The Society for Theatre Research

Research Awards

The closing date for 2017 applications has now passed
A form for the Annual Awards 2018 will be available later this year

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.

All applicants for the 2017 Awards will be notified by the beginning of May of the outcome of their application. The winners will be announced publicly at the AGM.

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]

There is no application form for awards from this Bequest: applicants are encouraged to send in outline proposals by 1st June 2017, after which there may be further discussion and development with the committee (via email). Announcements of successful proposals will be made at intervals. For more information please write to

The 2016 Research Awards were announced at the Society's Annual General Meeting in May. See the list of winners here.

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