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Thomas Marshall Graduate Student Awards
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Each year the American Society for Theatre Research awards three grants of $800 each in honor of the late Thomas F. Marshall, a distinguished theatre scholar and founder of ASTR, who took particular interest in the encouragement and support of promising students in the field of theatre research. The purpose of the grants is to encourage students to become active members of the Society by helping them to meet the expenses of attending the ASTR annual meeting in November. ASTR conference registration fees will be waived for grant recipients.


Any student majoring in theatre/performance studies in any academic department at any level of higher education is eligible. Students need not be members of ASTR at the time of application.


Application must include:

  • A single-page essay (under 350 words, with 1.5 line spacing, 12-point type, and 1-inch margins) explaining the value of attending the next ASTR meeting to your career; and
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae.

Please upload application documents in PDF or Microsoft Word (.doc, or .docx) format. Whenever possible, all requested materials should be consolidated into a single zip file before being uploaded.


Criteria include the quality of the applicant's expression of interest in attending this ASTR meeting and the applicant's record of achievement in scholarship and/or service.

Please direct questions to Committee Chair Meredith Conti at maconti[at]

Note: In the event that a person is chosen to receive more than one award to help defray the costs of attending the ASTR conference, that person will receive the money associated with the larger of the two awards but will be acknowledged as a winner of both. The relevant awards committees shall have the right to disburse monies unspent by the award recipient to support additional worthy applicants.


Applications for this award are due July 16, 2021. Early submissions encouraged. 

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