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 Paris, 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 2020
  • Support in applying for major scholarships and graduate school.
  • Specialized coursework, seminars, workships, and student-led discussion groups.
  • 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.  


The 2020 Dixon GPS application can be found here: http://bit.ly/GPS2020app. The application is due by January 26, 2020 at 11:59pm.

2020 Travel Dates

The travel dates for the Dixon GPS trip are May 10-21, 2020.

2019-2020 Courses

Students who apply to the Dixon GPS program commit to taking two courses, to be taught from 6:15-9:00pm on Tuesdays in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Students who are co-oping, studying abroad, or another compelling reason may choose to take the courses during a later semester.

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, 2020. All faculty letters must be submitted using this Google form: http://bit.ly/GPS2020rec. Be sure to send this link to your faculty reference. You can also advise them to email Prof. William Lasser, lasser@clemson.edu, if they have any questions.

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 for the required course taken in association with the May 2020 study travel (one hour in-state tuition plus study abroad fees), and incidental travel expenses, including some meals.