S Ernest Sprott Fellowship

This fellowship is available to Australian researchers and writers intending to study outside of Australia, leading to publishing a book relating to dramatic or non-dramatic English literature of the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries.

Applications open

14 Aug 2023

Applications closed

13 Nov 2023

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Bi-annual payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $50,000

Applicable study areas

Language, literature and cultural studies; Performing and visual arts, theatre, film and television

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Merridee Bailey
    "At a time when the humanities seems under threat it is reassuring to know that scholarly work is valued and its importance is recognised. The generosity of S. Ernest Sprott in helping Australian scholars immerse themselves in the literature of early modern England is a rare gift and one I am deeply appreciative of."
    - Merridee Bailey
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be an outstanding scholar and showcase high academic achievement;
    • be an Australian citizen;
    • be less than 45 years old, at the time of the award;
    • have completed formal study before their proposed travel dates;
    • intend to publish a book relating to dramatic or non-dramatic English literature of the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries; and,
    • be able to outline a program of independent scholarly study outside Australia.

    Selection criteria

    Applicants must demonstrate an outstanding record of scholarship. They must outline a program of scholarly study outside Australia, leading to a book relating to dramatic or non-dramatic English literature of the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries.

    It is recommended that the applicant seek some kind of formal affiliation with a relevant library or university.

  • Application process

    Submit an application via the online form. Your application must include the below information:

    • a proposal of up to 500 words outlining a program of independent research outside of Australia;
    • proposed travel itinerary and indicative budget;
    • a curriculum vitae (including present position and publications);
    • proof of your Australian citizenship;
    • at least one academic reference;
    • any other information which may assist the committee in making its decision.
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 8-10 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    Samuel Ernest Sprott

    The donor, who died on 20 May 2009, was born in Hobart, Tasmania. He was an academic in the department of English at Dalhousie University, Canada, from 1958 to 1985, and for almost 25 years after his retirement he kept an office at Dalhousie University and continued his research in early modern  literature (most notably in Shakespearean studies). He was best known for his work on John Milton, notably ‘Milton’s Art of Prosody’, his first book, which appeared in nine editions between 1953 and 1978, and ‘John Milton, A Maske: the Earlier Versions’. His ‘Suicide: the English debate from Donne to Hume’ was published in 1961. He also published a collection of poems in 1955.

What are the benefits?

The scholar will receive up to $50,000, paid over four instalments.

Successful applicants are required to:

  • accept the award online within 21 days;
  • provide progress reports on the project which will be submitted to the Fellowship selection panel for approval of payment instalments; and,
  • provide a final report due within 3 months of returning from overseas.



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