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Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship Research Grant Program

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• The initial plan is to award $20,000 in grants depending on the amount of money raised.
• Funds will be raised from membership and friends and matched by SOF endowment.
• Approximately two to four grants envisioned, amounts depending on project proposals submitted.
• Grant recipients must be (or become) members of SOF to receive funds.
• Financial need will be taken into account if noted on the application.
• New unpublished applicants will be preferred to encourage new researchers.
• In addition to basic purpose (see Rules 2 and 3 below), applicants and the SOF Board can suggest topics or activities that they are interested in.
Proposals will be accepted through August 30, 2014, with the Selection Committee’s decision announced by November 30, 2014.
• Members of the Selection Committee for this first round are:
Katherine Chiljan, Bonner Cutting, Ramon Jiménez, John Hamill and Don Rubin.

Grant Program Rules

  1. The Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship intends to make two to four cash grants to scholars and researchers for the purpose of developing new knowledge bearing on the Shakespeare Authorship Question.
  2. Grants will be made for proposals that have the potential for uncovering new information about the individuals and circumstances surrounding the composition and publication of the Shakespeare canon.
  3. A successful grant application will propose one or more of the following:
    a. Examination of a neglected or previously unknown archive, library or document that might lead to a discovery of importance.
    b. Research that will identify a previously unknown person or place mentioned in the Shakespeare canon.
    c. Research that will identify the author of a literary work, or the creator of a particular image, that has an important bearing on the Shakespeare Authorship Question.
    d. Specific research projects that the SOF suggests are the following:
    i. Research in private libraries in the United Kingdom.
    ii. Research in the archives of northern Italian cities.
    iii. Research on anyone who was associated or corresponded with Oxford such as Lyly, Munday or Sturmius.
    e. Any other research that has the potential to add important new facts bearing on the Shakespeare Authorship Question.
  4.  Grants will not be made to finance a student’s degree program unless they meet one or more of the above criteria.
  5. Grant funds may be used for travel, materials, fees and, where appropriate, living expenses.
  6. Each applicant must describe the process and methods of his or her research project and explain how it meets one or
    more of the criteria listed above.
  7. Each applicant must specify the amounts requested for travel, materials, fees, and living expenses, where
    appropriate, and why they are necessary.
  8. Each applicant must be a member in good standing of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship in order to receive funds.
  9. Proposals will be judged by a selection committee appointed by the SOF President, made up of individuals who are familiar with the field of Shakespeare Authorship studies.
  10. Grants will be financed by a combination of specific donations to the Program and a matching amount from the
    Fellowship’s funds, to a combined maximum of $20,000.
  11. The grant proposal period will run for three months, after which the Society will announce the successful applicants. The donation period will run indefinitely.
  12. Depending on the amount raised and matched, the Fellowship will make one or more grants of $3,000 to $20,000.
  13. Grantees will be expected to complete their research within six months and submit a written report to the SOF Board of Trustees within the following three months.
  14. Grantees will be encouraged to submit papers describing their research to mainstream journals. If this is unsuccessful, the Fellowship will consider such papers for one of its publications.
  15. Applications should be submitted to John Hamill at hamillx@pacbell.net.

Instructions for submission:

  1. Submit by email to John Hamill at hamillx@pacbell.net.
  2. 12-point type, double spaced, four-page maximum narrative.
  3. Grant funds are limited; the SOF prefers to give the grant to a person who would not be able to do the project as well, or at all, without it. The SOF grant may only partially fund your project; in that case will you be able to find the other funds needed or reduce the scale of the project? SOF grants will range from $3,000 to $20,000.

Contents of four-page narrative:

  1. A two-sentence summary of the project (for announcement purposes).
  2. Detailed line-item budget of the grant request.
  3. Need or opportunity for the research—with your hypothesis.
  4. Research plan (what will be done, where, other relevant info, timeline).
  5. Background of person doing research—education, membership in SOF, ability to do research, etc.
  6. Why you need the grant. If the SOF can only fund a portion of your request, how will that affect your project?

Criteria (50 points total)
35 points—research hypothesis and plan
7 points—background of applicant
4 points—need
4 points—new researcher

Donations to the Research Grant Program are accepted here.

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