Bard Graduate Center: Fields of the Future fellowship and mentorship program

Bard Graduate Center (BGC) is pleased to continue its annual Fields of the Future fellowship and mentorship program, which aims to help promote diversity and inclusion in the advanced study of the material world. For 2022-23, we are expanding our application pool to also include artists whose practices seek to make research visible. These fellowships reflect our commitment to explore and expand the sources, techniques, voices, and questions of interdisciplinary humanities scholarship from different perspectives. BGC studies the past in its own terms in order to better understand where the future has come from. We invite applicants to submit projects that they think map the fields of the future. In an effort to promote necessary diversity and inclusion in the fields of decorative arts, design history, and material culture, we particularly wish to encourage applicants from historically underrepresented groups and/or projects of related thematic focus.

BGC invites fellowship applications from scholars and artists. Scholars should have university, museum, or independent backgrounds and possess a PhD or equivalent professional experience. Doctoral students of exceptional promise are also encouraged to apply. Artists should make clear what being a fellow at the BGC will mean for their research or how their research practice would benefit. Artists at any career stage may apply, but applicants should not be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate programs.

The fellowships are intended to fund collections-based research at Bard Graduate Center or elsewhere in New York City, as well as writing, reading, and creative projects in which being part of our dynamic research environment is intellectually valuable. Fellows will be paired with BGC faculty and research librarians to connect with human and material resources. To learn more about our research collections visit: Folio (

All materials must be received by Monday, December 6, 2021, at 11:59 PM EST. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please direct questions to the Fellowship Committee via email ( and see our Frequently Asked Questions page. The stipend rate is $3,500 per month. Fellowships will be awarded for one semester (four months in the fall or spring). Fellows will be given a workspace in our Research Center at 38 West 86th Street in New York City and accommodation at Bard Hall, located at 410 West 58th Street.

We do not reimburse fellows for travel, relocation, housing, or visa-related costs in connection with this fellowship award. Also, please note that the fellowship stipend and the value of the provided housing may be subject to taxes for both US citizens and non-US citizens in accordance with US tax code.