History of the scheme•Originally began in 2005 as the Library ofCongress (LoC) scheme, run jointly with ESRC•National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU),Japan launched 2008 as a separate butanalogous AHRC only scheme•A total of 153 awards have been made underboth schemes to date
Aims of the Scheme• Provide dedicated access to the internationallyrenowned research collections/ programmes/expertise held at the four scheme institutions•Through such access, to enhance the depth, rangeand quality of research activities conducted byscholars•Create opportunities for networking with otherinternational scholars at those institutions
Benefits• Placement between three and six months (Sarai capped at 3 months)• Access to host institute’s research facilities and scholars/curators• Includes flight & living costs
Who can apply?• Existing AHRC/ESRC* PhD or early career award holders or a research assistant on a funded project.• Award must be ‘live’• IPS placement must be within the period of the AHRC award – no extra time awarded• Placements must take place between 1st October 2012 and 30th September 2013• Full and part-time; full and fees-only*ESRC applicants may only apply to LoC scheme
AssessmentJoint process:- Applications peer reviewed by host institutions- AHRC make funding decision – outcomes 1st August 2012• Proposed research must be demonstrably relevant to the collections/ programmes/ expertise• Must ‘add value’ to the existing work of the applicant• Personal development opportunities through networking with the institute’s other research scholars• Effective use of the candidate’s time and at appropriate point in research• Language expertise where appropriate (NIHU)
How to apply•Scheme will go live in January 2012•Deadline 15th March 2012•Applications submitted electronically online via theRCUK Je-S system•There are two main parts to the form •Applicant section •Supervisor/mentor Statement•Application is submitted by the supervisor/mentor•Be aware that submitting the application toyour institution is not the same as submitting itto AHRC!
General Advice•Quality of applications received is high, so competition is tough•2011 had a 63% success rate, though the overwhelming majority ofapplications received a fundable grade.•Clearly identify the collections/research programmes/expertise youwish to access•Time spent at the institution must be of appropriate length•Make a case that the visit will take place at an appropriate time•Can address any potential networking or personal developmentopportunities.•It must be clear that the work to be done relates directly to andenhances your existing project