For 2017, a sum in the region of £5,000 was available; this included one or two awards of up to £1,000, named after generous benefactors to the Society, and a number of smaller awards, normally in the range £100-£500.
No restriction is imposed on the status or nationality of applicants, nor on the location of the proposed research. However, the topic must be substantially concerned with one or more of the history, historiography, art, and practice of the British theatre (including music-hall, opera, dance, and associated skills and crafts of performance). Exclusively textual, literary or aesthetic topics are not eligible, nor are applications for course fees unless for specific professional training in research techniques. The Awards are not given wholly or principally for general subsistence.
In coming to a decision the Research Awards Sub-Committee of the Society will take into account the progress already made by the applicant, and the possible availability of other subvention.
Applicants are required to give information under the following headings:
PROJECT: a statement of the project for which the award is requested, and the stage of completion currently reached.
PURPOSE OF THE AWARD: the specific purpose or purposes for which the award would be used, with an indication of approximate costing.
QUALIFICATIONS: the applicant's competence to undertake the project, academic and/or practical. together with details of any relevant publications or other relevant experience. If desired, a more comprehensive C.V. abstract rnay be attached to the email.
CIRCUMSTANCES: any other funding for the work and period in question for example study leave or grants from other sources. Unsalaried candidates may indicate here something of their age and personal situation if they wish.
OTHER: any further appropriate information that the applicant may wish to offer.
Where subvention towards publication is desired, confirmation of publisher's interest should be provided. Applicants seeking professional training in research techniques should provide evidence of their eligibility for such training; details of the established training scheme in question, and firmness or otherwise of the offer of a place. No actual examples of published work or similar documentation should be submitted at this stage; however, candidates may indicate if such examples could be made available if requested.
No more than three awards altogether will be given to the same applicant, and subsequent applications must be for a new project or a different part of an already-funded project.
All applicants must provide two recent and relevant references. They should state on the application form who their referees are, giving name, title, address and email address. The references should be sent by the referees, preferably as attachments, to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for this will be three weeks after the application deadline, and an application will not be considered if the references have not been received: it will be up to the applicant to ensure this. Please note that rogue spam filters, typos, and other glitches can prevent your email being received. Every email will be acknowledged within 48 hours if you do not receive an acknowledgement within this time please re-send it, do not assume your email has been received.
The Society's scrutiny and decision process is careful and lengthy. Applicants should not expect to be informed of the result before the beginning of May. Awards will be officially announced at the Society's Annual General Meeting, in May 2018, at the Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1. Award winners are encouraged to attend if they can.
Awards will be paid in sterling. The Society stipulates that it cannot accept financial or other responsibility for award-winners beyond the amount granted.
It is a condition of acceptance that a summary of the work achieved, to which the Society's grant has contributed, should be provided to the Research awards Sub-Committee by 1 April 2019. No further application will be considered unless this condition has been met. Furthermore, the Society hopes that, where appropriate, award-winners will be prepared in due course to make results of their work known to its membership, either through a notified publication, or such means as the offer of an article or a lecture. The Society also requires, and appreciates, acknowledgement of its support in any published work to which its award has contributed.
Research Awards Main Page
4 May 2018
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