International Scholarships

The Office of Global Education Programs (OGEP) helps Claflin University students and alumni compete for prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships that fund research, international study, professional development, or post-baccalaureate study. It is our goal for our students to win awards sufficient to put Claflin University in her rightful position on the hilltop high of prestigious scholarship recipients. 

All of the awards for which we provide advising are highly competitive external awards that are open to national or international applicant pools - prospective or current students who are seeking general financial aid or academic scholarship opportunities should refer to the ASU Financial Aid Office.

What Scholarship services does OGEP provide?

We provide individual advising, workshops, programming, and information sessions throughout the year to guide applicants to success. We provide in-depth guidance on applicant preparation, essay composition, and interview preparation. Students and alumni who are interested in receiving regular information on upcoming competitions, deadlines, and workshops should check the GEP website weekly and sign-up on our mailing list for future information and opportunities.  

Who can use GEP?

All students and recent graduates of Claflin University from all levels of study, and academic majors or programs can work with OGEP to discover and prepare for global scholarship and fellowship opportunities to support their personal, professional, and intellectual goals. The Office is temporarily located at Tingley Memorial Hall, on the third floor, Advancement Services Auditorium, S6 (but virtual advising is available). To schedule a fellowship advising appointment, please email  Students are encouraged to attend a workshop prior to setting individual appointments. 

Scholarship Program Eligibility and Timelines

  • Boren Scholarships

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    Boren Fellowships (graduate) Timeline

    Applications due in January each year.

    Boren Fellowships Eligibility

    Boren Fellows have additional guidelines for self-designed research, internship, and study programs. They are also eligible to receive funding for domestic summer language programs immediately prior to their overseas study.

    applicants may be matriculated in or applying to a graduate degree program located within the United States and accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Boren Fellows must be matriculated in a graduate degree program by the start date of their fellowship and may not graduate until the fellowship is complete. Eligible graduate degree programs include master’s (MA, MS, MBA, LLM and others), juris doctor (JD), or doctoral (PhD, MD and others) programs. Non-degree certificate programs are not eligible by themselves.

    The Boren Awards do not require grantees to receive academic credit at their home institution for their overseas study. Many types of programs may be eligible to receive Boren Awards funding, including:

    Study abroad programs arranged by your home institution, a consortium of colleges and universities, or another U.S. institution

    Overseas programs with a robust language component arranged by an independent provider

    Direct enrollment in a foreign university or independent language school

    In addition to reviewing study abroad opportunities available through their home institutions, applicants may consult search engines for international study programs such as,, and (Note that some information on these websites may be out of date. Applicants should confirm program details and costs directly with their providers.)

  • Critical Language Scholarship

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    Critical Languages summer Institute Timeline


    Application opens



    Application closes

    Recommendations due


    Round 1 reading begins



    Round 1 reading closes

    Round 2 reading begins


    Semifinalists notified

    Round 2 selection panels


    Finalists notified


    March - May

    Alternates promoted on a rolling basis



    Pre-departure orientations



    Students return



    Critical Languages Scholarship Eligibility

    o be eligible for the CLS Program you must:

    Be a U.S. citizen or national at the time of your application.

    Others, including Permanent Residents, are not eligible, even if they anticipate naturalization by the beginning of the program.

    Be enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate (associate's, bachelor's) or graduate (master's, doctoral, professional degree) level at the time of your application.

    Your program must result in a degree. Applicants who are taking stand-alone or continuing education classes are not eligible.

    Your institution must be an accredited U.S. institution. Students earning degrees at foreign institutions that are not based in the U.S. or its territories are not eligible, even if those institutions are accredited by a recognized U.S. accrediting agency.

    You must be enrolled at this institution in the fall term of 2021. There are limited exceptions to the enrollment requirement; please read the following information carefully:

    If you are not taking classes at your home institution in the fall term, please confirm that you are, in fact, enrolled. Institutions have different requirements to maintain enrollment status and you will be required to provide a signed letter from your registrar stating that you were enrolled during the fall term.

    If you are taking a leave of absence to participate in an organized term- or year-long study abroad program, or to participate in a substantive internship program, you may request an exception to the enrollment requirement. Exceptions may only be granted in these two cases, and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    In either case, you must submit a signed letter from your home college or university in the U.S. explaining your situation and your intention to re-enroll following the completion of your study abroad or internship program. You must also submit documentation from the program provider explaining the opportunity and confirming your participation. This documentation may be submitted to American Councils by email at

    You must successfully complete academic requirements for the fall term in order to remain eligible for the CLS Program. Students who withdraw or fail to maintain a passing grade average are not eligible to participate in the program.

