SKIEN, Norway, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Ibsen Scholarships were initiated in 2007 by the Norwegian government.

In total, scholarship funds amount to 1,000,000 NOK (approx. 125.000 Euro/150.000 US Dollars) in 2009, and will be awarded to Ibsen-related projects worldwide.

The scholarships are meant to act as incentives for critical discourse in regards to existential and society-related subject matters concerning Henrik Ibsen.

Scholarships are applicable to individuals, organizations or institutions within the artistic and cultural communities.

We wish for as many relevant applications as possible, from projects throughout the world. The applications will be subject to scrutiny by a review panel consisting of three people.

The International Ibsen Scholarships are awarded annually. Four projects in Asia, North-America and Europe were the initial beneficiaries when scholarships were awarded for the first time in 2008.

Presentation of the scholarships is staged in Ibsens city of birth, Skien in Norway, on September 11th, 2009 and coincides with the Skien International Ibsen Conference.

The application deadline for The International Ibsen Scholarships is May 1st, 2009.

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 (c) 2008 Winner of the International Ibsen Award 2008

For further information, statutes and application form, kindly visit our website

Contact: Hilde Guri Bohlin, e-mail:, ph: +47-38-58-10-00 / +47-917-67-903.

Contact: Hilde Guri Bohlin, e-mail:, ph: +47-38-58-10-00 / +47-917-67-903.