STR Research Awards
Deadline: 17th March 2017
Every year the Society of Theatre Research awards pots of money to support continuing research into all aspects of British theatre. Find out more about the awards below and make sure you apply if you are eligible!
Who can apply?
Anyone who is engaging in a research project that is substantially concerned with the history, historiography, art, or practice of British theatre can apply. Previous award winners have included PhD students, early career researchers, researchers unaffiliated with a university, professors, and groups of researchers working on a larger project. There are no restrictions imposed on the status or nationality of applicants, or on the location of the proposed research. Awards are not given for MA study, but if the project is unrelated to the degree then it may be considered.
In which subject areas?
The topic of the research must be concerned with an aspect of British theatre, but the society is interested in all forms such as music hall, opera, dance, circus, pantomime and other forms and crafts of performance. Previous awards have been given for a diverse variety of topics from a study of Scottish medieval theatre, to a study of disabled circus aerialists in Canada, to research into ethnic minority actors in Shakespeare. In the past, awards have also contributed towards research that involves a practical or performance element, as well as to research projects that investigate theatre’s relationship to other media.
For what, and how much?
A sum in the region of £5000 will be available in total. This will comprise of one or two awards of up to £1000 named after benefactors to the society as well as smaller awards in the range of £100-£500.
In your application you will need to specify the intended purpose for the award. In the past, awards have been given for research trips and their associated costs, for digitisation projects, for costs related to translation or transcription, for the creation of video installations, and for setting up and running research seminars. Awards have also been given for costs related to the dissemination of research such as for publisher’s subvention, for production costs for practice-led research, and for the development of an online database of performance. You will need to provide an itemised budget in the application form (even if it is estimated).
What do I need to do to apply?
To read more about the specific awards and to download the application form visit the STR website [http://www.str.org.uk/research/awards/index.html]. The application form [which you can also access here: awards_2017 (1)] will ask you to describe your project, the purpose of the award within the project, your qualifications, circumstances (including other sources of funding), and the details of two referees. Send this form to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 17th March 2017. Good luck!