Graduate Resources: External Professional Opportunities, Funding, and Awards


Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)                                                                                                                                                    
ATHE includes 17 focus groups across areas of scholarship and artistic practice and many focus groups have emerging scholars panels for early career graduate students.
American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)
Black Theatre Network (BTN)
International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR)                                                                                                                                                  
IFTR is comprised of continuing working groups focusing on research areas and methodological approaches and also has a New Scholars Forum.
Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC)                                                                                                                                                                  
MATC includes four symposia (Theatre History, Production/Practice, Pedagogy, and Playwriting) as well as a Graduate Emerging Scholar panel.
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)
Performance Studies International (PSI)                                                                                                                                                                        
PSI includes continuing working groups that engage with research areas ranging from Performance in Historical Paradigms to Performance and Science.
SAG-AFTRA Convention
Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC)                                                                                                                                                                 
SETC includes a job fair as well as auditioning opportunities.


Summer and Training Opportunities

Cornell University School of Criticism and Theory (link)
In an intensive six-week course of study, faculty members and graduate students from around the world, in the humanities and social sciences, explore recent developments in critical theory.
Dartmouth College Future of American Studies Institute (link)
The Institute was designed to provide a shared space of critical inquiry that brings the participants' work-in-progress to the attention of a network of influential scholars.
Meisner True Acting Institute (link)
The Meisner True Acting Institute offers workshops and training for acting and teaching the Meisner Technique.
Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research (link)
The program offers faculty and advanced graduate students who study theater and performance the opportunity to learn from leading scholars in the field in an intensive two-week summer seminar. Due to a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation and the English Department's Spencer Fund, tuition is free for all accepted participants.
Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA) (link)
Each year MICHA assembles for two weeks of intensive summer study and exchange in Michael Chekhov's Technique. Approximately 80 artists gather together each year to take part in practical classes. You can register for week one, week two, or for both weeks. Artists new to the Chekhov work are welcome to attend. Classes are organized into tracks: Fundamentals, Continuing, Advanced and Directing. Other classes are organized by theme.
SITI Company (link)
SITI offers workshops, master classes, and summer intensives.
Summer Institute in Performance Studies at Northwestern University (link)
The Summer Institute in Performance Studies is an intensive week-long summer institute, sponsored by the Center for Global Culture and Communication, that involves IPTD and Performance Studies graduate students and a select number of students from other (non-Northwestern) doctoral programs. Each year, the institute director, a member of the IPTD or Performance Studies associate faculty, selects a theme and invites faculty members from within and outside Northwestern to teach small seminars.

External Awards in Support of Conference Travel, Publishing, and Dissertation Research

ASTR Gerald Kahan Scholar’s Prize (link)
The Gerald Kahan Scholar’s Prize is an annual award for the best essay written and published in English in a refereed scholarly journal. The essay can be on any subject in theater research, broadly construed.
ASTR Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Fellowship (link)
The Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Fellowship is intended to assist Ph.D. candidates with the expenses of travel to national and international collections to conduct research projects connected with their dissertations.
ASTR Thomas Marshall Graduate Student Award (link)
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.
ATDS Graduate Student Award (link)
Every other year, this award supports either research or travel to present research at an ATDS sponsored panel. For 2020, the award will be for travel.
ATHE Outstanding Article Award (link)
The Outstanding Article Award acknowledges scholarship marked by methodological sophistication, complex and critical engagement with dramatic texts and performances, focused inquiries, and possible directions for future scholarship in a particular area.
Council of American Overseas Research Centers Multi-Country Research Fellowship (link)
The Multi-Country Research Fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research.
Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (link)
The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics.
Mellon Fellowships For Dissertation Research in Original Sources (link)
The purposes of this fellowship program are to help junior scholars in the humanities and related social sciences gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources, enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available, encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the U.S. and abroad, and capture insights into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.


Dissertation Completion Fellowships

AAUW Dissertation Fellowships (link)

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships (link)

Josephine De Karman Fellowship (link)

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships (link)

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships (link)

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (link)

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies (link)


The Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Graduate Studies

External Funding: Graduate Fellowships and Grants (link)