The Folklore Program admits about six new M.A. students per year. Most students receive financial aid through Merit Assistantships awarded by the Graduate School or Teaching Assistantships that capitalize on our students’ expertise in ethnographic field research (see http://gradschool.unc.edu/funding/). Especially in their second year, some students can apply for Teaching Assistantships in the English Department and the Writing Center.
To support research during the summer between their first and second years—ideally research leading to the M.A. thesis—students may compete for funding supplied by the Archie Green Fellowship for Occupational Folklife Studies and the D.K. Wilgus Fellowship in Comparative Ballad and Folksong Study. For additional information on the Archie Green Fellowship and past recipients’ projects, please see the Fund for Labor Culture and History webpage. The Center for the Study of the American South also offers summer research grants and grants to support travel to scholarly conferences for which students working on the South may apply.
Most of our graduates currently enter the field of public folklore, though a sizable minority go on to the Ph.D. (in American Studies, Communications Studies, Anthropology, English and Comparative Literature, Folklore, History, or Public Health). Graduates from this latter group currently teach at universities ranging from Emory to Harvard to the University of Wisconsin. Those entering the public arena work in an extraordinary variety of jobs, working for such organizations as the American Folklife Center, the Oregon Folklife Program, the National Task Force on Folk Arts in Education, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the N.C. Arts Council, Old Sturbridge Village, and the N.C. Museum of History.