Shakespeare Scholarship

Worth up to $3500, this scholarship is awarded to the student who submits the best essay on the subject of Shakespeare.

Applications open

18 Oct 2021

Last day for applications

17 Jan 2022
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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 $3,500

Applicable study areas

Language, literature and cultural studies

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 1

  • 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 need to:

    • 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 OR
    • have qualified not more than one year previously for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (ordinary degree) with a major in English and Theatre Studies from the University of Melbourne

    Recipients are required to:

    • Accept award online within 21 days
    • Write a letter of appreciation to the committee upon acceptance of the award

    Selection criteria

    Eligible applicants are assessed on the quality of the essay they have submitted.

  • Application process

    Submit an online application, including a 4000 to 5000 word essay on Shakespeare.

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  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    Shakespeare Scholarship

    In 1863 a group of prominent citizens in Victoria commenced an appeal to raise funds to commemorate the tercentenary of Shakespeare's birth the following year principally by means of scholarships. In 1866 the University Council agreed to accept the £752 collected and to establish a scholarship in Shakespeare's honour. The University contributed £248 to ensure the sum available to endow the scholarship was £1,000, the original aim of the citizens group.

What are the benefits?

A single payment of up to $3,500



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