Major Fellowship Programs

Students interested in any major fellowship, scholarship or placement should schedule an appointment with the Office of Major Fellowships (OMF).  Please visit the Schedule an Appointment page to schedule. Students should contact the OMF at least a month before any draft review or Clemson deadline.

Note: Scholarship descriptions are adapted from foundation websites.

  • American Association of University Women (Selected Professions Fellowship)

    Opens: August 1
    Closes: November 15

    Awards up to $20,000 to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low. AAUW awards Selected Professions Fellowships to women, including people who identify as women, who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States and who have achieved high standards of academic excellence and show promise of distinction in their respective fields. Applicants must be full-time students at an accredited U.S. institution during the fellowship year and must pursue a course of study in the United States over the full academic year. Priority is given to women who do not already hold a master’s or first professional degree. Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded for the following master’s programs: architecture; computer/information sciences; engineering; mathematics/statistics. Fellowships in the following degree programs are restricted to women of color, who have been underrepresented in these fields: Master’s in business administration; Law; Doctorate in medicine.

  • Astronaut Scholarship

    Opens: November
    Begin Seeking Clemson Nomination: by Early October
    Closes: Late March

    The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation was created to ensure that the United States would maintain its leadership in science and technology by supporting some of the very best science, technology, engineering and math college students. The ASF awards 60 scholarships valued up to $15,000 to each selected scholar. An applicant for the Astronaut Scholarship must be a citizen of the United States, either native born or naturalized, and must be at least a sophomore applying for their junior, or a junior applying to receive a scholarship for their senior year. Applicants must be seeking a STEM degree with intentions to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degrees. Students intending to pursue a practice in professional medicine are not eligible for the scholarship. However, those intending to perform biomedical research are eligible. University nomination is required. Clemson may nominate only two students and selects our nominees concurrently with the Goldwater Scholarship application process. Interested students should contact the Office of Major Fellowships at the beginning of the fall semester.

  • The American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships and Grants

    Deadline: November 1
    Draft Review Deadline: Mid-October

    The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers year-long fellowships (up to $23,000) and short-term fellowships (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Awards are made in all fields. Student must have a well-developed research or study project. Candidates should have at least basic language of the host country even if it is not needed to complete the proposed project. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Graduating seniors and graduates are eligible

  • Boren Scholarship and Fellowship

    Scholarship (Undergraduates)

    Opens: Mid-August
    Clemson Deadline: Early January
    Closes: Late January

    Fellowship (Graduates)

    Opens: Mid-August
    Clemson Deadline: Mid-January
    Closes: Late January

    Boren Scholarships (undergraduates) and Fellowships (graduates) provide funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. The focus is on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study (Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded). Applicants must show how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined (including the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, as well as sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness). Scholarship requires university evaluation.

  • Bridging Scholarships

    Scholarship (Undergraduates)

    Opens: Mid-February
    Closes: Mid-March

    The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Programs must be at least three months in length up to an academic year and must earn credit that will transfer to their home campus in the US. Bridging Scholarship recipients receive stipends of $2,500 for a semester’s study program or $4,500 for an academic-year program. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply and Japanese language study is not a prerequisite.

  • Churchill Scholarship

    Opens: Early May
    Clemson Deadline: Early September
    Deadline: Early November

    The Churchill Scholarship provides funding to American students to pursue a 1-year master’s program in a STEM field at the University of Cambridge. The Scholarship covers all university and college fees, as well as a living allowance and travel stipend. Seniors and recent graduates are eligible. Candidates complete the Churchill application, as well as apply for admission to Cambridge and select Churchill College. There is no minimum GPA, but the average GPA of Churchill Scholars is a 3.98 and candidates must be able to gain admission to Cambridge. University endorsement is required. Clemson may nominate only two students each year. Interested students should contact the Office of Major Fellowships before the start of the fall semester.

  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals

    Scholarship (Undergraduates)

    Opens: September 1
    Closes: November 1

    The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18½–24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program. The program consists of three phases: two months of intensive German language training; one semester of classes in one’s academic or career field at a university, technical or professional school; and three-to-five-month internship in one’s career field. CBYX is open to candidates in all career fields, and applicants from a broad range of backgrounds are selected for the program each year. Eligible applicants must be: U.S. citizens; Age 18½–24 on August 1st of program start year; possess a high school diploma; must exhibit clear career goals and relevant experience in their career field; experience can be in the form of work, internships, or volunteering. Applicants should also have a strong interest in Germany and world affairs. Prior German language knowledge is not required but is preferred.

