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, the Kentucky Folklife Program, and with special grant-funded projects.
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 by February 1. If it's later than that, or if you are applying to begin in the spring, please contact the Folk Studies program director about the possibility of funding.
Special Funding Opportunities:
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 (a stipend and a full waiver of tuition) will be available for a Folk Studies Graduate Assistant to assist in this project for both the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years. Contact the Folk Studies program director for more information.
Applicants to the WKU Folk Studies MA program for upcoming semesters who are legal
residents of an Appalachian Regional Commission county in Kentucky, North Carolina,
Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia or West Virginia may apply for an In These Mountains Graduate Student Fellowship with funding provided by South Arts. Contact the Folk Studies program director for more information.
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.