BFE Fieldwork Grants
The British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) is pleased to announce the launch of a fieldwork grant scheme.
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 2016 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. Applicants must also be a student member of the BFE at the time of application for the scheme. Only one application per person is permitted and fieldwork must start during 2016.
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.
To make an application, the following should be submitted:
- 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.
- A short CV, not exceeding 1 page in length.
- A short reference letter, not exceeding 1 page in length, in support of the application from the applicant’s PhD supervisor.
Applications must be sent in electronic form by email to Barley Norton, Chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology at: b.nortongold.ac.uk. Supervisors may wish to send their reference letter by email directly to the Chair.
Application Deadline and Decision Notification
Applications must be submitted by email by the end of Friday 11 December 2015. Applications will be evaluated by a BFE panel and applicants will be informed of the outcome of the awards by Monday 18 January 2016. 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.
Payment of Grants for Successful Applications
Successful applicants must liaise with the BFE Treasurer (bfetreasurergmail.com) before grants are disbursed. Payment will be made via bank transfer.
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.