The IFTR runs two annual essay competitions for the New Scholars' Prize and Helsinki Prize.

The IFTR invites entries for the New Scholars’ Prize and Helsinki Prize for 2021.

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.

There is no set theme for these competitions; candidates are encouraged to submit work drawing on their current research.

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.

The last date for submission of the essay (3500 words including citations) along with a CV is 15 December 2020.

Candidates should submit entries (in English only) electronically as an e-mail attachment. They will be judged anonymously; hence, the author's name must not appear anywhere in the essay itself. Send entries in MS Word format to Bishnupriya Dutt (

Please note that essays are expected to be within the specified word length of 3,500 words, including any end- or footnotes or bibliography. 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.

Results of the competitions will be announced by 30 January 2021. Prize-winners are 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.

New Scholars' Prize 2021

The New Scholars' Prize is awarded to the best essay, judged on originality, coherence and rigour. The first prize would enable the winner(s) to attend the 2021 IFTR conference in Galway 12-16 July 2021. It covers the following costs: conference registration, economy travel and student accommodation (or equivalent) for the duration of the conference. 

Helsinki Prize 2021

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 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. The prize would enable the winner(s) to attend the 2021 IFTR conference in Galway 12-16 July 2021. It covers the following costs: conference registration, economy travel and student accommodation (or equivalent) for the duration of the conference.

Note: The winners of 2020 and 2021 would all be invited to Galway 2021. All those who had sent entries for 2020 are welcome to apply again  with a new essay.  Please note that in light of the decision for Galway 2021 to be a fully online conference, IFTR  will devise an alternate mode of remuneration for our 2021 winners.

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International Federation for Theatre Research
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