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.