J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize

The J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize recognizes doctoral work with a significant Shakespeare component.

Dissertations submitted for the 2025 prize must have been approved between 1 September 2023 and 1 September 2024. Applicants must be SAA members in good standing.

Applications are comprised of three parts:

  • A completed online form.
  • An unsigned, anonymous cover letter of no more than two pages, providing an abstract of the dissertation, giving context for the submitted writing sample (see below).
  • Twenty pages (maximum) from the introduction to the dissertation or from any chapter of the applicant’s choice. (The submission need not comprise a complete chapter.) Page headers must be purged of author names, and notes should not reveal author identity or affiliation.

The cover letter and writing sample should be in twelve-point Times Roman font, double-spaced, and with standard (one-inch) margins.

Submissions must be thoroughly anonymized, with no names or affiliations in the page headers and no author identities betrayed in notes or in acknowledgments. Submissions that have been incompletely anonymized will not be considered.

A short list of candidates will be asked to submit copies of their full dissertations for further review. Application materials are reviewed by a committee headed by a member of the SAA’s Board of Trustees.

The Dissertation Prize is presented at the SAA’s Annual Luncheon each year.

Click here to apply. (forthcoming August 2024)

Deadline: 1 October 2024.