Ohio State Announces New PhD Fellowships in Folklore
Friday, September 21, 2012
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
The Center for Folklore Studies (CFS) is delighted
to announce that the College of Arts and Sciences of the Ohio State University
has created two new graduate fellowships targeted for folklore students.
Because the OSU PhD program is interdepartmental, these fellowships will make it
easier to admit students whose research interests do not align well with
departmental priorities. They will also offer a total of six years
of support instead of the usual five, allowing for a supported fieldwork
Students will continue to apply through
participating departments at OSU, 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, 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.
International students are eligible for support
and encouraged to apply; please note that a long lead time is required
for a successful international application. For further information, see http://www.gradsch.ohio-state.edu/applying-to-ohio-state.html. In practice, CFS finds it easiest to evaluate and easiest to admit international
students when they come through the Fulbright program or with a grant
from their home country: please explore these possibilities.
Graduate admissions are limited in number
and therefore highly selective. OSU PhD students have done well in a difficult
Prospective students should contact Prof.
Ray Cashman, CFS Director of Graduate Studies <firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>>
to discuss intellectual interests and departmental fit, and to alert the program of your
intention to apply. Explore the Center website http://cfs.osu.edu/<http://cfs.osu.edu/%3E>
beforehand to familiarize yourself with CFS faculty and programs.