Research Grant Awards


  1. To increase sources of financial support for ETSU graduate student research.
  2. To increase the profile of graduate education at ETSU.
  3. To help promote excellence in graduate education.


Accept applications from graduate students for research grants to support graduate student thesis or dissertation research projects. The minimum amount for the award is $500.00 while the maximum amount is $800.00. Up to 8 grants will be awarded each year depending upon the availability of funds.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Graduate students conducting thesis of dissertation research as part of their graduate program are eligible to apply.
  2. The student must have completed at least one semester of graduate enrollment, be in good standing (have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0) at the time the award is made (April 1st), and have chosen a graduate committee chair and/or their program advisory committee. Grants should be available in July.
  3. Doctoral students may receive the award twice during their program of study at ETSU; Master's students may only receive the award once.
  4. Preference for larger awards will be given to students working on projects and/or with mentors with no other source of funding.

Application Procedures

Applications will be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. The application form and instructions must be included.

  1. In late October, an email will be sent to program coordinators, graduate faculty, and graduate students announcing the research grant opportunity and providing application information.
  2. Applications are due March 1st
  3. The application will consist of a research prospectus that meets the following guidelines
    • 3 page maximum; 1-inch margins, 12 point font or greater
    • Provide a brief background of the area
    • Identify the research problem
    • Describe the research to be performed and its potential impact on the field
  4. The application will also include a one-page detailed budget and rationale. Budget items must be related to items necessary for successful completion of the applicant's thesis or dissertation research. Examples include research supplies, copying of survey documents, library copy charges, travel for data collection purposes. Items not allowed include hourly compensation for work performed, food, or publication charges.
  5. The application must be signed by the student's graduate thesis or dissertation advisory committee chair.
  6. The application materials must be sent to Dr. Brian Maxson by or at the following address:

    School of Graduate Studies
    Attention: Dr. Scott Kirkby
    ETSU Box 70720
    Johnson City, TN 37614

Evaluation of Applications

  1. Applications will be reviewed in early March by a committee chaired by a member of the ETSU Graduate Council and composed of ETSU graduate faculty members. The committee chair and Associate Dean Maxson will consult and invite faculty to serve on this committee each year.
  2. Grant recipients (up to 8, depending on the availability of funds) will be chosen by April.

Award Presentation & Posting

  1. Grant recipients will be notified through a letter from the School of Graduate Studies. Notification will occur by the beginning of April. Copies of the letter will be sent to their advisory committee chair and their departmental chair. An award ceremony will be held later in April to recognize award recipients.
  2. Press releases will be sent to the ETSU student newspaper and community newspapers.

Grant Expenditure Process

  1. Grant accounts will be set up under the major professor's name for supplies and materials. Supplies will be paid for via e-Bucs.
  2. Grant recipients must include acknowledgment of support from the ETSU School of Graduate Studies Research Grant program in their thesis/dissertation and in any publications resulting from their thesis/dissertation research.
List of Research Grant Recipients
2014-2015 2009-2010
2013-2014 2008-2009
2012-2013 2007-2008
2011-2012 2006-2007
2010-2011 2005-2006  
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