Shakespeare Scholarship Programme-Eligibility, Requirements

Shakespeare Scholarship programme- The German Shakespeare Foundation, offers a graduate scholarship program, in collaboration with the Klassik Stiftung Weimar.

This scholarship program is intended for doctorate candidates with outstanding academic credentials whose proposed research projects in Weimar are essential to finishing their dissertations. The early modern period in a broader framework, encompassing the Baroque era, as well as processes of reception and transformation up to the present day, are the themes of graduate studies. With a focus on theater, Shakespeare and his contemporaries, the expression and reception of the early modern period, and particularly the time of Weimar Classicism, interdisciplinary and comparative research suggestions are taken into consideration.

The scholarship is given to challenging projects that call for an in-depth examination of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar’s collection holdings.

Funding duration and scholarship amount

The funding period lasts for two to three months. Each year, two fellowships of up to 2,000 euros per month are given out.

Shakespeare Scholarship Programme

Anyone who is interested in the Shakespeare scholarship programme is hereby required to click here to get the application form and apply.


Application & Eligibility Criteria

  • The project must include a recognizable reference to the Klassik Stiftung Weimar’s collection holdings.
  • The applicant must have the required academic credentials.
  • The project must be significant for academic or scientific research.
  • The scholarship awardees are chosen by a committee made up of representatives of the German Shakespeare Foundation’s advisory board and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. Shakespeare Scholarships are not legally required of applicants.

Required documents

  1. Brief research project summary (10–15 lines), which may be posted on the German Shakespeare Foundation and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar websites (if selected)
  2. A thorough description of the research proposal, including a research interest profile, the present state of the field, any preliminary work that has been done, and the specific research activities in Weimar that the scholarship would enable (5-6 pages)
  3. A table-based resume (CV), publications, and academic credentials
  4. Recommendation letter from a professor at a university for the research projects to be carried out in Weimar

Application deadline for Shakespeare Scholarship Programme

The application deadline passes on January 31. Every year in March, the selection committee examines the applications and makes its selections.

You are to mail your application to the address listed below, either electronically (with all supporting materials combined into one PDF file).

Accommodation and insurance

The German Shakespeare Foundation’s headquarters will be glad to help awardees locate appropriate housing in Weimar.

All museums and historical institutions run by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are free to enter for Shakespeare Scholarship holders.

The Shakespeare Scholarship is not subject to income tax or pension insurance contributions under existing tax law.

A health insurance policy that covers any potential costs for medical treatment in Germany is required of all foreign scholarship recipients and foreign nationals who enter Germany. Prior to obtaining the scholarship, recipients are required to show proof of health insurance. Without insurance, the scholarship cannot be provided.


duties for recipients of scholarships

Research is done by scholarship recipients in the libraries, archives, and museums of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. They are expected to take part in typical colloquia while they are in residence in Weimar. They consent to giving lectures in a format and language that laypeople may comprehend to interested members of the public in order to present their ongoing research initiatives.

Scholarship recipients are required to submit a progress report and respond to a number of additional questions at the conclusion of their time in Weimar, and no later than four weeks thereafter. They should outline the results of their Weimar-based research in this report, along with the collection holdings they looked at. We also appreciate any ideas you may have for enhancing or expanding the Shakespeare Scholarship program.

The scholarship holders must properly acknowledge the German Shakespeare Foundation’s support in all works pertaining to their research stay in Weimar. The phrase “This study was sponsored with a grant from the German Shakespeare Foundation” should be used in English publications. Moreover, recipients of scholarships are required to submit a sample copy of each publication created in conjunction with their time spent conducting research in Weimar.

Revocation of the Shakespeare scholarship Programme

Can the Shakespeare Foundation revoke my application? why?

If the German Shakespeare Foundation learns that the applicant provided false information in the application materials or is not upholding his or her respective commitments, it retains the right to revoke its decision to give the scholarship. The German Shakespeare Foundation may require reimbursement of a portion of the scholarship if the scholarship bearer fails to submit his or her progress report by the deadline. The allocated sum may be modified if circumstances in one’s personal or financial life change while they are visiting Weimar.

All applicants are required to send his or her application form to:

Deutsche Shakespeare-Stiftung
Windischenstr. 4-6
99423 Weimar

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