This annual scholarship of £1,000 will be 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 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, including the archive of The Royal Shakespeare Company from 1879 to the present day.
Last year’s scholarship, for example, was awarded to a Ph.D. student working on the psychology of performance gestures. Previous awards have been made to someone working on the Stratford-upon-Avon Guild Hall as a performance space in Shakespeare’s time and to someone working on theatrical music manuscripts in our collection. But please note: you don’t have to be doing a Ph.D. The award could just as easily be given to someone writing a book or a significant series of articles.
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5) some details about your own personal credentials (previous publications, experience with historical documents, for example your ability to read Elizabethan handwriting, etc.), and the names of the principal archives and libraries where you are expecting to work.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, clearly marked The Louis Marder Shakespeare Centre Scholarship. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 23 April. The winner will be informed on Friday 17 May.
Please pass the notice about this award on to anyone who you think might be interested.
Good Luck. Be bold. Amaze us!