Blog from November, 2018

This year will provide the largest number of opportunities to date, with the inclusion of a 8th Host there are now 71 placements available across the eight world-leading, international institutions.

The annual scheme, now in its 15th year, provides funded research fellowships at world-leading international research institutions for early career researchers, doctoral-level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC*funded doctoral students.

For the first time, this year the scheme will include placements at the National Museum Institute in New Delhi, alongside institutions from the USA, Japan and China. Placements to the National Museum Institute are available for 2019-2020 as a one year pilot in the first instance.

The scheme - described as an ‘IPS Fellowship’ - is designed to provide Early Career Researchers (ECRs), doctoral level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC funded doctoral students with dedicated access to the internationally renowned collections, programmes and expertise held at the IPS institutions across the world.

There are placements available at the following institutions:

  • Harry Ransom Center (HRC), The University of Texas at Austin, USA – 5 placements available
  • The Huntington Library, California, USA – 10 placements available
  • The Library of Congress (LoC), Washington DC, USA – 25 placements available
  • National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), Japan – 11 placements available
  • National Museum Institute (NMI), New Delhi, India – 5 placements available 
  • Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA), Shanghai, China - 5 placements available 
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA - 5 placements available 
  • The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), Connecticut, USA - 5 placements available 

*Please note that ESRC-funded students will only be eligible to apply to the Library of Congress.

The number of placements available differs between each individual institution (please see the guidance on costs section VI for the proposed numbers). Placements can be for between 2 and 6 months; the total funding awarded consists of a one off £870 stipend (for travel and visa costs) and a living stipend of £1200 for each month of the fellowship.

Aims of the scheme

• Provide ECRs, doctoral level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC*- funded doctoral students, with dedicated access to the internationally renowned collections/ programmes/expertise held at the seven IPS institutions

• Enhance the depth, range and quality of research activities conducted by scholars

• Create opportunities for networking with other international scholars at those institutions.



Places still available at our Lifting the Lid Workshops. These events are designed to 'lift the lid' on the reality of working in and with the creative industries and cultural sector. These workshops will help you develop skills and networks for creative jobs and research collaborations.

  • Pitching your PhD Skills for Creative Jobs- Wed 5 December 2018
  • Creative Industries & Cultural Sector Deep Dive - Wed 6 February 2019
  • Coaching & Active Listening Training- Tue 22 January 2019



The Royal Institution (Ri) are looking for an intern to start in mid to late January to assist the Ri team with preparation for the Big Bang Fair in March. This placement will involve working with the Ri during the peak period for science engagement with schools in the UK, the period around National Science Week. Due to the focus of the internship, the dates are not flexible.

The role is based in Central London (with the requirement to travel to Birmingham for the Big Bang Fair) so students will be expected to base themselves within or near to London for the period of the placement. I understand that some funding bodies/DTPs offer expenses for this purpose.

The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on Tuesday 4 December and interviews are scheduled to be held during w/c 17 December.


We are excited to confirm that we are collaborating again with the wonderful team at the Royal Literary Fund to deliver a range of bespoke academic writing workshops. Further information and application forms can be found at M3C & Royal Literary Fund Writing Retreats 2019The deadline to apply for these opportunities is 7 December 2018. 


An international symposium on ‘Multilingual Practices in Early Modern Literary Culture’ will be held at the University of Birmingham on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 January 2019. For more information, see: . The event is open to all, and a full programme and a link to register (including a discounted rate for graduate students) will be posted on the page shortly – contact us for more details.

We’re offering a training and development opportunity for research students based at universities in the M3C network to attend the symposium and gain experience of how an academic event is run. We’re hoping to recruit one (or possibly two) graduate assistants who will attend both days of the symposium, and provide some additional support during the event where needed to ensure that it runs well (e.g. welcoming and registering participants, liaising with catering staff, directing people between locations, ensuring PowerPoints and handouts are ready etc.). This role is unpaid; however, we will cover all registration fees, travel and accommodation for the assistant(s).

If you are interested in this opportunity, then please send an email to Peter Auger ( and Sheldon Brammall ( explaining why you’re interested in the role, and how the symposium’s topic is relevant to your research. Please also confirm your availability for the dates of the symposium, and whether you have any visa restrictions that might make you unable to take up the role (we can discuss more if needed). If there are multiple applicants, we will choose the student(s) whose research interests suggest that they will gain most from the opportunity. We particularly encourage expressions of interest from students working in Modern Languages. Please contact us by Monday 19 November 2018 at the latest.



A group of University of Nottingham PhD students are designing a CDF bid to host a workshop that gives fellow postgraduates an opportunity to develop their understanding of blended learning pedagogy. Blended learning is learning that supports students’ face-to-face education through digital mediums and takes advantage of the pedagogical opportunities offered by Virtual Learning Environments such as Moodle. VLEs are becoming an increasingly important aspect of higher education and the ability to demonstrate proficiency in them is invaluable on the modern academic job market. We would love the support and assistance of fellow M4C students in setting up and advertising this workshop. No experience in VLEs or blended learning is required, only a willingness to learn more about this highly important professional skill.

If you would like to be involved please contact Gary Fisher at'


Are some approaches and pathways favoured more than others? How does research that deviates
from traditional practice enact its criticality? Do institutional or other boundaries affect/effect your
research? Can questioning the familiar elicit the unfamiliar? Is provocation necessary to re/define
your research territory? Does defining your research confine your research? How can addressing
these sorts of questions provide possibilities for the Arts and Humanities more broadly?

The Beyond Borders book will form an innovative transdisciplinary, cross-cultural and experimental
textual space that traverses (creative) research disciplines to reflect individual research
approaches, methodologies, ways of articulation and more. As the many intersecting fields of Arts
& Humanities research have evolved, so too has its inherent complexity and its propensity to push
the parameters of research itself.

This publication seeks to make visible and reflect on the pathways, roots and routes vital to
undertaking Arts and Humanities research. In doing so, it aims to explore the boundaries of writing,
the printed text and academia by bringing to the fore the many articulations, provocations and
performativities that underpin Arts & Humanities research.

The editors invite contributions that engage with these themes, questions and provocations in the
context of the Arts & Humanities that revolve around all edges of research, including:

• Method, process, mess
• Knowledge economies and epistemologies
• (Artistic) practice and praxis
• Creativity, experimentation, failure and risk
• Performativity
• Articulation and dissemination

We are seeking others to help develop a CDF application for a symposium/exploratory event around the theme of cultural democracy.

Arts Council England recently published its ‘Cultural Democracy in Practice’ report, sparking debate in professional and academic circles:

We are developing an event that brings together some of the key players in this debate. This includes industry professionals, artists, activists and academics. So far, agreed in principle, speakers include:

ACE CEO Darren Henley -

Dr Steven Hadley -

Dr Stephen Pritchard -

Prof Elenore Belfiore -

Stella Duffy -

Peter Stark -

Mohammed Ali -

The event will explore issues relating to;

  • Equality of access to cultural production and consumption
  • Cultural Value 
  • Methods of distributing cultural resources
  • The role of artists in social contexts/public life – instrumental, aesthetic etc
  • Role of grassroots creative practice in relation to cultural policy

This project has 4 core aims

To gather a range of perspectives, opinions and approaches to the distribution of cultural value.

To explore the practicability of cultural democracy.

To connect the M3C/M4C academic research community with cultural workers and public at neighborhood level.

  1. To stimulate collaborative approaches to cultural production at neighborhood level.

This is a draft sketch to get started. We welcome ideas and involvement of others to help us develop the event further.

If this is relevant to your research and/or you would like to be involved, please contact