The Turing Scheme

The Turing Scheme is the UK Government's new global programme to provide funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. The Turing Scheme replaces the Erasmus+ programme, which, for many years, supported pupils to travel, learn and study internationally.

The School of Advanced Study, University of London has been awarded funding to support up to 25 students to travel to one of our partnering institutions and work or study abroad.

Projects range from 6 weeks to 6 months and will provide a hands-on learning experience for chosen students.

Please note, this opportunity is open all SAS students, including distance learning students.

The deadline for applications has changed. Applications are due 3 December at 12:00 pm.

Partnering Institutions include:

The University of Potsdam

This is an opportunity to conduct a research internship at the University of Potsdam’s Digital Humanities (DH) lab and Theodor Fontane Archive, as well as in preparation for the international Henriette Herz Hackathons planned for 2022.

Located near Berlin, Potsdam hosts an innovative DH Hub in Germany, ‘Network Digital Humanities’. Network DH specialises in computational literary studies, text encoding, and data visualisation, all important areas for IES and SAS. Potsdam has also been awarded with the “Henriette Herz Prize” of the Humboldt Foundation. Moreover, Potsdam is home to the Theodor Fontane Archive, a major special collections and editorial project relating to one of Germany’s best- known writers. The Fontane Archive has worked with Network DH to produce award-winning data visualisations on Fontane’s marginalia.

This is a hand-on learning experience, exploration and experimentation in cutting-edge methods on digital humanities with an emphasis on literary, textual and archival studies by working in an interdisciplinary group of digital and literary researchers within a major literary archive.

It will provide students with the opportunity to obtain a skills boost in various DH methods (programming, data visualisation, etc.) and understand new methods of computational reading, and the ways that computation enhances readership in book history and literary criticism. This will also facilitate networking opportunities with a major German DH hub and literary archive and offer students the ability to learn how to archive a major international hackathon.

The student will also work with Network DH colleagues in Potsdam to prepare for the conference sponsored by the Journal of Computational Literary Studies

(JCLS) in Darmstadt (1–3 June) and the Henriette Herz Hackathon (planned for June/July).

More information: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/digital-humanities/

This opportunity is open to taught and research students.

Fluency in English is mandatory. An understanding of basic German is helpful, but not essential.

Start date: Mid-May 2022

Duration: 6–8 weeks

For more information, reach out to christopher.ohge@sas.ac.uk.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This 6-week program at MIT will offer the opportunity to develop instructional, research, and communication skills with a focus on digital humanities, the history of the book, and special collections. The student will facilitate hands-on learning, exploration, and experimentation in text technologies of the past, present, and future.

With Associate Professor Stephanie Ann Frampton, the student will advise undergraduates on research projects for “A History of the Book from Papyrus to Pixel”. As part of this work, the student will have the opportunity to teach and receive training in using materials from MIT Libraries’ Distinctive Collections, Wunch Conservation Lab, and the Beaver Press, a fully operational print shop with a replica Gutenberg handpress. The student will consider the strategies around research management, especially in special collections. What interventions can we make in special collections around accessibility, and how do we make archival spaces radically open?

With Postdoctoral Fellow Corey Masao Johnson, the student will contribute to ongoing efforts to promote equity and accessibility in archives and distinctive collections at MIT and beyond. In addition to teaching with materials from these collections, the student will have the opportunity to conduct original research, and will analyse their experiences with distinctive collections through an accessibility framework.

Finally, the student will participate in bi-weekly research group meetings on Digital Humanities topics alongside MIT Programs in Digital Humanities’ interdisciplinary staff and affiliates. The student will recommend reading lists and facilitate one or more sessions, and may participate in marketing and communications for a public Digital Humanities workshop.

This opportunity is open to taught and research students.

Fluency in English is mandatory.

Start date: April 2022

Duration: 6 weeks

For more information, reach out to christopher.ohge@sas.ac.uk and digitalhumanities@mit.edu.

