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Undergraduate Fellows

Clemson Undergraduate FellowsThe Clemson Undergraduate Fellows Program in Student Affairs exists to increase awareness of careers in student affairs among undergraduate students. The program provides mentoring and programming to aide in the exploration of graduate school and careers related to student affairs and higher education. Additionally, students from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged and supported in submitting an application to become recognized as a participant in the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP). There are minor differences that exist in the experience of a student designated as a Clemson fellow and a Clemson-NUFP fellow.

  • On-Campus Mentorship is the core experience of the program. Professionals in Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion and Academic Affairs will guide Fellows in understanding the opportunities that exist in student affairs and higher education. Fellows and mentors should meet at least once per month and focus on accomplishing goals that they develop together for the year.

  • Through workshops, Fellows are able to learn about the graduate student/school experience, admissions process, history of higher education, student affairs and career development.

  • University visits provided by the Clemson Student Personnel Association allow Fellows to visit colleges and universities within the region to learn about their graduate programs and their Student Affairs departments.

  • Chi Sigma Alpha provides Fellows with the opportunity to shadow a current graduate student in the Clemson Counselor Education-Student Affairs masters program to understand the academic experience of preparing to be a Student Affairs and Higher Education professional. Additionally, Chi Sigma Alpha members serve as a resource for students in completing graduate school applications.

To be considered as a Clemson Fellow, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Sophomore to senior classification. Seniors must have at least 2 semesters remaining in their undergraduate career.

  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA at time of application.

  • To apply to be a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow, you must also identify as a member of a traditionally underrepresented or historically disenfranchised student population, including but not limited to Black/African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latinx/o/a, Indigenous (Native American, Alaskan, Hawaiian), Multiethnic, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or as having a disability.

Our timeline for application is as follows:

  • February/March - Information Session and applications due

  • April - Selections made and mentor matching

  • May or September - NASPA Undergraduate Fellow Application Submission

Please feel free to submit an interest form and we will follow-up with the next steps or pertinent information on the next application cycle.

Students selected as NASPA Undergraduate Fellows will have access to additional professional development experiences.

  • NASPA Undergraduate and Annual Conferences are hosted in various cities around the country. These conferences allow for learning and networking with undergraduates, graduates and professionals. Priority is given to senior students and individuals who have been actively engaged in the program.

  • Dungy Leadership Institute is a six-day leadership institute offered twice during the summer and focused on developing leadership skills, enhancing cultural competencies, and preparing students for careers in student affairs.

  • Summer Internships provide Fellows with the opportunity to have a paid experience at an institution other than Clemson to exposure and broader perspective on student affairs and higher education.


The Clemson Undergraduate Fellows Program is coordinated jointly by DeOnte Brown, Director of Retention Programs in Student Transitions and Family Programs, and Dr. Kendra Stewart-Tillman, Director of Diversity and Inclusion in the Gantt Multicultural Center. Please feel free to email either at deonteb@clemson.edu or stewar5@clemson.edu with any questions you may have about this experience.