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Washington DC welcomes Bristol Fellows

27 October 2015

Two postgraduate students at the University of Bristol have been offered fellowships under the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) International Placement Scheme (IPS). The Fellowships will be based at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, USA.

The two Bristol IPS recipients are Hannah Clark in the School of Humanities, for her project ‘From Melton Mowbray to Middleburg: trans-Atlantic dialogues in fashionable fox-hunting, 1870-1930’, and Cameron Hunter from the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies for research into ‘US perceptions of China's space programme: a study of Congressional and declassified documents at the Library of Congress’.

The IPS offers early career researchers, research assistants and AHRC- and ESRC-funded PhD students the chance to undertake a research fellowship at several partner institutions in the USA and Japan, including the Library of Congress in Washington DC. The placements will enable the students to enhance their studies, while at the same time meeting new people, sharing ideas and broadening their academic careers.

The Library of Congress is the USA’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

Further information

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.

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