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Funding opportunities for students of Shakespeare

The Louis Marder Shakespeare Centre Scholarship

Are you studying Shakespeare at college, university, or for leisure? Are you going to be using the archives or library of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust? If so, you might be interested in applying for the Louis Marder Shakespeare Centre Scholarship – or recommending it to a friend.

This annual scholarship of £1,000 is awarded to ‘a worthy Shakespearian currently pursuing a Ph.D. or similar study, who pledges to produce an original, publishable article on a previously approved literary, historical, or biographical topic about William Shakespeare (as opposed to character analysis or authorship studies) from The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Library or Archives, approved by The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s assigned authorities, within two years of the accepted funds. The intent of the award is to inspire, stimulate, and promote archival scholarship.’

This is an opportunity to come to Stratford-upon-Avon and to spend a few weeks working in our reading room here at the Shakespeare Centre.

‘Publishable’ means that your work might be part of a book, thesis, scholarly article, or conference paper which might be published in whole or in part, in print, or in a virtual medium. The publication should acknowledge The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the receipt of the award. Since our library and archive include at least 55,000 books devoted to Shakespeare’s work, life, and times, and hundreds of thousands of documents relating to the genesis and evolution of Stratford-upon-Avon 400 years before and 400 years after Shakespeare, there’s plenty to immerse yourself in! There are rare books and special collections, museum objects, and theatre archives (including those The Royal Shakespeare Company from 1879 to the present day). Preference will be given to an application which engages with the material we actually hold here, as opposed to studies which might be undertaken in other Shakespeare-related collections or libraries.

Previous awards have been given to Ph.D. students working on the psychology of performance gestures, the Stratford-upon-Avon Guild Hall as a performance space in Shakespeare’s time and to people working on theatrical archives in our collection. But please note: the award could just as easily be given to someone writing a book or a significant article or series of articles. Nor do you have to be a full-time or part-time student to apply.

If you are interested in applying, you should submit a letter of intent that states:
1) what your project is
2) how it relates to the collections of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
3) what you expect to accomplish and by when
4) how you expect to pursue it
5) some details about your own personal credentials (previous publications, experience with historical documents, for example your ability to read Elizabethan handwriting, etc.), and the names of the principal archives and libraries where you are expecting to work.

The Louis Marder Shakespeare Centre Scholarship wants to award work which is novel, original, enlightening, or biographically and historically exciting.

Please send your letter of application as an e-mail to, subject: The Louis Marder Shakespeare Centre Scholarship. The deadline for submissions is Friday 30 June 2017. The winner will be informed on Monday 24 July 2017.

Please pass the notice about this award on to anyone who you think might be interested.

Good Luck. Be bold. Amaze us!

Jubilee Education Fund

This fund, established in celebration of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, provides modest grants to students wishing to undertake research in The Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive.

For more information about either of these scholarship opportunities please contact


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