The Fields of the Future fund is intended to provide current BGC students and alums with financial support to pursue projects that align with the mission and values of the Institute: bringing new voices or narratives into the study of decorative arts, design history, and material culture. This is an open call, but all proposals must result in a finished product, for example, a panel discussion, a digital exhibition, or a resource or guide. These funds are not meant to supplement another award or be used in place of the general student travel/research fund. See the FAQ for more information.

Applications due February 15, 2021.

The application form is available here. Email completed applications to


When are applications due?

Applications are due February 15, 2021.

When will I be notified as to the status of my application?

All applicants will be notified as to the status of their application by February 20, 2021.

Is there a deadline by which my project must be completed?

Projects must be completed by June 30, 2021.

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

Current BGC MA and PhD students and BGC alumni.

How much is the award?

Awards will be made up to $1,000.

Do I have to apply as an individual or can a group apply for funds?

Individuals and groups are welcome to apply. If applying as a group one person should submit the application on behalf of the group. This person will be the point person for the application and, should the proposal be selected, this person would liaise with administrative staff at BGC on behalf of the group.

Who selects the winning submission(s)?

A committee made up of one faculty member, one staff member, and one student.

I have more question, who can I contact?

Please email Laura Minsky at