Calhoun Honors College

Welcome to the "Majors"

We use the term "major" to describe extramural scholarships and fellowships administered and funded by national and international foundations. Thus, they are to be distinguished from Clemson University scholarships and financial aid programs. Except for the Goldwater and Udall Scholarships, these programs are for post-baccalaureate study, including in some cases a second undergraduate degree. Most require candidates to be nominated or endorsed by their undergraduate institutions. The following scholarships are supported by Clemson University. Students who are interested in applying for Major Fellowships and Scholarships are encouraged to visit with Ricki Shine, Director of Major Fellowships,; 864-656-4762, as early as their freshman year to discuss appropriate coursework and other experiences to prepare for suitable opportunities.

British Marshall Scholarships. Established in 1953 by the British government to commemorate the humane ideals of the European Recovery Program, Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. At least 40 Scholars are selected each year to study either at the graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years and provides university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants and fares to and from the United States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Who may apply? Seniors or graduates with any major.

EPA Greater Research Opportunities Fellowships for Undergraduate Study The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellowship provides up to $19,700 per academic year of support and up to $9,500 of support for a three-month summer internship.  The agency awards approximately 40 new fellowships each year.  Applications are due in December.

Who may apply?  Sophomores.

Fulbright Grants The Fulbright Program aims to foster mutual understanding among nations through education and cultural exchanges. The U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent graduates opportunities for personal and professional development and international experience. Study proposals may include university cousework, classes in a music conservatory or art school, independent research, classroom teaching or a combination. Candidates must be U.S. citizens. For most grants, proficiency in the language of the host country is expected.

Who may apply?  Seniors or graduates with any major.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships. The Gates Cambridge Trust, endowed by Bill and Melinda Gates, aims to create a network of future leaders from around the world who will bring new vision and commitment to improving the life circumstances of citizens in their respective countries. It is anticipated that Gate Cambridge Scholars will become leaders in helping to address global problems related to health, equity, technology and learning. Gates Cambridge Scholars are eligible to receive funds in excess of $30,000 per year, renewable for four years, for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in a wide variety of fields in science, humanities and the social sciences.

Who may apply?  Seniors or graduates with any major.

George J. Mitchell Scholarships. The U.S.-Ireland Alliance sponsors this scholarship for graduate study by U.S. citizens at institutions of higher learning on the island of Ireland. Named to honor the former U.S. Senator’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, these scholarships are intended to familiarize and connect the next generation of American leadership with the island of Ireland. Mitchell Scholars must exhibit superior levels of academic achievement, leadership and public service. The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend and international travel. Normally, 12 Scholarships are awarded each year.

Who may apply?  Seniors or graduates with any major.

Goldwater Scholarships. Authorized by Congress in 1986, this scholarship program seeks to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Awards of up to $7,500 per year are made for one or two years of undergraduate study. Competition is open to sophomores and juniors who are U.S. citizens, have a college grade point ratio of 3.5 or higher and intend to pursue research-based careers in mathematics, sciences or engineering fields. Up to 300 scholarships are offered annually.

Who may apply?  Sophomores or Juniors majoring in Math, Science, or Engineering.

Hertz Foundation Fellowship. The Hertz Foundation provides fellowships tenable at three dozen of the nation's finest universities for graduate work leading to award of the Ph.D. degree in applications of the physical sciences, to include: applied physics, applied chemistry, applied mathematics, applied modern biology and all areas of engineering that apply results from the basic physical sciences to generate solutions to problems of comparatively near-term, widespread human interest. The award consists of a cost of education allowance and a $28,000 personal support stipend and is renewable for up to five years.

Who may apply?  Seniors or graduates in the Physical Sciences or Engineering.

James Madison Memorial Fellowships. These fellowships were established by Congress in 1986 to promote teaching of the U.S. Constitution in secondary schools. Awards of up to $24,000 over two years are made for graduate study of the history and development of the American constitutional system. After receiving the master's degree, fellows must teach in a secondary school for at least one year for each year of fellowship support.

Who may apply? Seniors or graduates who plan to teach high school History.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships. In keeping with the nation’s interest in increasing the number and quality of scientists and engineers, the Department of Defense provides graduate school fellowships to support study and research related to national defense needs at any accredited U.S. institution. The award covers full tuition and fees, plus a stipend of $30,000. Approximately 200 awards are made annually.

Who may apply?  Seniors or graduates majoring in Science or Engineering.

National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnerships Program. The Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) on the campuses of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides the opportunity for Ph.D. students in biomedical disciplines to do their dissertation research training at the premier biomedical research center in the world. Students come to the NIH laboratories after admission into one of the fifteen established NIH/University Partnerships or through individual agreements between a university faculty member and an NIH scientist after completing Ph.D. coursework and examination requirements. The NIH Intramural/Campus Research Fellowship for Ph.D. students provides stipend, medical benefits and tuition support as needed for U.S. students and stipend and medical benefits for international students for up to five years.

Who may apply?  Ph.D. students in Biomedical disciplines.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. NSF awards fund up to three years of graduate study leading to research-based advanced degrees in science, mathematics and engineering. NSF also sponsors an award competition for women in engineering and computer and information science. The fellowship carries a stipend of $30,000 per year plus cost-of-education allowance. Approximately 1,000 fellows are named each year.

Who may apply?  Seniors or early graduate students in Math, Science, Engineering or Social Sciences.

Rhodes Scholarships. The oldest international fellowships, the Rhodes Scholarships were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902. The Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. Thirty-two Americans and outstanding students from around the world are elected each year to pursue two years of study (with the possibility of a third year) at the University of Oxford. All educational expenses, a living stipend and travel expenses are covered by the scholarship. Graduating seniors and alums who are U.S. citizens and are under the age of 24 are eligible to apply.

Who may apply?  Seniors or graduates with any major.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. This Fellowship was established to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. Fellows may pursue a gradute education in any professional field (law, medicine, social work) or scholarly discipline and in the fine and performing arts. Eligible applicants are those with green cards, naturalized citizens or who two parents who are naturalized citizens.

Who may apply?  Seniors or graduates with any major.

Truman Scholarships. Established in honor of our 33rd president, the Truman Scholarships are awarded to students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The Truman Foundation seeks future “change agents” who aspire to leadership positions in federal, state or local government or in the not-for-profit and education sectors where they can influence public policies and change public programs. Scholars are awarded $30,000 for graduate work and participate in workshops and internship programs organized by the Truman Foundation. Candidates must be U.S. citizens and be juniors (or seniors in their third year of college enrollment). Approximately 75 scholarships are awarded annually.

Who may apply?  Juniors in any major.

Udall Scholarships. The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation was established in 1992 to honor Congressman Morris K. Udall and his legacy of public service. The Foundation awards scholarships of $5,000 to sophomores and juniors who study the environment and related fields, and to Native American and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care and tribal public policy. Because environmental issues and Native American tribal issues can be approached from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, there is no typical Udall Scholar. Successful candidates generally have taken courses in ethics and public policy, and performed community service in the area of the candidate’s future career. The Office of Major Fellowships is located in the Calhoun Honors College, 105 Tillman Hall.

Who may apply?  Sophomores or juniors in any major.