The S.Ernest Sprott Fellowship

Status: Open
Approximate value: $40,500
The amount available for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.
Open: 1 Feb 2014
Close: 19 May 2014
Area of study: Culture and Communication, English and theatre studies
Study level: Fellowship
Travel support: Yes
Citizenship: Domestic (Aust & NZ)
Financial need: No
University trust record: UTR7.278

The applicant must be an Australian citizen and no more than 45 years of age at the time of the award.

Background

The late Samuel Ernest Sprott, who died on 20 May 2009, was born in Hobart, Tasmania. He was an academic in the department of English at Dalhousie University, Canada, from 1958 to 1985. For almost 25 years after his retirement he kept an office at Dalhousie University and continued his research in early modern literature (most notably in Shakespeare studies). He was best known for his work on John Milton, notably Milton's Art of Prosody, his first book, which appeared in nine editions between 1953 and 1978, and John Milton, A Maske: the Earlier Versions. His book Suicide: The English Debate from Donne to Hume was published in 1961. He also published a collection of poems in 1955.

Conditions

The S. Ernest Sprott fellowship is to be awarded annually to an Australian citizen who is an outstanding scholar less than 45 years of age at the time of the award, a fellowship for scholarly study outside of Australia which is intended to lead to a book relating to dramatic or non-dramatic English literature of the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries.

Applicants must demonstrate an outstanding record of scholarship. They must outline a program of scholarly study outside Australia, leading to a book relating to dramatic or non-dramatic English literature of the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries.

It is recommended that the applicant seek some kind of formal affiliation with a relevant library or university.

Fellowship funds will be paid in quarterly instalments providing that the committee is satisfied with the progress of the candidate who will submit quarterly reports.

Application process

You must supply the following documents to support your application. You can upload these into the application form:

  1. A brief proposal detailing the intended scholarly studies outside Australia on dramatic or non-dramatic English literature of the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries (no more than one page)
  2. A short budget, including estimates of travel and living expenses (application form contains budget questions)
  3. A curriculum vitae (including present position and publications) (no more than two pages)
  4. Certified copy of Australian Citizenship (Passport, Birth Certificate, Citizenship Certificate)
  5. Two academic references (upload copies into application form or referees can email directly to artsprizes-info@unimelb.edu.au)
  6. Optional:  Further supporting information that may assist the committee in making its decision (ie, this allows you space on the application form to upload documents, in addition to the above, which you may feel are relevant for the committee)

The judges' decision will be final and the University reserves the right not to award the prize in the event it is considered that no work of sufficient merit has been submitted. Winning applicants please note the University of Melbourne reserves the right to publish the name of the winning applicant on its websites and other University of Melbourne publications.