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School of Graduate Studies

Scholarship for Thesis or Dissertation


The goal of the Thesis/Dissertation Scholarships is to support and encourage timely graduation of students who are writing their thesis and dissertation.


  1. The scholarship is limited to one semester. (1-6 graduate credit hours for Thesis/Dissertation or Readings and Research)
  2. The scholarship will cover tuition only.


  1. The student must be admitted to candidacy.
  2. Applicants cannot hold a graduate assistantship or tuition scholarship concurrently with this scholarship.
  3. Applicants may not be awarded an ETSU scholarship to assist with out-of-state tuition at the same time as they are awarded an Thesis/Dissertation Scholarship.

Required Application Materials

Submit the following materials to the School of Graduate Studies at or to

School of Graduate Studies
Box 70720
Johnson City, TN 37614
  1. A letter of support from the thesis/dissertation committee chair that includes the following:
    • Detailed description of support needed (time, writing, etc)
    • Description on how the scholarship would benefit the student's progress
    • Anticipated date of thesis/dissertation defense
  2. Copy of thesis/dissertation proposal/prospectus or available draft
  3. A letter from the graduate student that includes a detailed timeline that outlines progress as well as graduation date
  4. A completed application form

All materials must be submitted by the following deadlines:

  • Fall Semester - July 1
  • Spring Semester - November 1
  • Summer Semester - April 1

Post-Award Requirements

  1. Detailed description of progress to the School of Graduate Studies, (monthly during Fall/Spring, bimonthly during Summer I and II). including copies of each draft during the scholarship semester.
  2. Report (at the end of the scholarship semester) including progress made and timeline for oral defense and submission of thesis/dissertation to the School of Graduate Studies.
  3. After the scholarship semester, a final report will be required that details when benchmarks were reached.
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