Center for Research and Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology, CIESAS-Mexico City

This placement is at the Mexico City campus of the Center for Research and Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS). It offers two researchers training in ethnographic research, and/or the opportunity to conduct anthropological or ethnography-based research in Mexico City for two months.

CIESAS-Mexico City is a Latin American centre of excellence in anthropological research at postgraduate level from which CLACS (and potentially other IMLR and HRC/RLI) students whose PhD includes fieldwork research/ethnographic methods would benefit from. CIESAS has research clusters focused on issues such as violence and conflict, memory work and the disappeared, legal mobilisation, and human rights, that would be an ideal fit for students exploring these issues in Latin America or the Caribbean. CIESAS has a long experience of welcoming visiting research students and scholars from Latin America, the USA and Europe and integrating them into research seminars and activities.

Researchers will be able to:

  • Audit research seminars on topics of their interest within the research cluster ‘Cultural Diversity, Power and Justices’
  • Present their work at research seminars to an audience of students and researchers who develop critical approaches to ethnographic methodologies.
  • Use the Angel Palerm Library (Biblioteca D.F. “Angel Palerm”), which has Latin American references not accessible from Europe (this would be of particular benefit for those working on Mexico or issues related to violence, memory, juridification, social movements and Latin American politics).

Moreover, this is an opportunity for students to diversify their theoretical and methodological perspectives and approaches by exposing themselves to a non-Eurocentric tradition of anthropology, ethnography and fieldwork research; developing a critical awareness of the epistemological, political, legal and ethical issues around conducting ethnographic research; forging international links with scholars overseas that could lay the foundation for future research collaborations; improving their Spanish language skills.

This opportunity is open to taught and research students.

Priority will be given to students with some fluency in Spanish.

Start date: May 2022

Duration: 2 months

For more information, reach out to Dr Ainhoa Montoya (ainhoa.montoya@london.ac.uk)

Kurt Tucholsky Literaturmuseum

This is an opportunity to for one student to gather experience working in a regional museum of literature for 6 weeks.

The student will be able to gain work experience in museum administration and events organisation in the context of German literature and arts.

The Kurt Tucholsky Literature Museum is located in Rheinsberg Castle in Rheinsberg, North Germany. It is dedicated to the life and work of Kurt Tucholsky (1890-1935). It also organises events throughout the year, including a writer-in-residence programme, and musical and literary events.

More information about the museum is available here: https://www.tucholsky-museum.de/index.html

This opportunity is open to taught and research students.

Fluency in German is essential.

Start date: May 2022

Duration: 6 weeks

For more information, reach out to Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex (godela Weiss-Sussex@sas.ac.uk).

Humanities Institute, University College Dublin

Through this one-month scheme in in the Humanities Institute at University College Dublin, students will gain work experience in academic administration and events organisation in the broad field of Humanities. Additionally, if language skills permit, there will be an option to gain teaching experience in the German department of UCD.

The Humanities Institute at UCD focuses on scholarship in the humanities and stimulates new interdisciplinary areas of research of international distinction.

The institute promotes the international visibility and distinctiveness of interdisciplinary research in the humanities at UCD by acting as a laboratory for the study of culture and the human experience. It complements research undertaken within related UCD Schools and research institutes while concurrently providing a neutral space for the delivery of interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research of key societal challenges. The institute acts as a driving force for knowledge creation and transfer within UCD and in the context of the humanities in Ireland and Europe.

For more information about the Humanities Institute at UCD, see here: Humanities Institute || UCD Humanities Institute (HI)

This opportunity is open to taught and research students.

There are no specific language requirements, but priority will be given to students with some knowledge of German.

Start date: June 2022

Duration: 1 month

For more information, reach out to Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex (godela.weiss-sussex@sas.ac.uk)

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

This is a great opportunity for two students to gain work experience through placement in Philadelphia for one month. Students will work to enhance and create new Name Authority records in the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts. This will involve research in Philadelphia archives (e.g. the Rosenbach and/or Temple’s bookseller catalogue collection), together with training in advanced use of the database, provenance history, authority records and linked data.

