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Dixon Global Policy Scholars

Dixon Fellows, Calhoun Honors College, Clemson University, Clemson SC

An exciting program for a select number of Honors students, the Dixon Global Policy Scholars (GPS) offers a challenging learning opportunity for students interested in pursuing a major scholarship (such as the Rhodes, Truman or Marshall) and in enhancing their knowledge of the issues that shape the world.

The Dixon GPS students will travel to Strasbourg, France and Berlin, Germany in May for a study program, and will take specialized courses in dealing with politics, economics, philosophy, and public policy. Other features of the program include topical discussion groups and individualized mentoring.

This program is limited to 12 students per year. Freshmen and sophomores from all majors are encouraged to apply.


  • A 10-day study travel experience to France and Germany in May 2018
  • Support in applying for major scholarships and graduate school.
  • Specialized coursework, seminars and workshops.
  • Preparation for Major Fellowship applications, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships


The Dixon GPS is open to:

  • Freshmen who have a suggested minimum 3.60 GPR 
  • Sophomores who have a suggested minimum 3.75 GPR 
  • Applicants with an interest in pursuing a major scholarship, such as the Rhodes, Truman or Marshall
  • Applicants with an interest in deepening their understanding of global policy, economics, politics, culture, science, technology and the arts

Important: The announced GPR minimums for Dixon GPS are 3.75 (sophomores) and 3.60 (freshman).  However, the committee will accept applications from students with lower GPRs with sufficient justification.  


To access the Dixon GPS application, click here.

Letters of Support

Each applicant is required to have a Letter of Support from a Clemson faculty member. The deadline to submit the faculty letter of support is 11:59pm, January 26, 2018. Letters should be emailed to

When writing a letter of support for a student who is applying to Dixon GPS, the criteria that should be addressed include:

  1. Evidence of and continued potential for academic success including the student’s ability to think and write analytically;
  2. The student’s maturity, motivation, and seriousness of purpose;
  3. The student’s level of interest in international and/or national issues;
  4. The student’s potential to have an impact on the world around him/her.


The only cost paid by participants will be one credit taken in association with the May 2018 study travel, and incidental travel expenses, including some meals.