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Eligibility and Application Process

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be members of the Honors College with at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application and, in general, must have at least one full academic year remaining (after completing the proposed enrichment experience) before completing their undergraduate degree.
Educational Enrichment Travel Grant Applications Open December 1
  • Applications from students who have less than one full academic year remaining will be considered only under special circumstances, and only if the student can demonstrate the relevance of the project to his or her immediate academic or professional goals.
  • ALL application materials, including Letters of Support from a Clemson faculty or staff member, are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 1. Every effort will be made to notify students of the results by April 1. You must ask a Clemson faculty or staff member for a Letter of Support for your experience. The letter should address the substance of your proposed experience and address the selection criteria (below). You are responsible for asking for the letter and making sure it is sent to by the deadline.
  • For students who need to commit or make a deposit to an experience before April 1, please bring paperwork indicating the earlier deadline to Melissa Hawkins in the Honors College office. Every effort will be made to provide you with a decision by your deadline.
  • Applicants must submit their program/internship/research experience acceptance or offer letter (or email) with their application.
  • Late applications will be accepted; however, they will not be reviewed until all applications submitted by the deadline have been reviewed and awards made. Late applications will only be considered if funds remain after the initial review of timely applications.
  • Students who will not have received acceptance regarding their summer experience by the March 1 EETG deadline, may apply prospectively. In such cases, applications should be as specific as possible. If the award is granted, checks to students will not be disbursed until proof of program acceptance is delivered to the Honors College office.

Selection Criteria

Awards are highly competitive and will be based on the following:

  • Impact.  Does the application make a convincing case that the experience will have a positive, life-changing effect on the student?
  • Clarity.  Are the learning objectives explained in a clear and understandable manner?
  • Feasibility. Are the learning objectives accomplishable within the time frame of the award?
  • Fitness. Does the applicant have the intellectual capability, maturity, and motivation to ensure a successful and rewarding experience?
  • Adaptability.  Can the student easily adjust to a different cultural environment?

Application Process

A complete application consists of the application and a Letter of Support from a Clemson faculty or staff member. 

  • Deadline to submit the on-line application:  March 1
  • Deadline to submit the Letter of Support: March 1
  • Where to submit the Letter of Support: Email to
  • Notification: On a rolling basis from December 1 - April 1
  • Evaluation and Selection: Will be conducted by a committee appointed by the Director of the Calhoun Honors College.

Important Note: Applicants are strongly advised to consult with faculty members and others for assistance in identifying possible enrichment experiences and in preparing the application. See "In Their Own Words."

To Access the Application

  • First you need to create an ApplyWeb Account. Please visit the Honors College Application Menu page to CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT (this creates an ApplyWeb user ID and Password – this is not your Clemson ID and password).
  • After creating your ApplyWeb ID and Password, under ‘Ready To Apply?’ choose the link to the Educational Enrichment Travel Grant Application. Fill it out and submit it.  It’s that simple!
  • If you forget your ApplyWeb ID and Password you may return to the Honors College Application Menu page and get help with that under ‘Returning Applicants’.
  • For technical problems with the application, contact our technical support. They are normally very quick to respond.
  • For questions on Educational Enrichment Travel Grants, contact Melissa Hawkins or 864-656-9431.

Important Travel Warning

EETG applicants must determine whether the country to which they plan to travel is subject to a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning. If so, students must submit a “Request to Allow Travel to Countries Subject to Travel or Travel Health Warnings” (Request) to obtain a waiver.  The waiver must be obtained before funds for an EETG can be disbursed to the student.  This process can take 3 or more months, so EETG applicants should begin the Request process as early as possible. 

For details about this policy and instructions for processing a Request, see the Study Abroad Travel Warnings Website.