The Bard Graduate Center (BGC)  is devoted to the study of decorative arts, design history, and material culture through research, advanced degrees, exhibitions, publications, and events. Its Fields of the Future fellowship and mentorship program aims to help promote diversity and inclusion in the advanced study of the material world. These fellowships are intended to encourage exploration and expansion of the sources, techniques, voices, and questions of interdisciplinary humanities scholarship from different perspectives. This initiative will consider a range of research and creative projects which may include (but are not limited to) design and disability studies, the material culture of the African, Asian, and Oceanic diasporas, indigeneity, design and climate change, design and public health, and the material culture of ethnic minorities and of LGBTQ communities.

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 a dynamic research environment is intellectually valuable. Fellows will be paired with BGC faculty and research librarians to connect with human and material resources.


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 how being a fellow at BGC would benefit their research practice. Artists at any career stage may apply, but applicants should not be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate programs.

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