The S.Ernest Sprott Fellowship

24th Feb 2017
1st May 2017
Enrolment status
University Trust Record


Study Area

English and Theatre Studies


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.



One fellowship will be offered.


  • Open to an Australian citizen who is an outstanding scholar, less than 45 years of age at the time of the award, 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.


  • The successful applicant will be required to visit the University of Melbourne to meet the selection committee before they depart for overseas to introduce their project. Costs incurred for this meeting (including airfares, meals and one night accommodation) will be organised by the recipient and will be purchased out of the fellowship funds.
  • The recipient will be expected to provide quarterly reports on their progress in order for continuing payment of the award. These reports, to be delivered by the applicant at the end of each quarter, must be ratified by the committee or appropriate representative before the next quarterly payment can be made.
  • Each report should be no longer than 1 A4 page in length, and include the following details:
    • list of the research successfully completed by the candidate in that quarter, including archival studies, cross-referenced to the proposed schedule
    • a brief account of any significant departures from the proposal, whether due to significant archival discoveries or other factors
    • a list of any accomplishments associated with the scholarship, including public presentations or publications.
  • The fourth and final reporting which is due within 3 months of returning from overseas will include a public presentation at the University of Melbourne, at a time to be organised by the candidate in collaboration with the committee. Costs incurred for this meeting (including airfares, meals and one night accommodation) will be organised by yourself and will be purchased out of your fellowship funds. The final presentation will be required for successful acquittal of the grant, and may include interviews for marketing purposes.


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

Application process

Complete online application including budget details and upload the following supporting documents:

  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
  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 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.

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.

Taxation on scholarships

Scholarships awarded to part-time students are assessed as taxable income by the Australian Taxation Office (under section 51-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997).

To ensure the correct rate of income tax is withheld, part-time students will be asked to provide a Tax File Number (TFN) Declaration Form prior to payment.

For further information on whether a scholarship is taxable, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website.