BFE Early Career Prize

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology invites nominations for the new BFE Early Career Prize, which will be awarded biennially for a distinguished article written by a BFE member who is in the early stages of their career. The recipient of the prize will be invited to deliver a keynote lecture on behalf of the BFE at the annual BFE-RMA Research Students Conference. Nominations can be made by any member of the BFE and self-nominations are encouraged. Articles should be in English and be published in any peer-reviewed academic journal or edited book. Articles published between 16th December 2017 and 15th December 2019 will be eligible for the 2020 prize. Only one nomination per candidate will be accepted in any one iteration of the prize.

In terms of eligibility, the BFE follows an adapted version of the Arts & Humanities Research Council definition of early career researcher as: an individual who is within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training and has not held a permanent academic position for more than four years, or an individual who is within four years of their first permanent academic appointment (e.g. lectureship). These durations exclude any period of career break, e.g. for family care or health reasons.

Nominations should be accompanied by the article and abstract, as well as a CV or other piece of evidence that proves eligibility. These documents must be submitted electronically to the chair of the prize committee, Dr Matthew Machin-Autenrieth (, in pdf format. All nominations for the 2020 prize must be received by the 15th December 2019 and the award will be announced at the BFE’s Annual Conference at Bath Spa University in April 2020. Please direct any queries to the prize committee chair.