  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

    Opens: October
    Draft Review Deadline: Early November
    Closes: Mid-November

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in fifteen critical need foreign languages. Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide group-based intensive language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences for students of all classifications (undergraduates as well as graduates). All fields of study are eligible. Some programs may require previous instruction in the target language, while others allow for beginners. The goal of the CLS Program is to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Awardees are expected to continue their language and successful applications will demonstrate how they will apply their language skills in their future careers.

  • DAAD Scholarships

    RISE (Summer Research)
    Closes: End of November

    Other deadlines vary by program. Please contact OMF for more information. 

    The German Academic (Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. DAAD offers a variety of funding opportunities for students in a range of classifications (undergraduate as well as graduate) across a wide spectrum of fields. Awards range from short-term summer programs to full academic year funding opportunities. The purpose of the DAAD programs are to represent the German higher education system abroad, promote Germany as an academic and research destination, and help build ties between institutions around the world.

  • Freeman-ASIA

    Opens: February
    Closes: Late March

    The Freeman-ASIA program provides funding for Pell grant eligible students who plan to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Provides up to $3,000 for summer terms, up to $5,000 for semesters and up to $7,000 for an academic year abroad. Summer programs must be at least 8 weeks, quarter programs at least 10 weeks, and semester programs at least 12 weeks. Requires the completion of a study abroad service project upon return to the home campus. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application.

  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program

    Opens: Late March/Early April
    Clemson Deadline: Early September
    Closes: Early October

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Graduating seniors as well as graduates of all classifications are eligible. The Office of Major Fellowships begins advising students for Clemson’s campus review process in early summer. Interested students should contact the OMF as soon as possible after the end of the spring semester to begin the application process.

  • Fulbright UK Summer Institutes

    Opens: October
    Draft Review Deadline: Late January
    Closes: Early February

    The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK on a 3-6 week academic and cultural summer program. Participants will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills. The Summer Institute program covers the majority of participant costs, including round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the host university/institution, room and board, and in some cases a small daily allowance. Open to freshman and sophomores, must have at least two years of undergraduate study left. Students should have very limited (less than 4 weeks) international experience. 

  • Gates Cambridge Scholarships

    Opens: September
    Clemson Deadline: Mid-September
    Closes: Mid-October

    The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject offered by the University of Cambridge. Applicants must seek admission to Cambridge, as well as complete a supplemental application to the Gates Trust. The Scholarships are awarded on the basis of intellectual ability, leadership capacity, a commitment to improving the lives of others and a good fit with Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. The Gates provides 1-3 years of funding. Graduating seniors and graduates are eligible. Interested students should contact the office by early summer to discuss an appropriate timeline for their application process.

  • Gilman International Scholarship Program

    March Cycle
    Closes: Early March

    October Cycle
    Opens: Mid-August
    Closes: Early October

    The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for Pell Grant eligible undergraduates to pursue study abroad. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program encourages students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents in the process of becoming citizens. Interested students should make an appointment to discuss their application ideally at least two weeks before the national deadline.

  • Gilman-McCain Scholarship

    Opens: Mid-June/Mid-August
    Closes: Early August/Early October

    The John S. McCain International Scholarship for Military Families (Gilman-McCain Scholarship) provides awards of $5,000 for child and spousal dependents of active or activated United States military personnel during the time of application to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Applicants must be recipients of any type of Title IV federal financial aid during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving Title IV federal financial aid during their study abroad program or internship.

  • Goldwater Scholarship

    Opens: First Tuesday in September
    Begin Seeking Clemson Nomination: Early October
    Closes: Last Friday in January

    The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. Research experience and strong academic record required. University endorsement is required, and Clemson may nominate only four students. Interested students should contact the office early in the fall semester to begin seeking nomination.

  • Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships

    Opens: August
    Draft Review Deadline: Mid-October
    Closes: Late October

    The Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit with no consideration of need and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend. The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all the tenable schools in lieu of all fees and tuition. Applicants must be students in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. Only students interested in pursuing doctoral degrees are eligible. The Hertz provides funding for up to five years and can be coordinated with the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Graduating seniors and graduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible.

  • Hollings Scholarship

    Opens: September 1
    Draft Review Deadline: Early January
    Closes: January 31

    The Hollings Scholarship Program provides scholarship funding during the academic year, as well as a 10-week, full-time summer internship at a NOAA facility. Scholarships are renewable if sufficient academic progress is met. Recipients will also receive travel funds to attend a mandatory orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing stipend as needed. The Hollings supports students majoring in STEM fields relevant to NOAA's programs and mission. Sophomores with a 3.0 or higher are eligible.

