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ASTR Collaborative Research Award
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To foster the exchange of research across different academic and community contexts within the U.S. or between U.S. scholars/artists and those abroad. To foster long-term relationships benefiting faculty who work in different types of institutional environments. To foster the exchange of research in subject areas underrepresented in U.S. theatre scholarship, pedagogy, and performance practice. To enrich and diversify ASTR’s membership.


The exchange would take the form of collaboration on scholarly or creative research. The award facilitates reciprocal visits by faculty between two U.S. institutions, or the hosting of a faculty member from abroad at a U.S. institution (or vice versa). All faculty named in the application should be involved in the application’s development. Applicants are encouraged to seek matching funds from their home institutions. In specific circumstances, the award could be used for a one-way visit by a scholar or artist from an under-resourced institution, if the application otherwise fulfills the objectives of the award.

Project outcomes might include:

  • A jointly written article submitted to Theatre Survey;
  • A seminar or plenary presentation at the ASTR annual meeting;
  • A collaborative research or creative project (which could take the form of practical work);
  • Reciprocal workshops or seminars for students;
  • Reciprocal public lectures or forums; or
  • Some combination of these activities.

Project activities, including reciprocal visits, should be completed by November 1 of the following year the award is granted. Awardees will be asked to make a timely report on the project, to be made available to the executive committee at the annual meeting. The amount awarded is $1,750. Please note that this amount may be split among recipients.


At least one participant from a host institution must be a current ASTR member.


Application must include:

  • A two-page curriculum vitae for each participant;
  • A 1,000-1,200 word description of the project, title, project rationale (including research/creative/pedagogical methods and goals), timeline (including dates of reciprocal visits), description of activities, explanation of how the project fulfills the purposes of the award, and proposed outcomes;
  • A budget, including all project expenses and the material contribution (financial or in-kind) each host institution can offer. If an institution cannot contribute, a note of explanation should be provided;
  • A letter of intent from any non-U.S. scholar or artist involved. The committee encourages applicants to confirm that foreign scholars/artists meet the necessary requirements to obtain a visa to enter the U.S.; and
  • Letters of support from applicants’ respective department heads, if academically affiliated, and/or the directors of any sponsoring or hosting institutions, indicating financial aid or in-kind support to be provided.

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.


The award committee will base their evaluation on the degree to which the proposed exchange and outcomes fulfill the purposes of the award. Priority will be given to applications that involve faculty at teaching institutions, institutions currently underrepresented in ASTR’s membership, and/or institutions that do not traditionally sponsor visiting scholars or artists.

Please direct questions to Committee Chair Carla Della Gatta at cdellagatta[at]


Applications are due July 16, 2021. Early submissions encouraged. 

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