Conference Fee Grants for Students

The Society for Theatre Research is able to offer small grants to students to assist with conference fees.

Applications should be from full-time students over 18, for assistance with attendance fees for conferences that meet the Society’s purpose – to foster research into the history, techniques and practices of the British and British-related theatre. (Conferences on literary, textual or dramatic themes, therefore, are not eligible.) Students may apply at any time of the year – this is a different scheme from the Research Awards and there is no closing date.

How to apply

Applicants should write to the Society at the address below, giving your name, address, course and institution of study, plus the title, date and venue of the conference you wish to attend. Please also state the advertised standard attendance fee (and student fee where there is one) and what contribution you are seeking towards it. If you intend to submit a paper, please give the title and a short abstract of up to 100 words. Successful applicants may be asked to provide a short post-conference report on the proceedings.

Individual grants are likely to be not less than £50 and not more than £100. Exceptionally, the Society may be able to make a larger grant to organisers of conferences that meet the above criteria, to assist them in allowing students to attend free or at a purely nominal charge.  In this case, enquiries should be made of the Society as early as possible in the conference’s planning process.

Read Alessandra's account

Alessandra Grossi, PhD candidate at the University of Warwick and member of the NRN Committee, went to the Summer School in Cologne with the help of a conference grant. Read her account of her experiences in the Green Room blog here.

Read Isla's account

Isla Lindsay Hall, PhD candidate at the University of Kent, Canterbury, applied for a grant to attend the annual European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) conference in July 2019, in Rome. Read her account of what she learnt and how she contributed on the Green Room blog here.

Read Maddie's account

Madeline Taylor, PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, took advantage of our conference grant scheme to enable her to attend a conference in the UK. She writes about it on the Green Room blog page.