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2012-13 IFTR/FIRT New Scholars' Prize and Helsinki Prize competition

Posted: October 6, 2012

IFTR/FIRT runs two annual essay competitions for the New Scholars' Prize and Helsinki Prize. There is no set theme for these competitions; rather, candidates are encouraged to submit work drawing on their current research. Essays developed from papers presented at the New Scholars' Forum of the preceding conference are acceptable.

To apply for either the New Scholars' Prize or the Helsinki Prize, applicants must be classified as a new scholar by the Federation. A New Scholar is defined as a graduate student or post-doctoral researcher whose PhD has been completed less than three years ago, or a researcher without a PhD who has been in an academic post for less than three years. Membership of IFTR/FIRT is not necessary to enter the competition, but prize winners will need to join the Federation to attend the conference or receive mentoring.

Please Note: Submitting an entry for either competition does not constitute a conference enrolment. Applicants wanting to attend the conference should send abstracts to the organisers as outlined in the conference call for papers.

Members of the Prizes committee and judges for the 2012/13 New Scholars' Prize and Helsinki Prize are Khalid Amine (Morocco), B. Ananthakrishnan (India), Yasushi Nagata (Japan), Sophie Proust (France), and Steve Wilmer (Ireland).

 

NEW SCHOLARS' PRIZE

The New Scholars' Prize is awarded to the best essay, judged on originality, coherence and rigour. The prize would enable the winner to attend the 2013 IFTR/FIRT conference in Barcelona, Spain and covers conference registration, economy travel expenses, and student accommodation (or equivalent) for the duration of the conference. For details of the 2013 conference click http://www.firt2013barcelona.org/. The 2012/13 New Scholars' Prize will be awarded to up to 3 individuals who are adjudged as having the best essays.

The author(s) of the winning essay(s) will be encouraged to submit the same for publication in Theatre Research International, at the discretion of the editor. Where appropriate, the judges will also select several of the submitted essays for mentoring by senior scholars, prioritising contestants from developing countries.

Essays must not exceed 4000 words (excluding bibliography) and should not be published or submitted for publication in advance of the award announcement. Candidates should submit entries (in English or French) electronically as an e-mail attachment. They will be judged anonymously; hence, the author's name must not appear anywhere in the essay itself. All submissions should be carefully presented and referenced, and must be accompanied by a cover sheet, which can be downloaded from the New Scholars' Prize webpage. Send entries, preferably in Word format, to the Chair of the Prizes' Committee, Dr Kene Igweonu at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK (  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Results of the competition will be announced in January 2013, and all applicants will be notified. The prize-winners are expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements, and will be reimbursed (via a bank account) upon submission of receipts at the conference. Entrants are eligible to apply for a conference bursary, but any bursary awarded will be withdrawn in the event of winning this prize, since conference expenses are already covered by this prize.

New Scholars' Prize application deadline: 1 December 2012.

 

 

HELSINKI PRIZE

The Helsinki Prize was founded by the student Congress Team of the 2006 IFTR/FIRT World Congress in Helsinki. Since 2011, it has been offered annually by IFTR to a promising new scholar who may be a postgraduate or teacher at any university but whose country of origin and of first degree-level studies is in Africa, Asia, South America or the Middle East, and who wishes to participate in an IFTR/FIRT conference for the first time.

The prize is awarded on the basis of academic merit and strives to promote the exchange and networking of new scholars in developing regions, and to encourage research in the field of theatre in their countries. The prize would enable the winner to attend the 2013 IFTR/FIRT conference in Barcelona, Spain and covers conference registration, economy travel expenses and student accommodation (or equivalent) for the duration of the conference. For details of the 2013 conference click http://www.firt2013barcelona.org/.

Submissions for the Helsinki Prize should include a scholarly essay of 4000 words maximum (in English or French), the applicant's curriculum vitae, and a letter of recommendation by his/her supervisor or academic mentor. Entries must be accompanied by a cover sheet, which can be downloaded from the Helsinki Prize webpage. Send all documents electronically, preferably in Word format, to the Chair of the Prizes' Committee, Dr. Kene Igweonu at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Results of the competition will be announced in January 2013, and all applicants will be notified. The prize-winner is expected to make his/her own travel and accommodation arrangements and will be reimbursed (via a bank account) upon submission of receipts at the conference. Entrants are eligible to apply for a conference bursary, but any bursary awarded will be withdrawn in the event of winning this prize, since conference expenses are already covered by this prize.

Helsinki Prize application deadline: 1 December 2012.