Prizes for 2022 IFTR World Congress

05 November, 2021

Prizes for 2022 IFTR World Congress

IFTR Invites Entries for the New Scholars’ Prize and Helsinki Prize, 2022  

New Scholars' Prize

The New Scholars' Prize is awarded to the best essay, judged on originality, coherence, and rigour.

Helsinki Prize

The Helsinki Prize (founded by the student Congress Team of the 2006 IFTR/FIRT World Congress in Helsinki) is offered annually 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 or South America, and who wishes to participate in an IFTR conference. The prize is awarded on the basis of the merit of the essay 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.


Any graduate student, doctoral 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 are eligible to apply. Any eligible scholar who submitted an entry in previous years is welcome to apply again with a new essay. Please also see eligibility criteria for the Helsinki Prize (above).

How to Submit

Candidates should submit entries (in English only) electronically as an e-mail attachment. They will be judged anonymously. Please ensure that your name does not appear anywhere in the essay itself.

In a separate one-page document please provide your name, institutional affiliation if relevant, and information to confirm your eligibility for the New Scholars and/or Helsinki Prize.

Send entries in MS Word format to

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.

Submission Deadline

The last date for submission of the essay is 16 December 2021.

Essay Details

  • There is no set theme for these competitions; candidates are encouraged to submit work drawing on their current research.
  •  The length of essays is 3,500 words including citations. Essays are expected to be within the specified word length of 3,500 words, including any end- or footnotes or bibliography/works cited. The regulations will allow for up to a 10% margin but any essay which is longer than 3,850 words will not be considered for the competition.
  •  You may not enter an essay that you have previously submitted to a journal for consideration that has benefited from peer review feedback.


Competition Results

Results of the competitions will be announced by 28 January 2022.

The Prizes

First prize in both competitions enables the winners to attend the IFTR World Congress in Reykjavík 20-24 June 2022. It covers the following costs: conference registration, economy travel fare (return to country of departure only) and student accommodation (or equivalent) for the duration of the conference (assuming in-person participation).Winners make their own travel and accommodation arrangements and will be reimbursed (via bank transfer) upon submission of receipts to the IFTR Treasurer after the conference.

Please Note: IFTR 2022 is planned as an in-person conference. Should the situation change and the pandemic call for an online conference, first prizes will instead cover membership and conference registration fees.

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