International Students Academic Merit Scholarship

The International Students Academic Merit Scholarship is available to eligible new international students seeking a graduate or undergraduate degree.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Apply for admission to ETSU undergraduate admissionsgraduate admissions)
  2. Have or plan to have an F-1 or J-1 student visa (F-1 Visa information, J-1 Visa information).
  3. Have a demonstrated record of academic achievement.

Award Process

All international students who apply for admission to the university are considered for the scholarship. Upon admission, applicants who meet the following criteria will be offered the scholarship automatically:

  • Minimum 3.0 high school GPA on the US 4.0 scale (freshman applicants)
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA on the US 4.0 scale (undergraduate transfer applicants and graduate applicants)
  • Applicants who qualify for the scholarship will receive notice of the award in their admission letter.  Students who wish to accept the scholarship must complete and submit a scholarship acceptance form within three weeks from the date on the admissions letter.

Scholarship Value per Academic Year.

Undergraduate students: $12,500
Graduate students: $11,500

Award Terms and Conditions:
Undergraduate students: up to 8 semesters provided the minimum eligibility requirements are maintained.

Graduate Students: Five semesters for recipients seeking a master’s degree, or commensurate with the length of the program.

Scholarship may not be combined with other scholarships that cover tuition costs (Creative Arts, Honors in Discipline, Grad Assistantship, Graduate Tuition Scholarship, Government funding, Fulbright grants, etc.  Scholarship cannot be used when students are paying in-state, or Erate tuition.

Other conditions as outlined in the Acceptance Form.

Students Ineligible for the Merit Scholarship:

  • Students pursuing a second Bachelor’s or a second Master’s degree
  • Graduate students receiving a graduate assistantship or tuition scholarship
  • Students receiving any other ETSU tuition scholarship
  • Students paying in-state or Erate tuition.
  • Students applying for the M.D. and PharmD programs
  • Students who are not in lawful F-1 or J-1 status

For questions, please contact:

Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships –  Graduate Students Only

International graduate students may apply for graduate assistantships (GA) and tuition scholarships (TS). A GA or TS is a service scholarship that requires the recipient to perform services in exchange for receiving a tuition and maintenance fee waiver. GA and TS scholarships can waive as much as full tuition (GA positions also include a monthly stipend). Before applying for a GA or TS, international students must be admitted to ETSU as graduate students. Only students in their first period of enrollment as graduate students at ETSU may apply for a TS.

For more information, requirements, and proceedures, see the school of graduate studiesassistantship information web page.

Graduate Assistantships/Tuition Scholarships

Graduate Assistants (or GAs, as they are often called) can either work in teaching, research, or administrative roles depending upon the position.

Graduate assistants receive tuition assistance and a monthly stipend for 9 months.

Tuition Scholarships are available to newly admitted students in certain programs, and recipients have a service obligation of 120 per semester. You can find more information in the FAQ below or in the Graduate Assistantship/Tuition Scholarship Handbook.


GA/TS Eligibility

In order to meet eligibility requirements student must meet the following requirements:

  • Register for at least 9 graduate credit hours in the fall and spring semesters. For summer contracts, if the contract ends June 30ththe student must register for 3 hours in pre-summer or summer session I. If the contracts goes through August the student must register for 3 hours during summer session II. If the summer contract begins in May and ends in August, the student must register for 6 hours in any of the summer sessions (pre-summer, session I, and/or session II). The student may divide the 6 hours between sessions, for example; 3 credit hours in session I and 3 more in session II.
  • Not accept Tuition Scholarships if he or she is not a first year graduate student. (No TS contracts will be accepted after the Friday before classes begin).
  • Not be employed anywhere else on campus.
  • Be admitted unconditionally to the degree program. (1 semester exception)
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Human Resources and Payroll Procedures

Requirements for International Students

  • If an international student is graduating do not write contracts past the official commencement date
  • International students must take the Oral Proficiency Interview immediately upon arrival at ETSU. To schedule an interview, contact Dr. Yousif Elhindi at or by phone at (423) 439-5992
  • International students applying for full-time graduate assistantships may not hold temporary positions
  • International students must have current Glacier paperwork on file before payroll can be processed. For more information contact Jennifer Crigger or by phone at (423) 439-6887.

