29 January 2023 / Research Grants

2023 Research Grants Application Form now available!

image from Tony Lidington’s researches on Pierrots, for which he received grants in 2019 and 2022

Calling all researchers! Is there an element within your research topics that deals with an aspect of the British theatre which would make it eligible? Topics we can consider include buildings, people, historical or contemporary concerns, theories and practices, and all kinds of performance arts, as long as there is a connection with theatre in Britain or British theatre people. We invite all engaged in theatre research to apply – for example you may be an early career academic needing help with a particular piece of research, or an independent scholar digging up traces of local theatre or performers, in which case the Research Grants would be suitable for you, or a theatre practitioner engaged in practical research on an aspect of performance practice, in which case you might apply for one of our Practitioner Grants.

There are two types of Grants offered. Please read the eligibility criteria carefully before choosing which programme to apply for!

  1. Research grants for scholars investigating aspects of the British theatre requiring access to archives, collections, specific sites or people, or help with compiling and disseminating original research. These grants are available for academic and non-academic researchers alike, though the standard of work expected will be equivalent to post-graduate level. Grants range from £200 to £1,000, as contributions to the cost of research.

Applications open: 30 January 2023
Applications close:  24 March 2023


  1. Practitioner research and development grants: a number of grants of £200 each to support those practitioners who are working in the UK to facilitate British and British-related theatre projects. These grants are a development of the programmes we ran in 2020 and 2021. See Covid19 Support Grants 2020 and Practitioner Grants 2021 for more about these.

Applications open: 13 February 2023
Applications close: 7 April 2023