Shakespeare Scholarship

The Shakespeare Scholarship is available for Bachelor of Arts students with a major in English Literature and Theatre Studies who submit the best essay on the subject of Shakespeare.

Application dates

Applications are currently closed

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $6,000

Applicable study areas

Language, literature and cultural studies

Number of scholarships awarded

1 or more

  • Gemma Hannan
    "The scholarship was a great boost of confidence going into my final year of Arts, majoring in English and Theatre studies. Shakespeare’s works still hold an astounding ability to channel the socio-political climates in which they are performed, and to challenge an audience’s sense of independent self and collective identity. I hope I can continue to pursue this line of investigation around the role of Shakespeare in National Theatres, looking into other plays and adaptations."
    - Gemma Hannan
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be enrolled in the course for the degree of Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne and be undertaking a second, third, or fourth Year English and Theatre Studies subject.

    Selection criteria

    Eligible applicants are assessed on the quality of the essay they have submitted as determined and assessed by the selection committee.

  • Application process

    Eligible applicants are required to submit an online application including a 4000- to 5000-word essay on Shakespeare.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email.

  • About the donor

    Shakespeare Scholarship

    The Shakespeare Scholarship came into being when in 1863 a group of prominent citizens in the Colony of Victoria undertook an appeal to raise funds to commemorate three hundred years from Shakespeare's birth the following year. In 1866 the University Council agreed to accept the £752 collected and to establish a perpetual scholarship in Shakespeare's honour.

    The Scholarship is awarded to the student who submits the best essay on the subject of Shakespeare, as judged by the English and Theatre Studies Program Board of Examiners.

What are the benefits?

Up to $6,000.


Recipients are required to accept award online within 21 days.


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