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Grants for Researchers with Heavy Teaching Loads
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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.

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.


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 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.

Please upload application materials 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.


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.

Please direct questions to Committee Chair Ariel Nereson at anereson[at]


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

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