BFE Fieldwork Grants Scheme

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology is pleased to announce the BFE Fieldwork Grants scheme (open from 15th Nov 2019 for 2020 scheme).

Please read the following information, then click on the link to the application form at the bottom. 

(The link can also be found on the Fieldwork Grants drop-down option under the Members Section menu). 


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. Up to 3 grants collectively totalling up to £1500 will be awarded for the 2020 scheme.


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. Please note that applicants must have renewed their student membership for 2019 in order to be eligible to apply. If you have not renewed your membership yet then please do so using the 2019 bfe join/renew form. Only one application per person is permitted and fieldwork must start during 2020.


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

Application Procedure

To make an application, the following should be submitted:

  1. A letter addressing the grant criteria. The letter should also provide a clear indication of: the fieldwork schedule; the expected costs; the amount of funding requested from the BFE scheme; and other sources of research funding received and/or applied for. The letter must not exceed 2 pages in length.
  2. A short CV, not exceeding 1 page in length.
  3. A short reference letter, not exceeding 1 page in length, in support of the application from the applicant’s PhD supervisor. Supervisors may wish to send their reference letter by email directly to the Chair (

Application Deadline and Decision Notification

Applications must be submitted using the Grant Application Submission Form (follow the link), or by email, by the end of Monday 16 December 2019. Applications will be evaluated by a BFE panel. The decision of the panel is final, and the BFE regrets that it is unable to provide feedback on applications and decisions made by the panel. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the awards by Monday 13 January 2020.

Payment of Grants for Successful Applications

Successful applicants must 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 3 months after the completion of the fieldwork. Fieldwork reports are likely to be made public on the BFE website, social media etc. Grant awardees may also be requested to do a short presentation about their fieldwork at BFE meetings such as the AGM. Any publications resulting from the fieldwork should acknowledge receipt of a BFE Fieldwork Grant.

Please click here to go to the application form

(you must be a logged-in and paid-up student member-in-good-standing to apply)



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


BFE Fieldwork Grant recipients 2019

BFE Fieldwork Grant recipients 2018

BFE Fieldwork Grant recipients 2017

BFE Fieldwork Grant recipients 2016