BFE Fieldwork Grants Scheme

The 2023 Fieldwork Prize competition is now closed. A call for the 2024 competition will be announced in January 2024.

Purpose of the Grants

The BFE Fieldwork Grants are intended to support doctoral candidates conducting ethnomusicological field research in the UK and abroad through making a contribution towards the costs of travel and subsistence. Bids for up to £600 are welcome.


The BFE Fieldwork Grants scheme is open to all students enrolled on a PhD programme at a university in the UK who are conducting ethnomusicological research. Applicants must be 2023 members of the BFE to be eligible (the BFE membership year runs from January to December). You can join the BFE or renew your membership on the BFE website. Only one application per person is permitted and the fieldwork must start during 2023.


The criteria of evaluation are (a) the quality, originality and significance of the research and its potential contribution to ethnomusicological knowledge, theory and debate; (b) the feasibility of the fieldwork; (c) the importance of the fieldwork for achieving the stated research aims and outcomes; and (d) the need of the applicant; i.e., the likelihood of being unable to obtain fieldwork funding from other sources. There is no preference for particular geographical areas or topics.

Payment of Grants for Successful Applications

Successful applicants must subsequently liaise with the BFE Treasurer ( before grants are disbursed. Payment will be made via bank transfer.

Post-Award Reports

Successful applicants are requested to submit a short fieldwork report – up to 500 words in length, accompanied by other media materials if appropriate – within three months after the completion of the fieldwork. Fieldwork reports will typically be made public via the BFE website, social media, etc. Grant awardees may also be asked to discuss their fieldwork at a BFE meeting (e.g., at the AGM of the annual conference). Any publications resulting from the fieldwork should acknowledge receipt of a BFE Fieldwork Grant.



Click on the links below to view previous recipients of the BFE Fieldwork Grant:


BFE Fieldwork Grant recipients 2023

BFE Fieldwork Grant recipients 2022

BFE Fieldwork Grant recipients 2021

BFE Fieldwork Grant recipients 2020

BFE Fieldwork Grant recipients 2019

BFE Fieldwork Grant recipients 2018

BFE Fieldwork Grant recipients 2017

BFE Fieldwork Grant recipients 2016