Learners will have the opportunity to work with unique collections of pre-modern manuscripts and bookseller catalogues in Philadelphia – key resources for book historians. They will learn about sophisticated databases, name authorities, and linked data, building skills in digital humanities. They will expand their networks, with opportunities to work closely with SIMS staff and attend research events. The work they do will be tailored to their research interests and may therefore inform their theses.

By the end of the placement students will:

  • Be familiar with major resources for manuscript studies and provenance history in Philadelphia.
  • Be advanced editors of the Schoenberg Database.
  • Understand the uses of name authority records and linked data for the study of book history.
  • Have expanded their personal research networks.

This partnership builds on our current relationships with colleagues at UPenn. The Cultivate MSS project works in partnership with the Schoenberg Database to improve its content and explore how it can be used to generate new research questions at the frontier of manuscript studies. The proposed partnership draws on the exceptional resources of SIMS and other research collections in Philadelphia. It has the potential to generate knowledge that will be of use to students and staff at both partner institutions, laying foundations for future collaborations around manuscript studies and provenance research. SIMS is used to hosting both international fellows and graduate student interns. This partnership will add significant value and opportunity to both PGT (MA in Book History) and PGR students (training).

This opportunity is open to taught and research students.

There are no specific language requirements, but some understanding of modern languages, such as Latin, Greek, Arabic or Hebrew would be useful.

Start date: June 2022

Duration: 1 month

For more information, reach out to Dr Laura Cleaver (laura.cleaver@sas.ac.uk) or Dr Clare Lees (clare.lees@sas.ac.uk)"

Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales

This is a two-month placement at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) is an opportunity for two researchers to increase their knowledge in their field and study in an interdisciplinary environment in Paris.

The École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) is a graduate-only research institution that has a unique standing in the world of research and higher education in France. It hosts scholars from all over the world committed to the study of contemporary societies seen within broad cultural and historical contexts. It trains students up to PhD level in all disciplines of the social and human sciences (history, anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, demography, cognitive science, political science, philosophy and mathematics). With its high percentage of international students and faculty, EHESS has created a unique global academic network. With over 1,000 round-table seminars a year, in which faculty and guest scholars present and discuss their current research with students, EHESS occupies a central position in French intellectual life.

This opportunity is open to research students.

Fluency in French is essential.

Start date: March 2022

Duration: 2 months

For more information, reach out to Raphaele Mouren (raphaele.mouren@sas.ac.uk).

Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

An opportunity for two French-speaking research students to increase their knowledge in their field as well as study in an interdisciplinary environment and honing their language skills.

The École Pratique des Hautes Études - PSL (EPHE - PSL), established in the Sorbonne in 1868, is acknowledged as one of France’s ‘grands établissements’ where research is undertaken in Life and Earth Sciences, Historical and Philological Sciences, and Religious Sciences.

Located in the heart of Paris, PSL inspires dialog among and between all areas of knowledge, innovation, and creativity. Ranked among the world’s top 50 universities, it draws directly from research to train researchers, artists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and managers who are aware of their social responsibility, both individual and collective.

The EPHE focuses on unique fields of knowledge. Lectures and other learning strategies, offered by over 260 faculty, provide an exceptional opportunity for immediate immersion into research as practiced in a myriad of fields including languages and religions of Pre-Islamic Central Asia, the major monotheistic faiths, Chinese archaeology, Hebrew palaeography, Greek dialectology and digital humanities in the sphere of Social Sciences and Humanities; coral reef biodiversity, neurosciences and cognitive science, cellular environment and regulation in the Life and Earth Sciences sector… as well as transdisciplinary issues that bridge these key areas of knowledge.

This opportunity is open to research students.

