BGC Director of Public Humanities + Research, Andrew Kircher, with 2023 fellows kelli rae adams and Juan Carlos G Mantilla. Photo by Fresco Arts Team.

The fellowship programs at Bard Graduate Center are designed to further the institution’s goal of promoting research in the areas of decorative arts, design history, and material culture—what we call the “cultural history of the material world.” We offer a number of fellowship opportunities for researchers and artists working in these and allied areas. See below for details regarding specific fellowships. For questions, please contact [email protected].

Current Fellowship Opportunities

Fields of the Future Fellowships, 2024–25

The Fields of the Future fellowship aims to help promote diversity and inclusion in the advanced study of the material world. These partially funded fellowships—for both scholars and artists—reflect our commitment to explore and expand the sources, techniques, voices, and questions of interdisciplinary humanities scholarship from different perspectives.

BGC Fields of the Future Fellowship applications for the 2024–25 academic year are now closed. The BGC Visiting Fellowship application is open until March 1, 2024. Information on 2025–26 academic year fellowships will be released in fall 2024.

Visiting Fellowships, 2024–25

We invite scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience to apply for non-stipendiary visiting fellowships. Intended for scholars who have already secured means of funding, this fellowship provides scholars with workspace in the BGC Research Center and enables them to join our dynamic, intellectual, and scholarly community in New York City.

BGC Visiting Fellowship applications for the 2024–25 academic year are now open; applications are due March 1, 2024.

About Bard Graduate Center

Bard Graduate Center is a research institute devoted to the study of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, material culture studies, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Its MA and PhD degree programs, gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public programs explore new ways of thinking about the cultural history of the material world. BGC’s specialized library comprises 60,000 volumes exclusive of serials. BGC publishes the journals West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture and Source: Notes in the History of Art, the book series Cultural Histories of the Material World (all with the University of Chicago Press), and the catalogues that accompany the exhibitions presented every year in the BGC Gallery (with Yale University Press). More than fifty research seminars, lectures, and symposia are presented annually, and many are made available on Bard Graduate Center’s YouTube channel.

Bard Graduate Center requires all employees to be fully vaccinated and follow the guidelines and protocols established to address campus safety regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.