Admissions and Financial Aid

Department of Gender and Women’s Studies PhD Program

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR PROSPECTIVE PHD GRADUATE STUDENTS

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Kentucky WILL be accepting applications for admission to the doctoral program in the 2022-2023 academic year. Please see below, as well as Frequently Asked Questions about Applying, for more information.

 

Admissions & Financial Aid
Admission to the PhD program in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky is competitive.  New students are only admitted for the Fall semester. Applicants should submit all of their materials directly to the Graduate School using the Graduate School Online Application website.  

All application materials must be received no later than December 1st of the academic year prior to the year of desired admission in order to ensure a full consideration for admission and departmental assistantships. Applications will be accepted until March 1 for domestic students and February 1 for international students, but applications submitted after December 1 may miss decision deadlines for assistantships, fellowships, and financial aid.

 
Important note: Applications MUST be complete (including letters of recommendation and GRE scores) by the deadline in order to be considered. All materials are to be submitted using the Graduate School Online Application website

For assistance with the UK Graduate School Application, please contact Maureen Barker at 257-7129 or email her at: maureen.barker@uky.edu

To check your Graduate School Application status online, please go directly to the Graduate School webpage.


Gender and Women’s Studies Admissions Requirements

Gender and Women’s Studies requires the following information for your application to be complete.  The submission process for each piece of the application is explained below.

1.     Three letters of recommendation are required.  A minimum of two letters (and preferably all three letters) should be from professors who can provide an assessment of academic achievements and scholarly potential.  Applicants will identify their desired letter writers on the Graduate School Online Application website. The letters must be submitted by the letter writers (not by the applicant).

2.     Your GRE scores.  Official scores must be submitted to the Graduate School.  The admissions code is 1837.  PLEASE NOTE: The GRE requirement has been waived for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Students applying for admission in August 2022 do NOT need to submit GRE scores.

3.     Official transcripts from all universities attended must be submitted to the Graduate School.  We require an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 and, if relevant, a graduate grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale for admission.  See the Graduate School Online Application website for instructions on uploading transcript copies. 


4.     A 2-3 page personal statement discussing why you wish to pursue a PhD degree in GWS, the general topic areas you intend to study, and your strengths as an applicant.  This statement may highlight your

  • Academic background and skills
  • Scholarly interests in GWS
  • Interest in pursuing interdisciplinary studies in GWS
  • Specific interest in the GWS program at the University of Kentucky, including faculty with whom you might work
  • Work and volunteer experiences related to your interests
  • Professional goals


5.     A full resume or curriculum vitae (CV), detailing all academic and relevant work experience.

6.     A teaching statement if you wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship.  In the statement, please describe your qualifications, including past teaching experience or training, for instructing or assisting faculty instructors in GWS courses.  You also may discuss your pedagogical orientation (“teaching philosophy”) or other issues related to teaching.  If needed, additional information about past teaching may be requested by the Graduate Committee. 


7.     A writing sample of 15 to 40 pages (double spaced).  This writing sample should demonstrate content knowledge, analytical skills, and writing ability on a topic related to gender, women’s and/or sexuality studies.  Writing samples may be course papers, research papers, critical literature reviews, part of a thesis, or other types of critical writing. 

All application materials will be kept on file for 2 years and will not be returned to the applicants. Please retain copies for your own reference.

Please submit your application materials online using the Graduate School Online Application website.  

UK Graduate School Admissions Requirements

The Graduate School requires the following information, which must be submitted directly to the Graduate School (check the Graduate School website for complete, current information):

1.     The Graduate School application and fee.

2.     Official GRE scores (University of Kentucky code is 1837).  PLEASE NOTE: The GRE requirement has been waived for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Students applying for admission in August 2022 do NOT need to submit GRE scores.

3.    Official transcripts from all universities attended.  An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 and, if relevant, a graduate grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale are required minimums.  If a student does not meet these minimum requirements, a letter explaining their GPA is required.

4.     For international students only, official TOEFL scores. Please see the Graduate School website for more information.

Please submit all the documents using the Graduate School Online Application website.  If you are unable to submit documents online, please contact Maureen Baker for Graduate School application instructions.

 

Graduate School Admissions
Attn:  Maureen Barker, Admission Officer
201D Gillis Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0033

Email: maureen.barker@uky.edu
Website: https://gradschool.uky.edu/

 

Financial Assistance 

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Graduate student stipends are competitive and cover tuition and health care. The duties of Teaching Assistants (TAs) may include classroom instruction, leading discussion sections, grading, and/or other related activities. Teaching Assistantships are decided by the Department Chair in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Committee.  An application for a teaching assistantship should be included with your admission application. Students wishing to be considered for teaching assistantships should ensure that their applications are complete by December 1st.

Research Assistants (RAs) gain valuable hands-on experience in the scholarly research process. Research Assistantships are available when professors, programs, or centers have funding for their research program.  Special calls for applications for current and incoming students will be issued when an RA become available.

TAs and RAs receive a bi-weekly stipend.
 

For more information about graduate assistantships available through the Graduate School, please visit to the Graduate School website.

Fellowships

Fellowships are non-service awards for students with superior academic credentials. They provide students with dedicated time for their own scholarly pursuits (e.g., field work, writing). Recipients of fellowships receive monthly stipends, and most fellowships include full tuition scholarships and health insurance. For more information about Graduate School fellowships, including self-nominated awards, please go to the Graduate School website.

Loans

U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens may apply for federally supported loans through the UK Student Financial Aid Office. To be considered, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available in the UK Student Financial Aid Office, 127 Funkhouser Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0054, (859) 257-3172. Students may also apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov

Health Insurance

University-funded health insurance coverage is available for recipients of assistantships and fellowships. For more information, contact:

Melynda R. Burke
Graduate Health Insurance Coordinator
University of Kentucky
Graduate School
203 B Gillis Building
Email: melynda.burke@uky.edu
Phone: (859) 257-6608
Fax: (859) 323-1928

 

Application Deadlines
All application materials must be received no later than December 1st of the academic year prior to the year of desired admission in order to ensure a full consideration for admission and departmental assistantships.

For domestic students, March 1 is the deadline for applying for admission to the Graduate School and to the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies for the upcoming Fall Semester.

For international students, February 1 is the deadline for complete applications to the Graduate School and Department of Gender and Women’s Studies for the upcoming Fall Semester. 


GRE/TOEFL Educational Testing Service (ETS) Code:
University of Kentucky 1837

Department of Gender and Women’s Studies

Please arrange for the ETS to send relevant scores to University of Kentucky and to GWS. PLEASE NOTE: The GRE requirement has been waived for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Students applying for admission in August 2022 do NOT need to submit GRE scores. However, TOEFL or IELTS are still required for applicants whose native language is not English.

All applicants whose native language is not English are required to request the testing service to submit GWS either a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. The minimum TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5.

Please visit https://gradschool.uky.edu/application-process for more information.
 

 

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