The Society for Theatre Research

Research Awards


The application date for the Research Awards 2016 has now passed.

The next opportunity to apply will be at the end of this year, for the 2017 Awards.

Applications for the Paul Iles Bequest are still being accepted. Initial declarations of interest and outline proposals are invited from interested persons, and proposals should be submitted by the end of September 2016.

All applicants for this year's Awards will be notified by the beginning May of the outcome of their application. The winners will be announced publicly at this year's AGM on May 17th 2016 at the Art Workers' Guild in London.


Paul Iles Bequest

In addition to the Research Awards, which are wholly and exclusively for research into aspects of the British Theatre, the Society has received a substantial bequest from the late Paul Iles. The terms of the bequest state only that it is to be used "specifically for research awards in the area of Australian theatre". Initial declarations of interest and outline proposals are invited from interested persons. [read more]


The Society has established its own research fund. The capital includes bequests from the estates of Stephen Joseph, Anthony Denning and Kathleen Barker. Awards may be made annually of sums ranging from 200 to 1,000, as contributions to the cost of research which is substantially concerned with the history and practice of the British theatre.

Private scholars, theatre professionals, academic staff, and students, of any nationality, are welcome to apply for Awards to help with such endeavours as the completion of work in progress; professional training in research techniques to assist established projects; a subvention towards the publication of completed work in which a publisher is already seriously interested.

The Society has now made grants in excess of 106,050 to 241 recipients since the first awards in 1988.


The 2015 Research Awards were announced at the Society's Annual General Meeting in May . See the list of winners here.