New Folklore Fellowships
CFS is delighted to announce that the College of Arts and Sciences has created two new graduate fellowships targeted for folklore students. Because our PhD program is interdepartmental, these fellowships will make it easier for us to admit students whose research interests do not align well with departmental priorities. They will also allow us to offer a total of six years of support instead of the usual five, allowing for a supported fieldwork year.
Students will continue to apply through our participating departments, and most folklore students will continue to be supported by departments and eligible for the usual competitive university fellowships. Students wishing to be considered for the folklore-specific fellowships should notify both the intended department and the Center for Folklore Studies to ensure joint review of their applications.
The support package for the fellowship awardees will normally consist of six years of tuition and fees plus nine-month living stipend, normally broken down as follows: three years as a teaching assistant in the relevant department, two years as archivist or graduate assistant in the Center for Folklore Studies, and one year on fellowship. (This is for students entering at MA level; students with the MA will receive fewer years of funding. Continuity of funding from year to year assumes the student's satisfactory academic progress.) The fellowship year will come after the PhD candidacy exam, typically in the fourth year; the distribution of the other years will be worked out between the student, CFS, and the department, subject to program needs.
In this way, students will build up a strong and varied teaching profile along with archival and administrative experience. It is expected that in most cases the fellowship will free students up for a fieldwork year. Students will earn a degree in the relevant department along with a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Folklore.
After exploring the CFS and departmental websites, interested students should contact Professor Dorothy Noyes, CFS Director of Graduate Studies <email@example.com> to alert us of your intention to apply and your wish to be considered for the Folklore Fellowships.
Update: 2014-2015 Fellowships
The Center for Folklore Studies has a small number of one- or two-semester fellowships available for post-candidacy PhD students during the 2014-2015 academic year. The fellowships provide the equivalent of a 50% GA stipend and tuition remission for the period covered and may be used to support fieldwork or dissertation writing. Folklore students in good academic standing who will have passed their candidacy exams by the end of May 2014 are eligible for consideration.
Folklore students are typically defined by:
- pursuing the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Folklore (where departmental constraints permit) or otherwise logging a significant body of folklore coursework with more than one faculty member.
- membership and active participation in the Folklore Student Association and its conference
- participation in CFS activities.
- participation in folklore conferences such as the American Folklore Society annual meeting.
To apply for the fellowships, please submit the following materials electronically to Prof. Dorothy Noyes at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15th:
1. A current cv including the names of your PhD exam and/or dissertation committee
2. A paragraph explaining your involvement with folklore studies
3. A two-page statement describing your academic background and dissertation project, explaining what stage of your progress would be supported by a fellowship
Applications will be evaluated by the core folklore faculty. We expect to announce decisions by March 31st. Awards will be contingent upon successful completion of the candidacy exam by the end of May 2014.