    Be at least 18 years old by May 15, 2023.

    If in an undergraduate program (associate's or bachelor's), complete at least one full year of study (two semesters or three quarters) by the beginning of the CLS Program in summer 2023.

    You may only apply once, for one language program, each summer. Applicants who submit multiple applications will be considered ineligible.

    Participation is limited to a total of two CLS awards for any individual. Applicants who have been selected for and participated in the CLS Program one time may apply for a second award. Applicants who have successfully completed the CLS Program two or more times in overseas locations are not eligible to apply again. This limitation does not include participation in a CLS Virtual Institute.

    The following persons are ineligible for the CLS Program:

    Employees of the U.S. Department of State who work in offices under the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs, in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), for a period ending one year following the termination of such employment;

    Employees of private and public agencies under contract or grant with the U.S. Department of State who perform services related to the Critical Language Scholarship Program, for a period ending one year following the termination of their services; or

    Immediate family members (i.e., spouses and dependent children) of the individuals described in the above paragraphs, for a period ending one year following the termination of such employment or service. This provision does not disqualify self-supporting members of families who live apart from their parents.

  • Fulbright


    Fulbright Student Timeline


    Application Opens


    Meet with FPA, Design Project, Prepare Application


    Campus Deadline, Campus Interviews


    National Deadline


    National Screening Committee Meetings


    Initial Notifications


    Submission to Sponsors

    March - May

    In-Country selection

    March - June

    Finalist Notifications


    Fulbright Student Programs Eligibility

    Applicants must be citizens or nationals of the United States of America at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible. Please review the Award Description in relation to the eligibility of dual citizens.

    Applicants must have a conferred bachelor's degree or equivalent before the start of the grants.

    In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.

    Applicants must meet the language requirements of the award to which they are applying and demonstrate sufficient competency to complete their project and adjust to life in the host country.

    Applicants may hold a J.D. at the time of application.

    Doctors of Medicine may receive grants for advanced academic study, but not for internships or residencies. Scholars with an M.D. degree who have completed their formal postgraduate training and propose attachment to a hospital or clinic for the purpose of independent or collaborative research should apply to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Grants shall not authorize activity for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required. The Fulbright Program cannot authorize proposals for medical research that involves clinical training, patient care or patient contact.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Strong preference for those who have not previously held a Fulbright grant. For the 2023-2024 competition, 2022-2023, 2021-2022, and 2020-2021 grantees will be at a competitive disadvantage, but are still eligible to apply, provided they continue to meet all other eligibility requirements.

    Preference will be given to applicants whose higher education was undertaken primarily at educational institutions in the United States. Undergraduate study abroad experiences, either in the chosen host country or elsewhere, will not be considered a disadvantage.

    Candidates who have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months, not counting undergraduate study abroad, are preferred. Duty abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section.

    Candidates who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States will be given preference, provided their qualifications are approximately equivalent to those of other candidates.

    For most programs, applicants who have had extensive, recent previous foreign experience in the host country are at a competitive disadvantage but are still eligible to apply.

  • Gates Cambridge


    Gates – Cambridge Scholarship Timeline

    Applications open*


    Application deadline


    Departmental ranking

    mid-October to mid-November

    All applicants notified of application outcome

    early December

    Review and selection by panels


    Scholarships offered

    Late January

    Scholarships accepted

    72 hours after offer


    Gates – Cambridge Scholarship Eligibility

    You can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are:

    a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom

    applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:



    One-year postgraduate course (with some exceptions – see below)

    Courses which are NOT eligible for Gates Cambridge Scholarships:

    Any Undergraduate degree, such as BA (undergraduate) or BA affiliated (a second BA)

    Business Doctorate (BusD)

    Master of Business (MBA)

    Master of Finance (MFin)


    MBBChir Clinical Studies

    MD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)

    Graduate Course in Medicine (A101)

    Part-time degrees

    Non-degree courses

    From September 2022, MASt courses – MASt courses are treated as undergraduate courses for fee purposes and applications will no longer be accepted from September 2022, for courses starting in October 2023 onwards.

  • Marshall Scholarships

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    Marshall Scholarship Timeline


    Applications due


    Regional Interviews



    Marshall Scholarship Eligibility

    Open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7. To qualify for awards tenable from October 2022, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2019.