Fluency in French is essential.

Start date: 1 March 2022

Duration: 2 months

For more information, reach out to Raphaele Mouren (raphaele.mouren@sas.ac.uk).

European University Institute

An opportunity for two research students to increase their knowledge in their field as well as study in an interdisciplinary environment and honing their language skills.

The EUI is an institute in Europe dedicated to social sciences and humanities. Founded in 1972 by the six original members of the then European Communities, the EUI has earned a reputation as a transnational hub of research and higher learning.

This opportunity is open to research students.

Fluency in a European language is essential

Start date: April 2022

Duration: 2 months

For more information, reach out to Madisson Brown (madisson.brown@sas.ac.uk) or Sara Miglietti (sara.miglietti@sas.ac.uk).

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

An opportunity for two research students to increase their knowledge in their field as well as study in an interdisciplinary environment and honing their language skills.

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz is a research institute dedicated to the history of art and of architecture. Its main focus are the art and visual culture of Italy, Europe, and the Mediterranean in a global perspective.

This opportunity is open to research students.

Fluency in a European language is essential. Preference will be given to Italian or German speakers

Start date: April 2022

Duration: 2 months

For more information, reach out to Madisson Brown (madisson.brown@sas.ac.uk) or Sara Miglietti (sara.miglietti@sas.ac.uk).

University of Innsbruck

At the University of Innsbruck, Students will be able to take part in block programmes of postgraduate training, including (where appropriate) doctoral workshops. They will be taught or mentored by experts in their field; they will be acquainted with and profit from different perspectives on their work, arising from the international dimension of the placement.

Students will gain new perspectives on their fields of enquiry, both through taking part in formal teaching arrangements and through informal exchanges. They will expand their abilities to discuss their work in an international and multilingual context.

The academic programme on offer includes a limited range of English-language options. Innsbruck University houses one of the leading research units on Migration Studies. The institution has an interdisciplinary focus; it also provides a wide range of opportunities to take part in courses within German & Austrian Studies.

This opportunity is open to taught and research students.

A working level of German is essential.

Start date: May 2022

Duration: 2 months

For more information, reach out to Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex (godela.weiss-sussex@sas.ac.uk).

University of Padua

This is an opportunity for up to 6 students to benefit from a large range of modules related to human rights concerns. PhD students can also benefit from a range of supervisory expertise. These will depend on the modules taken but all options are of a high standard and internationally excellent.

SAS has worked with Padua Human Rights Centre since 2015. We have collaborated on numerous successful international conferences and workshops and journal publications.

This opportunity is open to taught and research students.

No language requirements

Start date: Date under negotiation, possibly beginning March 2022

Duration: 2 months

For more information, reach out to Dr Damien Short (damien.short@sas.ac.uk)

Museo delle Civiltà

This is an opportunity for one student to gain experience working in Rome’s Museum of Civilizations. The Museum recently acquired a part of the collection of the former Colonial Museum, founded in the 1920s. The collection, that is at present housed in the Museum’s storerooms, is currently in the process of being catalogued. It is the intention of the Museum of Civilizations that, in the next few years, the collection will be made available for public viewing. The material will be reorganized according to decolonial criteria that provide a radical critique of the Colonial Museum of which it was originally part. The student will gain experience of the cataloguing process and the general working of the Museum.

More information about the Museo della Civiltà is available here: https://museocivilta.beniculturali.it/

This opportunity is open to taught and research students.

Fluency in Italian is desirable.

Start date: March 2022

Duration: 2 months

For more information, reach out to: Professor Charles Burdett (charles.burdett@sas.ac.uk)

How to Apply

You may apply for more than one project, though you will need to rank your choices. To apply for any these opportunities, please email your CV, completed application form (download) and return in PDF format to Turing@sas.ac.uk

The deadline for applications is 3 December at 12:00 pm.

If you require any accommodations to assist in the application process, please email Turing@sas.ac.uk directly.