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Scholarships, Grants and Awards

Scholarships and awards are available from a variety of sources. Below are a few suggestions for where to begin your search:


Budding Linguist Award

Undergraduate students taking 200- and 300-level courses in the Department of Linguistics may be nominated by their professor to receive the “Budding Linguist” book award. Any undergraduate student who completes an independent study (LIN 395) and presents that research before a public audience may be nominated by their professor to receive a Research book award. Graduating undergraduates with a Linguistics major typically receive an honor as well. All awards are typically presented at our end of year Celebration of Undergraduate Linguistics.


Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships

For the Master's program, funding is awarded as part of the program application process.  Almost all graduate students are supported as teaching assistants in either the Department of Linguistics or the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies. Linguistics also has a small number of Research Assistantships. All of these assistantships include a full (in-state and out-of-state) tuition scholarship and provide a living stipend as well as health insurance. Assistantships are renewable for two years while in the MA program provided that the student has made satisfactory progress toward a degree, and is performing satisfactorily as a teacher.

Consideration for Teaching and Research Assistantships are contingent on admission to the MALTT program. Apply at


Previous Undergraduate Awards

The Linguistics Program’s Annual Undergraduate Linguistics Research Award

Every year, the Linguistics Program grants an Undergraduate Linguistics Research Award; this is a competitive award given to one or more undergraduates to facilitate an independent semester-long or summer research project in linguistics.

Previous recipients of the award are:

  • 2012-13 - Nathan Hardymon, "Perception of Dialects and Dialectal Boundaries in Kentucky".
  • 2011-12 - Clinton Parker, "Morphosyntactic Alignment in the Sarikoli Language".
  • 2009-10 - Joshua Cason, "Ancient Greek Verbal Morphology and Phonology in the DATR System"; Jacqueline Horne, "Chinese Tone Perception in American Musicians and Non-musicians of Various Ages".
  • 2008-09 - Jonathan Fisher, "Adpositions and Clitics in Shughni"; Dustin Zerrer, "Kinship Terminology in Four Iranian Languages".
  • 2007-08 - Jenisha Watts, "Bluegrass Black English: A Linguistic Research Project in Lexington, Kentucky".

Contact the chair of the Admissions and Awards Committee ( for application details.


College of Arts & Sciences 

UK Academic Scholarships

Nationally Competitive Awards