  • James C. Gaither Junior Fellows

    Opens: Early-Mid October
    Clemson Deadline: Mid-December
    Closes: January 15

    The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program supports one year of service at the Endowment in Washington D.C. Junior Fellows provide research assistance to senior associates on international policy issues, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony, and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials. Graduating seniors or those who have graduated within the past year and not yet begun graduate study are eligible. Applicants should have strong academic records with substantial coursework in such areas as international affairs, political science, economics, or history. Clemson may nominate only two students. Students in seeking endorsement should contact the OMF in the fall semester to discuss an appropriate timeline to develop their applications.

  • Knight-Hennessy Scholars

    Opens: June 1
    Clemson Deadline: Early September
    Closes: Early October

    The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is a fellowship program for students interested in pursuing graduate study at Stanford University across a wide variety of fields. Each scholar will receive full funding for their graduate program at Stanford. Students must complete an application for the Knight-Hennessy program, as well as seek admission to their program of choice at Stanford. Seniors and recent graduates (within four years of graduating from college) are eligible. There is no minimum GPA, but students must be able to gain admission to their graduate program at Stanford. Institutional endorsement is optional. Students interested in seeking endorsement should contact the office in early summer.

  • Luce Scholars Program

    Opens: Late April
    Closes: Mid-October

    The Luce Scholars Program offers early-career leaders immersive, professional experiences in Asia. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 18 Luce Scholars each year. The Luce Scholar Year is a thirteen-month commitment beginning with the orientation in mid-June through the wrap-up meeting in late-July of the following year. College seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields, with a range of backgrounds and experiences, who have had limited exposure to Asia are welcome to apply. 

  • Madison Memorial Fellowship

    Opens: September
    Draft Review Deadline: Mid-February
    Closes: March 1

    The Madison Fellowship Foundation supports individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Generally, one Fellowship per state is awarded each year. Junior Fellowships are awarded to outstanding college seniors and college graduates without teaching experience who intend to become secondary school teachers of American history, American government, or social studies. Junior Fellows are expected to complete graduate study at the master’s level within 2 academic years of full-time study. Fellows also attend a four-week summer institute in Washington DC the summer after they receive the fellowship.

  • Marshall Scholarship

    Opens: Early June
    Begin Seeking Clemson Nomination: August 1
    Clemson Deadline: September 1
    Closes: Late September

    Marshall Scholarships allow approximately 50 high-ability young Americans to study in the United Kingdom each year. The Scholarships may be used at any British university and cover 1-2 years of study in any discipline at the graduate level leading to the award of a British University degree. The Scholarships commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan. Graduating seniors and some graduates in all fields of study are eligible. Minimum 3.7 GPA. University endorsement required. Students interested in nomination should contact the office no later than August 1st.

  • McCall McBain Scholarship

    Opens: June
    Closes: Late September (for US Citizens)

    The McCall MacBain Scholarships bring together exceptional students who strive to engage in positive change by taking on meaningful leadership roles. McCall MacBain Scholars connect with mentors and participate in an interdisciplinary leadership program while pursuing a fully funded master’s or professional degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree by the following August, and must meet McGill GPA requirements. Open to students from any country. 

  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

    Draft Review Deadline: Mid-October
    Closes: Late October

    The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in a supported discipline. Being named an NDSEG Fellow confers high honors upon its recipients and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. NDSEG Fellowships provide three years of full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and medical insurance. Graduating seniors as well as graduates in their first two years of study are eligible.


  • National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarships

    Opens: January
    Draft Review Deadline: Early March
    Closes: Late March

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers scholarship support, research training at the NIH during the summer, and employment and training at the NIH after graduation. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year and are renewable for up to 4 years. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Minimum 3.3 GPA. Awards are made on a rolling basis, so students should apply as soon as possible once the application opens.

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program

    Opens: Late July/Early August
    Priority Draft Review Deadline: Early October
    Closes: Mid-late October (varies by field)

    The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship. Provides three years of fully portable funding (cost of attendance and a $37,000 annual stipend). Applications are evaluated for intellectual merit and broader impacts. A strong academic record and history of research are preferred. Graduating seniors and graduates in the first two years of study are eligible. The OMF offers extensive application support for NSF candidates. Students will ideally begin working on their applications over the summer and should contact the office for more information on joining the process to receive application support.

  • Payne Fellowship

    Opens: Late July
    Deadline: Early November

    The Payne Fellowship Program provides up to $52,000 annually for a two-year master’s program in international development or another field relevant to the USAID mission. The award includes up to $24,000 toward tuition and mandatory fees; a $18,000 stipend for room, board, books and other education-related expenses; and up to $10,000 per year in stipend, housing, transportation, and related expenses for summer internships. Payne Fellows will participate in two summer internships (one domestic and one international). Fellows who complete the Payne Program and USAID Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers. Fellows commit to five years of service.

  • Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

    Opens: Mid-December
    Clemson Chapter Deadline: Mid-March
    Closes: Mid-April

    Each year, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards 62 Fellowships ranging from $8,500 to $35,000 to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards. Selection is based on the applicant’s promise of success in graduate or professional study, including academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program. All fields of study are eligible. Graduating seniors, as well as recent graduates (with fewer than 10 credits of graduate study), are eligible. Must be current members of Phi Kappa Phi.

  • Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

    Opens: Mid-December
    Draft Review Deadline: Early March
    Closes: Mid-March

    Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Applicants do not have to be members of Phi Kappa Phi. Recipients must be accepted to a study abroad program. No country restrictions and no minimum program length requirements. All undergraduates are eligible to apply. Minimum 3.75 GPA.

  • Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships

    Opens: Late June
    Draft Review Deadline: Mid-September
    Closes: Late September 

    The Pickering Fellowship seeks outstanding students in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or other academic fields who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The program develops a source of trained men and women who will represent the skill needs of the Department and who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Graduating seniors, and graduates who have not yet begun graduate study, are eligible to fund two-year master’s programs. Provides up to $42,000/year in aid as well as two summer internships (one domestic and one international). Minimum 3.2 GPA. Five-year service commitment to the Department of State after graduate study is complete.

  • Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute

    Opens: Early September
    Draft Review Deadline:
    Closes: Early November

    The PPIA Junior Summer Institute seeks to support students who hope to obtain a master’s or joint degree generally in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field. Participants attend a seven-week intensive summer institute at one of six sites the summer before their senior year. The program seeks to equip fellows with the skills they need to succeed in graduate school and to aid in their development to serve the greater public good. Awardees receive full tuition to their JSI as well as travel expenses and a stipend. Participants are guaranteed to receive a minimum $5,000 scholarship to PPIA partner graduate programs if admitted and receive an application fee waiver.

  • Quad Fellowship

    Opens: November
    Early February

    This program sponsors 100 exceptional American, Japanese, Australian, and Indian master’s and doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to study in the United States. The program builds a foundational understanding among Quad Scholars of one another’s societies and cultures through cohort-wide trips and robust programming with each country’s top scientists, technologists, and politicians. The Quad Fellowship offers a unique combination of financial benefits, cross-cultural exchange, networking, and content programming. Each Quad Fellow will receive a one-time award of $50,000 which can be used for tuition, research, fees, books, room and board, and related academic expenses (e.g., registration fees, research-related travel). All Quad Fellows are eligible to apply for separate demonstrated needs-based funding of up to $25,000 to cover costs related to completing graduate-level studies. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application, citizens or legal permanent residents of Australia, India, Japan, or the United States, have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a STEM field , and have a demonstrated record of superior academic achievement at the undergraduate level. If applicants are currently enrolled in a Master's or PhD program in the United States, they may apply if they will be enrolled in a qualified academic program during their time as a Fellow.

  • Rangel Fellowships

    Summer Enrichment
    Late October 
    Draft Review Deadline:

    Graduate Fellowship
    Draft Review Deadline: Early September
    Closes: Late September

    The Rangel Program offers 45 graduate fellowships to outstanding seniors and graduates who want to join the Foreign Service. These fellowships help finance two-year graduate programs, provide paid internships and other professional development activities, and facilitate entry into the Foreign Service. The Rangel Program also accepts 15-20 undergraduate students to participate in the six-week Summer Enrichment Program that prepares global-minded undergraduate students for careers in international affairs. Both programs are competitive and seek applicants with a strong academic background, a commitment to service and an interest in making a difference in the world around them. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. The summer enrichment program covers all costs plus $3,300 stipend. Fellowship provides up to $42,000/year in aid as well as $10,000 for summer internships. Five-year service commitment to the Department of State after graduate study is complete. Minimum 3.2 GPA for both programs.

  • Rhodes Scholarship

    Opens: July 1
    Begin Seeking Clemson Nomination: August 1
    Clemson Deadline: Early September
    Closes: Early October 

    Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar's behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. Graduating seniors and graduates may apply. Must be at least 18 and not yet 24 by the application deadline. Nontraditional U.S. applicants may be no older than 26 as of October 1 of the application year and must also have completed requirements for their first undergraduate degree on or after October 1 of the year prior to the application year. University endorsement and 3.7 GPA required.

