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Ohio State Announces New PhD Fellowships in Folklore

Friday, September 21, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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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 year.

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 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 job market.

Prospective students should contact Prof. Ray Cashman, CFS Director of Graduate Studies <<>> to discuss intellectual interests and departmental fit, and to alert the program of your intention to apply. Explore the Center website<> beforehand to familiarize yourself with CFS faculty and programs.

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