Pathways Program

Clemson University’s Pathway Program is a joint initiative of the Offices of the Provost, the Chief Diversity Officer, and NSF TIGERS Advance. The overarching goal of this program is to enable departments to mentor historically underrepresented scholars to be competitive for faculty positions in the department while not constraining scholars only to the host department. Mentoring takes place through a 2-year research Provost’s Pathway Fellowship funded by the Provost’s office. Provost’s Pathway Fellows will have limited teaching responsibilities (if any) and be team mentored through their transition into a tenure-track position at Clemson or elsewhere.

Departments interested in recruiting Pathway fellows are strongly encouraged to engage with the Pathfinder program (LINK) led by Dr's. Curtis White and Delphine Dean. The Pathfinder program brings graduate students to campus for a mentoring, networking, and training meeting. Mentors will have the opportunity to meet with graduate students while they are on campus with the goal of matching mentors with fellows. Faculty members can also recommend graduate students at other institutions who they believe would benefit from this program.

Nomination for Pathway Fellowship should be submitted to the Provost’s office at ( For applications the following is required:

  1. The candidate’s CV.
  2. A two-page research proposal written by the candidate.
  3. A statement of support from the mentoring team. The mentoring team will consist of three faculty members in the target department (at least 2 from home department, and if department is supportive 1 may come from a different department) who agree to mentor the candidate and to participate fully in the Pathways program. The statement should describe how the mentors will support the candidate in establishing an independent research agenda and career. It is suggested that the mentors each primarily focus on different areas (for example: one for research, one for teaching, and one for professional development). Additionally, the location of research/scholarship space and office should be described (where possible: within one of the mentor’s existing spaces).
  4. A memo from the department chair and dean supporting the mentorship application and commitment to the required department and college support.

Additional program details and logistics can be found here.