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Only doctoral students are eligible for consideration for financial assistance.
Regretfully financial assistance is very limited. There are a limited number
of fellowships that are offered to first-year students. Second years students
often qualify for teaching assistantships. For further information on loans
and other forms of financial assistance please contact:
University of Pennsylvania Office of Student Financial
Center for Graduate/Professional Students' Finance
115 Franklin Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6270
We encourage students to explore all the teaching opportunities and other research
possibilities that are available at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia
area as well as regional, national and international endowments in seeking sources
for the support of their graduate education. In the past our students have successfully
competed for Mellon, Javits, NSF, and FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) fellowships.
While non-US citizens are equally eligible with US citizens and residents for
the limited funding available through the program, on average, this funding
covers perhaps ¼ or less of the overall cost of a degree. It is therefore important
that all prospective students thoroughly explore all sources of grants and loans
for which they are eligible through national, regional, or special interest
Contract research opportunities in folklore-related topics, while not abundant,
do occur in the Philadelphia area, and we do our utmost to monitor and circulate
Teaching assistantships in certain other departments, especially through the
Writing Across the University Program, are available to selected graduate students.
Some of our students create and teach their own courses in the English Department.
If you are interested in doing so, please contact Professor David Espey at (215)
Employment Opportunities in Folklore
Folklore and Folklife and the University of Pennsylvania will provide the necessary
assistance to students seeking employment after graduation, yet
we cannot provide any assurances for employment. In the past,
our graduates have obtained teaching positions in leading universities
in the United States and abroad as well as in museums and local,
state and federal agencies.
For more information about specific grant and scholarship opportunities,
visit the Financial Support
section of the Graduate Program Handbook.
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