  • Samvid Scholars

    Opens: Mid-February
    Closes: Early to Mid April

    Samvid Scholars empowers future leaders and changemakers by providing financial support for graduate study and leadership development. Scholars receive up to $50k for tuition and fees each year for two years of study in an eligible graduate program; two years of leadership development programming; access to ongoing programming and an alumni community of mentorship, collaboration, and lifelong relationships. Eligible candidates will be in pursuit of a full-time graduate program of 2 years or longer at a U.S. university in one of the following eligible programs: MD, MBA, JD, MPP/MPA, MPH, EdD, MS/MA in the social sciences or STEM. Applicants must be a first-year graduate student upon program entry; have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5; be a U.S. citizen or DACA recipient; and maintain good academic standing in order to remain eligible for the second year of the scholarship.

  • Schwarzman Scholarship

    Opens: Mid-April
    Draft Review Deadline: Early September
    Closes: Mid to Late September 

    The Schwarzman Scholars program provides a fully funded, one-year Master’s of Global Affairs degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The program aims to recruit promising young leaders who have the potential to take on executive roles in government, civil society or business. This program gives them the opportunity to have a great opportunity to fully understand China and its role in the world. Candidates should demonstrate extraordinary leadership potential and leadership skills, the ability to seize opportunities, excellent academic capacity and exemplary character. Graduating seniors and others who have completed a bachelor’s degree may apply. No minimum GPA though it is advised that students be in the top 5% of their class.

  • SMART Scholarship for Service Program

    Opens: August
    Draft Review Deadline: November 1
    Closes: December 1

    The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program was established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. Benefits include tuition, stipend, health insurance, paid summer internships and mentorship. Undergraduates and graduates of all classifications are eligible. Must be U.S. citizens. Minimum 3.0 GPA required.

  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

    Opens: Mid-April
    Draft Review Deadline: Mid-October
    Closes: Late October

    The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields and to partake of the American dream. Fellows must have shown potential in the fields for which they seek further education; the capacity for creativity, persistence and work; and the commitment to the values of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which protect the American dream. Applicants should be either naturalized citizens or the child of naturalized citizens. Fellows receive a maintenance grant and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program attended by the Fellow for two years. Graduating seniors and graduates who have not yet completed two years of study are eligible.

  • Truman Scholarship

    Opens: Early August
    Clemson's Nomination Process Begins:
    Closes: First Tuesday in February

    The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a merit-based grant which identifies college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service. Recipients are provided with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service. Juniors in the upper quartile of their class are eligible (exceptions can be made). All fields of study are eligible. University endorsement required. Typically, universities are limited to four nominations. Clemson’s campus nomination process begins at the start of the fall semester.

  • Udall Scholarship

    Opens: September
    Clemson Deadline: Early February
    Closes: Early March

    The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. The Scholarships may be used for tuition, fees, books, room and board, or other specifically approved expenses. The Udall is awarded for one year, but past winners may apply again if they are still eligible the following year. Sophomores and juniors of all majors are eligible. U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible. University endorsement required. Universities are limited to four nominations in each category. Students interested in seeking nomination should contact the office at the start of the fall semester.

  • Voyager Scholarship

    Opens: Mid-January
    Closes: Mid-March

    The Voyager Scholarship, created by the Obamas and Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO, gives college students financial aid to alleviate the burden of college debt, meaningful travel experiences to expand their horizons, and a network of mentors and leaders to support them. Students will receive up to $25,000 per year in financial aid for their junior and senior years of college; a $10,000 stipend and free Airbnb housing to pursue a summer work-travel experience between their junior and senior year of college; a $2,000 travel credit every year for 10 years, totaling $20,000; and participation in an annual summit to help define and inspire their public service journey. Applicants must plan to enroll full-time in their junior year of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. Eligible students are: finishing their sophomore year at the time of application or transferring from a two-year to a four-year college for their junior academic year; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; plan to pursue a career in public service upon graduation; be a US citizen, permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action status under DACA.

  • Yenching Academy Fellowship

    Opens: Mid-August
    Draft Review Deadline: Mid-November
    Closes: Early December

    The Yenching Fellowship offers the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in China Studies at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. The program is English-taught and emphasizes interdisciplinarity and considering China’s development from a variety of perspectives. The Fellowship provides airfare, tuition and fees and accommodations. Scholars can choose from six academic research areas. Scholars in good standing are eligible for a second year of funding. Seniors and graduates are eligible, and there is a strong preference for candidates who will be under 26 at the time they take up their award. Scholars are selected based on potential to be leaders in their field and fit for the program. There is no minimum GPA and no knowledge of Chinese is required.