Paying for Graduate School

Tuition and fees at UK are very competitive with other institutions, but money is a common concern among graduate students. That said, students who want funding typically manage to find it from one source or another. UK offers a wealth of funding and employment opportunities, so don't let concerns about funding stop you from earning an advanced degree.

In addition to federal student loans, graduate students can ontain fiancial support in several ways:

  1. We have a limited number of graduate assistantships. Half-time assistantships (10 hours per week) pay half of tuition and a stipend of around $4,800 for master's and $5,553 for doctoral students per academic year. Full-time assistantships (20 hours per week) pay all of tuition and around $9,600 for master's and $11,106 for doctoral students per academic year. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and as the department's annual budget for assistantships allows, so we cannot make any guarantees about the availability of assistantships.

  2. Numerous fellowships are available through the UK Graduate School and external funding sources. You are encouraged to browse the Graduate School's fellowship website to identify which funding opportunities match your qualifications. If you qualify and would like to be nominated for a UK Graduate School fellowship then contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Hyungsoo Kim (hkim3@uky.edu). In addition to the Graduate School, the College and Department awards a limited number of scholarships and fellowships to graduate students.

  3. Some students obtain assistantships in other departments and offices on campus. For instance, our students do well getting full-time positions as hall directors or, for example, if you play an instrument or know how to band birds or can design a website, you may be able to find a use for those skills within the UK campus community.

  4. The University hires students for hourly wage jobs in the library and the cafeterias ($9.00 or so and all you can read or eat). You can apply for those jobs when you arrive on campus or call them at (Library: 859-257-0500 x2072, Student Center Administration: 859-257-5781) to check for openings.

  5. Of course you can also work at jobs found throughout Lexington and surrounding areas if you have the legal status to do so (international students typically cannot work off campus).

John I and Patricia J. Buster Fellowship

The John I and Patricia J. Buster Fellowship is awarded to students who are enrolled in the Department of Family Sciences graduate program and have a committee-approved thesis or dissertation proposal (formal proposal meeting completed).  Applicants must meet the following criterion:  Master's students must:

  • Be enrolled in a "Plan A" program or equivalent, which requires a written thesis;
  • Have a minimum or 18 hours completed in the program; and
  • Have a committee-approved research-based thesis proposal.

Doctoral students must:

  • Be in the dissertation phase of the program; and
  • Have a committee-approved research-based dissertation proposal.

Fellowship Stipends

The Buster Fellowships provides a stipend of up to $12,500 per semester.  Renewal of the fellowship is possible for up to three additional semesters.  A renewal application must be submitted each semester and renewal is not guaranteed.

Open Application (PDF)


To be considered for spring semester awards, graduate students should submit the application to whitney.g.rogers@uky.edu no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2021.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Kim, Director of Graduate Studies.


The Alice P. Killpatrick Fellowship

The Alice P. Killpatrick Fellowship is awarded to students who are enrolled full-time in the Department of Family Sciences graduate program and do not have a committee-approved thesis or dissertation proposal.  The student recipient(s) should have:

  • Potential for academic and professional excellence;
  • Maintained good academic standing;
  • Possess citizenship and leadership qualities;
  • Participated in community-based activities; and
  • Demonstrated financial need.

Preference will be given to students who have completed at least two semesters of a college-level foreign language or have tested and have documentation of achieving the equivalent of two semesters of foreign language study.

Fellowship Stipends

The Killpatrick Fellowship provides a stipend up to $6,000 per semester.  Renewal of the fellowship is possible for up to three additional semesters.  A renewal application must be submitted each semester and renewal is not guaranteed.

Open Application (PDF)

To be considered for spring semester awards, graduate students should submit the application to whitney.g.rogers@uky.edu no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5, 2021.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Kim, Director of Graduate Studies.