International Placement Scheme Showcase Invitation

The AHRC and ESRC invite you to a showcase of funded fellowship opportunities for PhD students and early career researchers (ECR), through our International Placement Scheme (IPS), at these world-leading international research institutions:

Harry Ransom Center, at The University of Texas at Austin, USA

 Huntington Library, California, USA

Library of Congress, Washington D.C., USA

National Institutes for the Humanities, Japan

Shanghai Theatre Academy, China

Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA

Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA

 IPS fellowships run for up to six months and include a travel and living stipend; unparalleled access to collections, facilities,curators and other scholars; and opportunities to present work, network and make international contacts.

The showcases will include presentations from IPS alumni and AHRC staff. Lunch will be provided, during which all speakers will be available to discuss the scheme.

The IPS is open to ECRs and AHRC & ESRC-funded PhD students. ESRC candidates may only apply to Library of Congress.The events are primarily aimed at eligible candidates, but relevant RO staff such as BGP/DTP co-ordinators would be welcome.

The two showcase dates are:
Monday 2nd November 2015, 11.00 – 15.00 at University of Westminster, Regent Street, London

Friday 6th November 2015, 11.00 – 15.00 at University of Manchester, Sackville St Campus, Manchester

Registration opens from 10.30.

 More information on the IPS, including host and eligibility information, agendas for each showcase and how to register to attend can be found via the main AHRC IPS webpage.

We will email you within five working days of registration to confirm whether you have been allocated a place.

Please direct queries not answered by our webpages to or call Allie Brown on 01793 416074.

We are also holding an IPS Twitter chat with IPS fellows, alumni and AHRC staff from 2-3pm on Wed 11th Nov 2015 – @ahrcpress, #AHRCIPS.


Calling all KCL Arts & Humanities PhDs! This one’s for you….

Please sign up for our inaugural Arts & Humanities PhD Careers Event, 2-6pm, Wednesday 24th June.

The line up for the event is now confirmed and we are delighted to welcome so many KCL alumni back to talk to you about what you might do on completing your PhD.


2pm Welcome and An Academic Life, Dr Emily Butterworth, Senior Lecturer, KCL French Dept

2.30pm  The Oakleigh Report: Life post-PhD, Dr Sue Carver, Head of Research Careers, AHRC

3pm Researchers in Schools: a new route into teaching, Dr Bryn James, Researchers in Schools teacher

3.30pm Break (drinks sponsored by The Graduate School)

4-5.30pm Speed Meet.  You will have the opportunity to talk to PhDs working in a variety of fields, including:

  • Laura Speers,  Researcher developer at QMUL
  • Nina Saeidi, Charity fundraiser in a call centre, luxury retail assistant for an architect, music journalist and photographer
  • Georgios Regkoukos, Tour guide and tour director for EF Cultural Tour, Welfare Manager at a summer school, and GTA
  • Megan Murray-Pepper, Teacher North London Collegiate School
  • Pyi Phyo Kyaw, Postdoc at King’s
  • Netti Farkas, Deloitte
  • Victoria Tuke, Policy Advisor – Defence Strategy & Priorities, Civil Service
  • Andreas Stradis, Campaigns & Operational Strategy, Civil Service
  • Molly Rosenburg, Royal Society of Literature
  • Dom O’Mahony, Boston Consulting Group
  • Bryn James, Teacher, Researchers in Schools
  • Rosie Andrious, Teaches New Testament Greek at King’s College London and Chaplain for Imperial College Healthcare Trust

We look forward to seeing you there! Sign up to attend via the Eventbrite page now.

Please email with any queries.

All the slots for CV checking are now filled.

Arts & Humanities PhD Careers Event

A major careers event specifically for Arts & Humanities PhD researchers.
14.00 – 18.00, 24 June 2015, K4U12, Strand Campus

This event looks at your career inside or outside of academia. With opportunities to hear about the academic labour market, the chance to get your CV checked, and an informal speed-meet with alumni and others from various industries, this is your chance to start thinking about your next step.

Hear from:

  • Arts & Humanities Research Council – discussing the findings of the 2014 Oakleigh report; a detailed survey into the issues faced by Arts and Humanities researchers in the period immediately following completion of a PhD –
  • Researchers in Schools – a teacher training and professional development programme exclusive to researchers who have completed a doctorate –
  • King’s Careers & Employability Careers Consultant – Sabrina Duggan talking about portfolio careers if working 9 to 5 just isn’t for you –

Speed meet:

  • Deloitte – Talk to recruiters from professional services firm Deloitte, to find out what they and similar companies look for when employing King’s graduates –
  • Civil Service Fast Stream – Working in the civil service can be a highly rewarding job with rapid career progression – uk/faststream
  • Current Arts & Humanities PhDs – find out first-hand about PhD careers in sectors including tourism, academia and researcher development.

CV check:

  • Be sure to book in a 15 minute CV check appointment to make sure it is up to scratch and ready to dazzle employers. Hurry though, only 18 appointments available! – book your place now via the Eventbrite page.

Critical Waves

Critical WavesCall for participants
Are you a postgraduate research student or early career researcher interested in exploring the experimental potential of radio in academic research?
Critical Waves aims to inspire creative approaches to academic research through an innovative series of talks and events, in person and on air, delivered by Birkbeck College in partnership with the ICA and Resonance 104.FM.

The internet and streaming technology have propelled us into a new era of radio. Recording devices on laptops and phones, free online audio-editing software, podcasts and internet-radio mean that producing and broadcasting radio content has never been easier. Drawing upon radio’s legacy as a forum for radical thought and experimentation, Critical Waves explores the potential of radio in academic research today.

There are 35 places available for current post-graduate research students and early career researchers to attend two days of talks and workshops taking place at the ICA and Birkbeck College in March and April 2015, which will offer inspiration and advice on radio production. Both events are free to attend and a light lunch will be provided. In response to the events participants will be expected to independently produce their own short radio programmes based on elements of their research. Continue reading

Museums and Communities Today

3 February 2015, 18.15-20.30, Science Museum Director’s Suite

A special event organised by the Public History Convenors Group (Institute of Historical Research) in conjunction with the Science Museum, the National Museums and Galleries Heads of Research and the AHRC.

A screening, presentation and panel discussion revealing the ways that museums, galleries, libraries and archives, with help from the AHRC’s ‘Connected Communities’ theme, have been working with many kinds of communities to tell new kinds of stories about collections, linking personal stories into the fabric of museum displays and the stories of objects. Followed by Questions and Answers from the speakers and other Museum participants in Connected Communities projects and a drinks reception.

All welcome. Admission is free but places are limited. Please register to attend before 2 February 2015 by sending an RSVP e-mail to:

Find out more on the Science Museum website.