/documents you want to access in your application and any academics at the Institution you could benefit from having the opportunity to meet with while you are there
-Match your research interests to the collection you need, and state how access to it will benefit your thesis/research.
-Explain why that collection suits your needs and what is unique about your need for it- is the collection rare or available nowhere else? Is it scattered across multiple sites elsewhere or hard to access?
-Check availability of the collection you need, and outline an itinerary of your time at the Institution if possible