Shakespeare Scholarship

A graduate scholarship programme offered by the German Shakespeare Foundation in cooperation with the Klassik Stiftung Weimar

This programme is targeted at doctoral candidates who have attained an excellent university degree and whose proposed research projects in Weimar are necessary for completing their dissertations. The thematic focus of the graduate scholarship is the early modern period in a broader context, including the Baroque era, as well as processes of reception and transformation to the present day. Consideration is given to interdisciplinary and comparative research proposals with a focus on theatre, Shakespeare and his contemporaries, the expression and reception of the early modern period, and in particular, the era of Weimar Classicism.

The scholarship is awarded to demanding projects which require direct study of the collection holdings at the Klassik Stiftung Weimar.

Funding duration and scholarship amount

The funding duration ranges between two and three months. Two fellowships, each valued at 1,000 euros per month, are awarded annually.


Selection criteria

The project must possess a clearly recognisable reference to the collection holdings of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar.

The applicant must hold appropriate academic qualification.

The project must possess significance for scientific/academic research.

A committee comprised of members of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and the advisory board of the German Shakespeare Foundation is responsible for selecting the scholarship recipients. Applicants are not legally entitled to a Shakespeare Scholarship.

Required documents

Application form (PDF, 157 KB)

Brief description of the research project (10-15 lines), which can be published on the websites of the German Shakespeare Foundation and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar (if selected)

Detailed description of the research project, including a profile of one’s research interests, the current state of research, preliminary work already completed, and the specific research efforts in Weimar which the scholarship would make possible (5-6 pages)

Tabular CV, list of publications, academic certificates

Letter of recommendation by a university professor regarding the research activities to be completed in Weimar

Application deadline

The application deadline is 31 January. The selection committee reviews and selects the applications in March of every year.

Please submit your application electronically (with all documents compiled into one PDF file) or by post to the address provided below.


Accommodation and insurance

The head office of the German Shakespeare Foundation would be happy to assist recipients with finding suitable accommodation in Weimar.

As part of the Shakespeare Scholarship, recipients receive free admission to all museums and historical sites of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar.

In accordance with current tax law, the Shakespeare Scholarship is neither subject to income tax nor pension insurance contributions.

Foreign scholarship recipients or those who arrive in Germany from abroad are required to hold a health insurance policy that covers any potential costs for medical treatment in Germany. Recipients must provide proof of health insurance prior to receiving the scholarship. The scholarship cannot be awarded without insurance cover.


Obligations of the scholarship holders

Scholarship holders conduct their research in the museums, archives and libraries of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. During their stay in Weimar, they are expected to participate in regular colloquia. They agree to present their current research projects to interested members of the public in the form of a lecture in language and form which is understandable to the layperson.

At the end of their stay in Weimar – and no later than four weeks thereafter – scholarship holders must submit a progress report and answer several supplementary questions. In this report, they should describe what their research activities in Weimar yielded and indicate which collection holdings they investigated. We also welcome any suggestions for improving or further developing the Shakespeare Scholarship programme.

The scholarship holders are obliged to appropriately mention the support received from the German Shakespeare Foundation in all publications related to their research stay in Weimar. In English publications, the following formulation should be used: “This study was financed with a grant by the German Shakespeare Foundation.” Furthermore, scholarship holders must provide a specimen copy of every publication produced in connection to their research stay in Weimar.


Revocation of the scholarship

The German Shakespeare Foundation reserves the right to rescind its decision to award the scholarship if it discovers the applicant provided incorrect information in the application documents or is not complying with his/her respective obligations. If the scholarship holder does not submit his/her progress report within the given deadline, the German Shakespeare Foundation shall demand repayment of a part of the scholarship. Should changes arise with regard to one’s personal or financial circumstances during the stay in Weimar, the awarded amount may be adjusted accordingly.

Please send your application to:

Deutsche Shakespeare-Stiftung
Windischenstr. 4-6
99423 Weimar


Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.

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