The Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA) hereby invites applications from eligible female SONTA members for the maiden edition of SONTA-THEODORA TOBRISE YOUNG FEMALE THESIS ASSISTANCE GRANT- 2016. This Grant Award is instituted by Professor Mabel Evwierohoma in memory of her mother, Mrs. Theodora Airenvwinkiekie Ewemade Tobrise (Née Aiwerioghne) to mitigate some of the challenges faced by young female Theatre Academics. The grant is essentially meant to help the recipients word process (type) and bind their theses/dissertations. The Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA) holds the right to administer this grant. The grant covers both the Master’s and PhD degree programmes. The grant is available to qualified applicants annually to assist them in the production of their postgraduate research theses/dissertations. Only two applicants in each of the categories can benefit from the grant annually. The Grant for Master’s degree programme is worth N50,000.00 only each, while the PhD degree programme is worth N100,000.00 only each.


The SONTA-Theodora Tobrise Young Female Thesis Assistance Grant covers only registered female SONTA members who are undergoing studies in Theatre Arts or its equivalence at the Postgraduate level (Master’s and PhD degree programmes) in any NUC approved universities. To qualify, a candidate must be a registered SONTA member; not more than 35 years or 40 years old respectively; have not previously received this grant; must successfully defended your proposal; and currently registered as a student on either an M. A. or PhD programme.

Application Procedure

Applicants shall download an application form from SONTA website (; complete and submit application form with copies of all the required credentials and documents to the SONTA General Secretary by the stipulated deadline. Failure to meet the stipulated conditions will lead to the disqualification of the application. Every applicant must read the Grant’s Guidelines before completing the form. The guidelines document is also available on SONTA website.

Screening of Application and Disbursement

A Board of Trustees shall be constituted for the grant by SONTA Executive body. Upon the expiration of the submission date of applications, the Board of trustees shall screen and consider the various applications for the grant; a list of successful applicants shall be submitted to SONTA President for announcement and disbursement. The decision of the grant’s Board of trustees shall be final and NOT contestable under any legal process. The Board of Trustees shall submit to SONTA President a comprehensive report on every award exercise and this shall be made public on SONTA website. The grant shall be released to the beneficiary lump sum. Selected Master’s degree students beneficiary shall receive the sum of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000.00) only each; while the PhD students beneficiary shall receive One hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000.00) only each.

Members of the Board of Trustees

  1. Representative of SONTA Council – Chairman
  2. Representative of SONTA EXCO
  3. Representative of SONTA Congress

Award Presentation

The winners will be announced by the SONTA President at the next SONTA International conference in 2016.

Close of Application

All applications must be received by March 30th, 2016. Late entries will not be honoured.

Completed application documents shall be sent to:

The General Secretary (Dr. Gowon Ama Doki)

Society of Nigeria Theatre Artist (SONTA)

Department of Theatre Arts,

Benue State University, Makurdi,

P.M.B. 102119, Makurdi, Nigeria

Tel: +234(0)8036366634, +234(0)8171504698

For comprehensive information please visit SONTA website:

Announced by:

Prof. Sunday E. Ododo, fsonta

President, SONTA