Graduate Student Funding
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to qualified students and are awarded on a competitive basis. Stipends are approximately $12,000, and graduate assistants may also receive a partial or full waiver of tuition. Graduate assistantships range from research and teaching assistance for individual faculty members, to positions at the Kentucky Museum and the Kentucky Folklife Program.
Thanks to a grant awarded to the Kentucky Museum at WKU from the Henry Luce Foundation to support the digital documentation of the Museum’s folk art collection, full funding will be available for one Folk Studies Graduate Assistant to assist in this project for two years beginning in Fall 2021. Applicants can learn more here and should discuss their interest in this position with Folk Studies director Ann Ferrell when they apply.
In order to apply for a graduate assistantship (GA), you must complete a graduate assistantship application form and submit it to the Folk Studies program director along with your application materials.
We usually begin to make offers in early March for the following fall, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If it's later than March, or if you are applying to begin in the spring, please contact the Folk Studies program director about the possibility of funding.
Research and Travel Funding
We make every effort to support student travel to conferences, especially the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society. The Graduate School also has funding available for conducting and presenting research. Visit their website for information and application deadlines for research and travel grants. You should talk with the Folk Studies program director about the application process far in advance of applying.