Scholarships and Awards

Through the generosity of donors, the following are among the various scholarships, awards, and assistantships available to faculty and undergraduate students in the Department of English and Theatre.


Donat Visiting Artist Endowment

Originally established in 2001 through the generosity of Dr. Peter Donat (B.Sc 1949, BA 1950, DCL 1994) and family, the Endowment was revised in 2017 to enhance the benefits it provides to students, faculty, and the community. The Peter Donat Visiting Artist Endowment supports travel, accommodation and honoraria for notable actors, directors, playwrights, musicians, and lighting designers to visit the Acadia campus to meet with and mentor students, to interact with faculty, and to conduct a master class, performance, and/or public presentation. Visiting artists will be selected by the Dean of Arts or designate, and invitations can be made on an annual or biennial basis.

Student Scholarships and Awards

The University offers various scholarships to incoming and current students, and, in addition, the Department of English and Theatre has several scholarships available only to students enrolled as English or Theatre majors. English recipients are chosen by a committee of English Department faculty members and Theatre recipients by a committee of Theatre faculty members.  

More information can be found on the Scholarships and Financial Aid website at

Student Assistantships

Student Assistantships are usually available in the Department of English and Theatre on a competitive basis to students taking a Major or Honours degree in English or a Major in Theatre. Normally, assistantships are not available to first-year students. A call for applications goes out to all majors in March of each year from the Departmental Office. If you are successful, you will be notified by email in July.

Duties of a Student Assistant may include working with individual faculty members on research projects, production of the Department newsletter, library ordering or research, website updates, coordination of readings or conferences, or staging of the fall and winter theatre productions. Students generally find the experience of working with a faculty member one-on-one a valuable learning experience and a useful item to add to their resumes.