Fellowships and Bursaries: FAQs

The Malone Society invites applications from scholars for fellowships and bursaries. If you are considering applying for one of these awards, but would like to know more, here are some Frequently Asked Questions

1. What kind of work does the Malone Society fund?

We fund scholarly and textual research relating to drama by English, Welsh, Scottish, or Irish dramatists prior to 1642.  Some examples of this type of research include: an edition of a dramatic text or a study of a play’s textual history; dramatic records and early performance history; the role of drama in the court, in the commercial sector, or elsewhere.

2. What’s the difference between a fellowship and a bursary?

A fellowship is a major grant, up to a total sum of £1,000. Fellowships are awarded to established academics in support of a major research project.

A bursary is an award, often of a smaller amount, made to graduate students and early career scholars in order to support immediate research needs such as travel expenses to visit libraries and archives or accessing resources such as microfilms.  A total of £1,000 may be awarded in any one year, and is often divided between several applicants.

Both fellows and bursary-holders are required to report on the work undertaken and to submit receipts for their expenditure, which is reimbursed in arrears.

3. What types of expenses will not be funded?

The Malone Society is unable to offer funding for work of a purely theoretical kind, secretarial or administrative costs, or publication expenses.

4. Do I need to be a member of the Malone Society to apply?

No. (But if you’d like to become a member you can find out how here)

5. Are there other restrictions about who can apply?

We welcome applications from scholars and students of any age or nationality. If the applicant is currently registered in a research degree a letter of support from their academic supervisor should accompany their application.

6. How can I apply?

Download and complete the application for that you will find here.

Your application should describe your proposed research in detail, and should be carefully costed.  You will be asked to provide statements of support from two referees who are familiar with your research.

Completed applications should be sent to the Chairman of the Fellowships and Bursaries Sub-Committee (Dr Martin Wiggins) by 30 November, 2012. Successful applicants will be notified in Spring 2013.

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