Each year, PSi makes several awards to reward and advance the global study of performance. These awards provide recognition and financial support for emerging scholars, activists, artists, and conference participants from underrepresented regions to honor their investment in PSi and support their participation. For more information about these awards, deadlines, procedures and eligibility, please see below.
Dwight Conquergood Award
Every year the board of PSi makes this award in honour of the memory of Dwight Conquergood. The award is presented to an individual whose work around cultural performance in some way carries a connection to Dwight´s own practice. The award covers the cost of attending the annual PSi conference, including travel, accommodation and registration fees.
Artist | Scholar | Activist Award
The Artist-Scholar-Activist (ASA) Award is an award for outstanding achievement within the cross-disciplinary field of performance. The award is given to an Artist/ Scholar/ Activist who has spent at least a decade fostering exchange among ASA and whose work has facilitated collaboration either interdisciplinary or international. The first award was granted to Bobby Baker in 2012 at the PSi Conference in Leeds. Nominations may come from both the conference director ahead of the conference and from the PSi Board of Directors. The PSi prize committee will then appoint a winner in collaboration with the conference organizers. The award winner is required to attend the conference where their work will be shown and discussed. The Award consists of USD 1000, plus conference registration.
The Enrichment Bursary award is to support new and unaffiliated artists/scholars/activists, particularly those from groups under-represented, to attend the PSi conference and make a contribution. The Enrichment Bursary covers costs of attending the annual PSi conference, including accommodation and registration fee, but not travel expenses. It is paid for and awarded by the conference organizers who take care of the reviewing process. Only applicants who have already had their proposal for a presentation accepted by the organisers of the current PSi conference can receive the award.
To be announced at PSI #25 Calgary
The prize, sponsored by Routledge, was launched in collaboration with Performance Studies international at PSi#15 to recognise research excellence at the postgraduate level. The Routledge Prize is awarded annually for a research presentation in the PSi conference academic programme by a graduate student registered at an institution in the host country or region of the conference. (The choice of country or region will be made in consultation with conference organisers in advance of the event.) Contenders will be nominated and the award judged by members of the PSi Board. The winner will receive £150 of Routledge books, plus a year’s subscription to Performance Research. The prize will be presented at PSi’s Annual General Meeting, and news of the award posted on the PSi website.
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Prize
To be announced mid-May for PSI #25 Calgary
This prize of £500 is to assist excellent graduate students (MPhil or PhD) and/or independent scholars to cover the costs of attending the PSi conference. It is awarded annually for a successful proposal for the PSi conference program by a graduate student or independent scholar in the domain of practice either as method or object of enquiry or both.