Deadlines and Fee Payments

  • GA/TS Deadlines
  • Students are responsible for all other fees not covered by his or her GA/TS.
  • Tuition is the only fee covered by the university
  • Out-of-State Tuition will be waived after all miscellaneous fees have been paid or a deferred payment option is utilized by the student. A $50.00 fee is charged for the deferred payment option.
  • There are only a limited number of summer graduate assistantships. The department must have the accounting number entered to pay summer tuition for graduate assistantships. If your department has a summer appointment, contact Merrica “Resie” Bell in Financial Services
Tuition Scholarships – Psychology
Number of Positions:  1
Contract Dates:  08-15-2019 to 05-15-2020
Possible Renewal:  Yes
Job Description:

Student will assist the Department of Psychology Sona Research Participation System Coordinator during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Duties include (but are not limited to) regularly checking and responding to emails received at the Sona email address to assist participants (e.g., login issues, questions about research participation) and possibly researchers and instructors in using Sona when issues arise, grading alternative research assignments and assigning Sona credits, generating and sending Sona credit reports to instructors at the end of each semester, etc.

Job Qualifications:
Job Requirements: 

Must speak, read, and write English fluently. Must be responsible, dependable, organized, and timely in completing job assignments. Must be able to work independently. Must be able to check the Sona email account every day and to promptly respond to emails as necessary. Must be able to use (or to quickly learn to use) Sona and the REDCap survey system.

Application Instructions:

Please send a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume to Dr. Ginni Blackhart at, along with a brief explanation of your qualifications for the position as well as why you are interested in the position.

Contact Information 

Ginette Blackhart
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: (423) 439-4613
PO Box: 70649

Full Graduate Assistantships – Language and Culture Resource Center
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Date: 07/16/2019 – 05/11/2020
Possible Renewal: Yes
Job Description:

The Language and Culture Resource Center’s mission is to close the gap between the native English Speaking and the other language communities that live in East Tennessee. This Graduate Assistant will work directly with the director of the LCRC helping him to move towards that goal, as an office manager, who will be supervising the work of undergrads, sending emails, and organizing events.

The ideal candidate will be an organized and creative individual, who will be available to to work 5 hours a day, four days (M-TR) a week. The student must also be willing to work on events that happen on Weekends.

Fluency in another language besides English is desirable, but not mandatory.

Knowledge of Photoshop and experience organizing events is also desirable.

Job Qualifications:

Undergraduate degree in any field of study

Job Requirements:

Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word

Application Instructions:

Send an email with your CV to Make sure to list all languages that you know, as well as your proficiency level on them. I will reply to your email, and call you for an interview after reviewing applications. This position will be open until filled.

Contact Information:

Dr Felipe Fiuza

Language and Culture Resource Center

Phone: 423-4398342


PO Box: 70297

Full Graduate Assistantships – College of Nursing Graduate Studies
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Date:8/15/2019 – 5/15/2020
Possible Renewal: Yes
Job Description:

I am very pleased to announce that I will be conducting a search for a graduate assistant at College of Nursing to help with course development, open access resource development, and other routine office and clerical tasks. This is full time graduate assistant position, 20 hours a week. The duties will include editing lecture transcripts, reviewing the lecture recordings, testing the interactive content in this course, and other office and clerical tasks . To find out about the complete scope of the duties of a graduate assistant please refer to Graduate Assistant/Tuition Scholarship handbook.

Job Qualifications:

Fluency in written and spoken English. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite programs.

Job Requirements:

20 hours a week. Graduate Assistant will help with course development, open access resource development, transcript/notes editing and other routine office and clerical tasks.

Application Instructions:

Please email your cover letter and resume/CV to Dr. Alex Sargsyan

Contact Information:

Dr. Alex Sargsyan

College of Nursing

College of Nursing Graduate Studies

Phone: 423 439-4517


PO Box: 2-248


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