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Grants for Researchers with Heavy Teaching Loads
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Purpose

Recognizing the deep disparities in available resources that distinguish institutions across our profession and that ultimately impede exchange between scholars within the broadly defined field of theatre studies, the ASTR Grants for Researchers with Heavy Teaching Loads of up to $1000 promote scholarly and practical exchange among theatre researchers by providing opportunities to faculty at institutions with heavy teaching loads and limited support for scholarship. One year’s membership in ASTR and conference registration accompany the award. Generally stated, the goal of the ASTR Grant for Researchers with Heavy Teaching Loads is to ensure that institutional affiliation does not hinder the contributions of individual faculty to debates that concern us all and that are central to ASTR's mission of cultivating scholarship on all aspects of theatre studies. In practical terms, the award provides: research support, which may take the form of funding to obtain or travel to research materials (i.e. archives, interview subjects) or contributing to funding of research assistance or course release, etc.; registration for the annual ASTR conference; and one year's membership in ASTR.

Eligibility

Any full-time or contingent instructor at the college level, with a terminal degree and a heavy teaching load or the equivalent load based on heavy production and/or service obligations.

Application

Complete applications must include:

  • A 500-word description of the specific research activity supported, its importance to the field, and the intended outcome (such as development of a book chapter, article length scholarly work, or specific contribution to a larger research project). Successful applicants will be expected to attend and present work at the annual ASTR conference;
  • A copy of the applicant's current curriculum vitae;
  • A brief budget statement that outlines key expenditures (travel, lodging, materials, research support); and,
  • A brief statement of approximately 100 words describing eligibility based on the candidate’s teaching, production, and/or service load.

All documents (project description, curriculum vitae, etc.) should be uploaded below. Documents should be sent in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.

Evaluation

Applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of Lisa Jackson-Schebetta (Chair), Virginia Anderson and Samer Al-Saber. Applications will be evaluated primarily on the feasibility and significance of the proposed research project. Additional consideration will be given to faculty who have extremely limited institutional research support, previously unsupported projects, and projects that enrich ASTR's diversity. Questions may be directed to Lisa Jackson-Schebetta.

View previous Grants for Researchers with Heavy Teaching Loads Award winners here.

The deadline for this award has passed.

American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)

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