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Undergraduate Research

East Tennessee State University

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships





The ETSU Fellowships are administered by the Honors College with funds made available from the Honors College and the Provost's office to support challenging research projects involving ETSU undergraduate students who are nearing graduation. 

NEW!  ETSU Traditional Fellowships have been increased from $2500 to $3000, along with a possible additional $500 for supplies. Society Fellowships are an opportunity for summer 2019, providing for 3 awards in the amount of $4500 to the student, with $750 for the faculty mentor.  Please refer to the link below for "Addendum to Guide" for details.


  • INTENT:  Funds support undergraduate students in completing an immersive summer research project .

  • FOR WHOM:  Although any undergraduate can compete for a Fellowship, the program seeks to support primarily undergraduates who will graduate in the academic year that follows the summer project.

  • HOW MUCH: For ETSU Fellowships, the maximum award per grant is $3,500 ($3,000 in scholarship + $500 for supplies or research travel).  For Society Fellowships, please refer to the "Addendum" link below.

  • CAVEAT:  Students receiving the award MUST enroll for at least 1 credit hour during a summer session.

  • NOTE ABOUT TRAVEL:  A separate award to support travel for undergraduate presentations at conferences exists.  


  • A detailed description of the submission process can be found at:

Proposal Guide

Addendum to Guide

  • For projects that will/may involve human subjects, the following checklist concerning issues involving Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval may be of interest:

IRB Checklist

  • Submission requires use of a budget form, obtained at:  

Budget Sheet

  • A signature page is also required:

Signature Form

  • Proposal submission is completed via an online form at:

Summer Fellowship Application



Awardees are expected to submit a summary report of their project.  For a brief guide describing the content and submission of your report, visit the page on Reports.



Please contact Dr. Richard Ignace, Director, with any questions:  
email   , or call 423-439-6076.


Pursue your passion.


To promote and advance the sciences, humanities, and arts by engaging and supporting undergraduates in research.


To make undergraduate research an integral part of the university experience at ETSU.


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