Conference Bursaries

The IFTR Bursaries Round for attending the Manila 2024 annual conference is now open. The deadline for completed applications is 11 December 2023.

IFTR 2024 Manila Bursaries Round Now Open:
Deadline 11 December 2023

To apply for a 2024 bursary to attend the IFTR Conference in Manila, Philippines, at the University of the Philippines Diliman, you must complete the following google doc form:

The form requires you to fill in personal details, academic affiliation, details of your referee, as well as the title and abstract of the paper (length of the abstract: maximum 250 words).

Please note that in order to complete your online application you will also have to send the following to the email id:

  • your referee's letter 

  • your signed policy statement and declaration form (you may download the policy statement located at the bottom of this page)

  • An extension of up to 7 days max. is available to differently abled applicants. The chair of the bursaries committee should be notified at least one week before the deadline for the request of the extension.

General Guidelines about Bursaries

  • Any bursary awarded by the IFTR is for the purposes of fostering and supporting theatre scholars.

  • Applications are open to scholars from all over the globe.

  • Successful applicants must become members of IFTR in order to present their papers at the conference.

  • Abstract submission is a separate process from bursary application. To be considered for the conference, applicants must also submit an abstract via the process outlined on the 2024 Conference site. General Panel organisers, Working Group conveners and New Scholars Organisers will assess abstracts and inform the applicants in due course whether they have been accepted.

  • The Bursary Subcommittee is exclusively responsible for the allocation of financial support. It cannot provide acceptance letters for the conference.

  • Should you be the winner of the New Scholars or Helsinki Prize, your bursary application will be deemed ineligible. In other words, you will not receive a double award.

  • Bursary awardees are expected to attend the full conference and IFTR plenary on the last day. You cannot expect to be paid in full if you have not attended the conference in full.

  • Coronavirus & Cancellation Note:
    We remain hopeful that the coronavirus will not adversely impact international travel and our in-person conference proposed for Manila 2024. However, you are strongly advised to take out insurance that includes coronavirus cover for all bookings you make. A Bursary Award can only be made for in-person attendance at the conference. Cancellations for coronavirus-related or other reasons cannot be covered by IFTR. In short, kindly note the need for a comprehensive travel insurance policy.

The bursary committee will inform you of the decision by 24 January 2024. For any queries about bursaries, please

For general Conference enquiries contact the organisers:


GDPR Compliancy and Data Processing

International Federation for Theatre Research (hereafter IFTR) values your privacy and is fully committed to achieving compliance with the GDPR. Please note that the information stated below only pertains to the data of those users and/or subscribers to, and not the data that is held by Cambridge Journals Online. Here is how we will achieve compliance:

  • The purpose of processing your data is to assesses your application for a bursary from IFTR for the IFTR 2023 conference at Accra, Ghana.
  • The personal data we collect will be: your first and second names, your institutional affiliation (if any), your gender, your nationality, and the band of your IFTR membership.
  • Your data will be processed by IFTR data processors on the Bursary committee and the Secretary General for Communications.
  • All data that we store on digital devices is password protected. We use a password that is only known to those who need specific access to the file. The same password cannot (will not) be replicated or be applicable to other files on any digital device. The password is lengthy and complex, and it includes numbers, letters and symbols.
  • Data Processors are not entitled to distribute this data to any other third parties whatsoever.
  • IFTR members are allowed to request erasure (‘right to be forgotten’) at any time. All data must be deleted from all electronic devices immediately after the data is no longer needed and/or it has expired.
  • You have the sole right to lodge a complaint of the processing of your data to a supervisory authority


Affected Rights

Under the EU Data Protection Regulation, you have the following rights: If your personal data is processed, you have the right to obtain information about the data stored about you (Art. 15 GDPR).

  • if inaccurate personal data is processed, you are entitled to a correction (Art. 16 GDPR).



If you have questions or concerns about how IFTR deals with your data and how we comply with the GDPR, please contact the Secretary General, Communications for IFTR:

Assoc. Prof. Marcus Tan
Secretary General, Communications
International Federation for Theatre Research
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University Singapore
1 Nanyang Walk
Singapore 639798

IFTR 2024 Manila Conference Bursary Application Policy Statement

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