International Ibsen Scholarships 2009

Ibsen in Skien. Photo by Dag Jenssen.

Ibsen in Skien. Photo by Dag Jenssen.

In 2009, the International Ibsen Scholarships will be awarded for the second time since they were inaugurated. The scholarships are meant to act as incentives for critical discourse in regards to existential and society-related subject matters concerning Henrik Ibsen.

The International Ibsen Scholarships were established by the Norwegian parliament in relation to the central government budget for the fiscal year of 2007. The Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs administers the funds, while the Skien municipality carries out the administrative support functions for the scholarships and the review panel.

The scholarships are awarded in agreement with a professional review panel, which consists of three people. Presentation of the scholarships is staged in Skien on September 11th, 2009 and coincides with the Skien International Ibsen Conference.

In total, scholarship funds amount to NOK 1,000,000. The application deadline is May 1, 2009.

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“Ibsen never gave up. He continued to the end to write, searching for that something more, that could give sense to everything – and to himself.  Ibsen didn’t try to change the world, to rectify its evils. He tried to discover why even the worst of life is worth saving.  And to find the stories and the situations through which to make this – affirmation.” Peter Brook © 2008 Winner of the International Ibsen Award 2008.

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