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closing date 29 June 2018

 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 or colleague.

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.’

‘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, local history collections, 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.

If you need inspiration, you might like to look at our new series of on-line exhibitions based on our Collections: http://collections.shakespeare.org.uk/exhibition/

Previous awards have been given to people working on: the archive of theatre director Michael Bogdanov; the psychology of performance gestures; playbills from 1769; Shakespeare in Armenian translation; and the Stratford-upon-Avon Guild Hall as a performance space in Shakespeare’s time.

But please note: the successful candidate does not have to be studying for a post-doctoral award. You might be leisure learner with a passion for our Collections. You might be a freelance writer or independent scholar working on an article or 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 archives, museum objects, or historical documents), and the names of any other 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 SCLA@shakespeare.org.uk, subject: The Louis Marder Shakespeare Centre Scholarship. The deadline for submissions is Friday 29 June 2018. The winner will be informed on Friday 20 July 2018. Please pass the notice about this award on to anyone who you think might be interested.

Good Luck. Be bold. Amaze us!

Paul Edmondson, Head of Research, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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