Placement opportunities

We support doctoral researchers in securing high-quality placement opportunities nationally and internationally, with funding and one-to-one support, from application to delivery.

The Humanities Placement scheme supports Humanities researchers to apply to external placement opportunities advertised by external partners or other placement and Knowledge Exchange schemes, some of which are listed below. The list is not exhaustive and you can find your own external opportunities, for which you can receive funding support (Awards up to £3000) and coaching from pre-application to delivery.  

Please read the Guidance document in the Funding Support section, for more information on eligibility and how to apply for funding. 

Contact your PGR Placements and Partnerships Officer (contact details in the Guidance document) if you would like advice and feedback on a draft application before submitting to the external scheme. 

AHRC International Placement Scheme

The AHRC’s International Placement Scheme (IPS) funds short-term fellowships at prestigious international research institutions for UK doctoral researchers and research assistants currently funded by the AHRC and ESRC. The scheme runs annually, with places available across a number of different host institutions including: 

  • Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • The Huntington Library, California, USA
  • Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA
  • National Institutes for the Humanities, Japan
  • Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai, China
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
  • YaleCenterfor British Art, Connecticut, USA 
  • National Museum Institute, New Delhi, India 

Placements will last three to six months. Participants will receive £1,000 for travel and visa costs and £1,750 for each month of the fellowship. 

Application opens in November and closes in February every year. For 2022, applicants should complete and submit their application using the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system by 16:00 on Thursday, 24 February 2022. Applications will need to go through the internal Faculty approval process prior to this deadline and be submitted to the Placements and Placements Officer by Monday, 24 January 2022, for review and feedback. 

To apply, you will need to submit an application via the IPS/AHRC scheme. Please check the IPS page on the AHRC’s website for details. 

Open to: doctoral researchers, research assistants in the Faculty currently funded by the AHRC or the ESRC and ECRs.  

AHRC applicants must be applying to undertake primary research in an AHRC subject area for all hosts. ESRC applicants are only eligible to apply to Library of Congress and as such must be applying to undertake primary research in an ESRC subject area.

Researchers who are successful in securing a place in the external scheme, are then eligible under the Humanities Placement scheme to request additional funding to cover the expenses element of the placement, if these are not already covered by the main scheme. To request additional funding, please submit a PGR Placement Application Form by selecting the option ‘National/International scheme’ at the beginning of the form. Please find the link to the form and the Placement Framework document on our Placements home pageThere is no deadline to apply for this additional funding, however the online PGR Placement Application Form should be submitted promptly, soon after confirmation of your acceptance to the external scheme. 

We have now established a new internal process to support doctoral researchers looking to submit an application to the scheme. If you would like to receive bespoke support and specific feedback on your draft application, please contact the PGR Placements and Partnerships Officer in the Faculty of Humanities Dr Rosalinda Quintieri

UKRI Policy Internship scheme

The Policy Internships Scheme provides the opportunity for UKRI-funded PhD students to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations, on one or more policy topics relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce at least one briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event, or equivalent piece of work. 

Internships are available in a number of parliamentary departments, government departments and non-governmental bodies, learned societies and other organisations. 

Application window usually opens between July and September every year.

To apply, you will need to submit an application via the UKRI website, where you will also find full details. 

Open to: doctoral students in the Faculty funded by the Research Councils of UKRI. 

Researchers who are successful in securing a place in the external scheme, are then eligible under the Humanities Placement scheme to request additional funding to cover the expenses element of the placement, if these are not already covered by the main scheme. To request additional funding, please submit a PGR Placement Application Form by selecting the option ‘National/International scheme’ at the beginning of the form. Please find the link to the form and the Placement Framework document on our Placements home pageThere is no deadline to apply for this additional funding, however the online PGR Placement Application Form should be submitted promptly, soon after confirmation of your acceptance to the external scheme. 

We have now established a new internal process to support doctoral researchers looking to submit an application to the scheme. If you would like to receive bespoke support and specific feedback on your draft application, please contact the PGR Placements and Partnerships Officer in the Faculty of Humanities Dr Rosalinda Quintieri. 

Cabinet Office Placement Scheme

The Cabinet Office’s new Open Innovation Team has been established to generate analysis and ideas for priority projects by helping officials collaborate more intensively with outside experts. The scheme is open to doctoral researchers from The University of Manchester as well as UKRI-funded PGRs. 

Placements are for a minimum of three months to work on projects on health, welfare reform, industrial strategy, digital transformation and other priority areas. 

Read from previous PhD Placement holders and their experience:

To apply, you will need to submit an application via the Cabinet Office website. The Scheme opens for applications in September each year for placements starting in the following year. We will publish the Call here when it is live. 

Open to: All PGRs in the Faculty of Humanities are eligible to apply. Funding is provided through the Humanities Placement Scheme, for awards of up to £3,000, once their direct application to the Cabinet Office has been successful. Additional expenses for travel and accommodation can also be covered, in addition to the above Award. Please find the link to our online application form on our Placements homepage

Please send your draft application to the PPO in advance of the deadline for internal review and feedback.

British Library Placement Scheme

The British Library runs an in-house PhD Placement Scheme that aims to provide an opportunity to PhD researchers to experience research in a different environment to that of a university, to engage with a range of research users and audiences, to gain insights into different potential postdoctoral career paths, and to make a tangible contribution to the purposes and programmes of a national library and major cultural organisation. 

A broad range of opportunities to work with different collections is made available every year. See examples of previous BL PhD research placements and their outcomes.

Applications to the BL Placement Scheme are made to the BL directly.

BL offers free webinars and open events to explore their collections with expert staff. The complete programme, and links to register, can be found here.

A list of all available placement projects and full details of how to apply are available on the BL website.

Application deadline in November every year. 

All PGRs in the Faculty of Humanities are eligible to apply. Funding is provided through the Humanities Placement Scheme, for awards of up to £3,000, once their direct application to the BL has been successful.

Please note, we invite researchers interested in applying to this external opportunity to get in contact with the PGR Placements and Partnerships Officer Dr Rosalinda Quintieri to receive bespoke support and detailed feedback on a draft application before submission and thus maximise chances of success.