Graduate assistantships are available to qualified students and are awarded on a competitive basis. Stipends are approximately $12,000 and include a partial or full waiver of tuition. The program particularly encourages applications from minority students.
Your application is due by March 1st for full consideration for the following school year. If you want to apply after that please contact Dr. Williams, but know that there may not be money left for the upcoming year. We make assistantship offers in March.
As part of the application, we ask that you send a writing sample directly to the department head, Dr. Michael Ann Williams. This may be a statement of your interest for the program, an undergraduate paper, or a piece of professional writing.
Generally students work as research and/or teaching assistants for individual faculty members within the department. However some have assignments working for special projects or work outside the department. For example, we currently have students working as graduate assistants at the Kentucky Museum and at Mammoth Cave National Park.
Currently, the department has full tuition waivers for six graduate teaching associates in addition to the regular Department of Folk Studies graduate assistantships. There will also be a new archival assistantship due to a recently recived grant.