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Applying for the GATE Program

students working on a GATE projectStudents must apply to become part of the GATE program. This will happen when a student completes his/her application for admission to the Department of Automotive Engineering. Applicants must satisfy admission requirements to the automotive engineering graduate program at Clemson University, including the following:

  • BS degree in an engineering or applied science discipline
  • GPA above 3.5 in the last degree attained
  • Preferably two years of post BS experience
  • Exceptional GRE scores
  • Research plan essays for Ph.D. candidates
  • If deemed necessary, interview with selection committee

Students should use their personal statements to make a case for admission to the GATE program. The document will be uploaded as part of the standard admission application. It should detail interest and career plans in the subject areas of the GATE track. It should also highlight qualifications and experience.

GATE applicants should submit three letters of recommendation.

Application submissions for the GATE program are accepted October 1 - October 31.  Nominations will be announced by November 15.

Financial Support

Students who are chosen for the GATE program may also receive a fellowship or other financial support. Selections are made usually in the Fall semester, using information from the student's admissions application. Normally, there is additional paperwork. 

Please note that the number and type of fellowships awarded are limited and depend on availability of funding.