The IFTR runs two annual essay competitions for the New Scholars' Prize and Helsinki Prize.
The IFTR 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 is not necessary to enter the competition, but prize-winners will need to join the Federation to attend the conference or receive mentoring.
New Scholars' Prize 2018
The New Scholars' Prize is awarded to the best essay, judged on originality, coherence and rigour.
The winner of the New Scholars’ Prize 2018 is Mara Valderrama, PhD candidate at The Graduate Center, CUNY. The winning essay is “Against Neomachismo: Contemporary Feminist Theatre in Spain”.
The first prize would enable the winner to attend the 2018 IFTR conference at the University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia. It covers the following costs: conference registration, economy travel and student accommodation (or equivalent) for the duration of the conference.
Helsinki Prize 2018
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 lecturer 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 conference.
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(s) to attend the 2018 IFTR conference at the University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia. It covers the following costs: conference registration, economy travel and student accommodation (or equivalent) for the duration of the conference. For details of the 2018 conference visit the IFTR website https://www.iftr.org/conference.Submissions for the Helsinki Prize should include a scholarly essay of 4000 words maximum (in English only), the applicant's curriculum vitae, and a letter of recommendation by the applicant's supervisor or academic mentor. Entries must be accompanied by a cover sheet, which can be downloaded here. Send entries and supporting documents in MS Word format to the Chair of the Prize Committee, Prof. Hanna Korsberg firstname.lastname@example.org
Results of the competitions will be announced in the last week of February 2018. The prize-winner is expected to make their travel and accommodation arrangements, and will be reimbursed (via bank transfer) upon submission of receipts to the IFTR Treasurer after 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 this prize already covers conference expenses.
NB *The deadline for the Helsinki Prize is 15 December 2017 (23:59 GMT).