    NB: Persons already studying for or holding a British degree or degree-equivalent qualification are not eligible to apply for a Marshall Scholarship.

    Subject: Unrestricted.

    Degrees not funded under the Marshall Scholarship:

    Second BA/BSc (undergraduate) Degrees

    MBA (any university)

    MSc/MFE Financial Economics (any university)

    Degrees leading to professional qualifications in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and law (these degrees typically take 5 years to complete)

    Degrees that require extended periods away from the University or the UK, including joint degrees with Universities not in the UK

    Masters degrees that are 15 months or 28 months in length

    PGDip/Certificates in any subject

    Distance Learning Degrees

    Courses that start in January

    Supervised research not leading to a degree qualification

    One-year candidates must only consider degrees that are at least 10 months in duration and would be expected to remain in the UK for the duration of the course. Please check the university websites carefully for the duration of the degree in months. There are no exceptions to this regulation.

    It is not possible to undertake a Masters longan 12 months in the second year of the Scholarship.

  • The George J. Mitchell Scholarship

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    Mitchell Scholarship Timeline

    Application deadline


    Video Interview submission

    early October


    Mitchell Scholarship Eligibility


    Be a U.S. citizen

    * Be 18 years of age or older, but not yet 30, on the date the application is due. For example, if the deadline is September 29 and you turn 30 on September 28, you are not eligible.

    * Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study as a Mitchell Scholar. Degrees from international accredited universities are acceptable, if all other conditions are met.

    * While married applicants or applicants with partners are accepted, no allowance is made for the expenses of an applicant’s spouse, partner, or dependents. It is important to note that the relevant government agency in Ireland or Northern Ireland may require spouses/partners who are non-EU citizens to prove financial resources for the year in order to obtain the necessary visa or residency permit.

    Personal statement (1,000 words maximum). The personal statement is your opportunity to express your goals and passion(s) and address why the Mitchell Scholarship and studying in Ireland and/or Northern Ireland makes sense for your future.

  • Rangel International Affairs Program

    Rangel International Affairs Program

    Charles Rangel Summer Enrichment Program in International Affairs Timeline


    SEP Application Opens


    SEP Application Closes


    Applicant Notifications

    mid to late March

    Program Start and End

    6 weeks, mid-June to mid-July


    Charles Rangel Summer Program in International Affairs Eligibility

    • Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, with at least sophomore status on the date of the application deadline.
    • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
    • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Rhodes Scholarship

    Rhodes Scholarship

    Rhodes Scholarship Timeline


    Opening date: early July

    Closing date: early October

    Rhodes Scholarship Eligibility

    Do you meet the criteria below?

    Your Nationality or citizenship

    Are you a citizen of the United States? OR Have you been admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident, and have maintained, and be expected to maintain, such legal status?

    Your age

    i. On 1 October 2022, you must be at least 18 and have not reached your 24th birthday (i.e. you must have been born after 1 October 1998 and on or before 1 October 2004).

    OR (for older candidates who completed their first undergraduate degree later than usual)

    ii. On 1 October 2022, you must not have reached your 27th birthday (i.e. have been born after 1 October 1995) AND you have met or will meet the academic requirements for completing your first undergraduate degree on or after 1 October 2021*.

    * A university's policy determines the date of completion of academic requirement for a degree and this may be different from when a degree is considered awarded by the university or the date of a graduation ceremony. In ambiguous cases, the decision of the National Secretary is final.

    Your academic achievement

    Have you already completed, or will have completed by July 2023, an undergraduate degree (normally a Bachelor’s degree) with an academic background and grade that - at a minimum - meets or exceeds the specific entry requirements of your chosen full-time course at the University of Oxford?

    Given the very intense international competition for places at the University of Oxford, candidates will have a greater chance of successful admission to Oxford if they have:

    • A First Class Honours Degree or equivalent, or,

    • A GPA of 3.70/4.0 or higher (with no rounding)

    *Special GPA exception requests (for candidates with a GPA below 3.70) must be submitted by a university president or another high-ranking administrator designated by the president justifying the exception, and addressing ONLY the questions of scholarly aptitude in the student’s chosen area of study and competitiveness for Oxford graduate admissions. A university should initiate an exception request for candidates who are academically extraordinary and sufficiently compelling to Oxford admissions officers. All such requests must include a copy of the candidate’s transcript and resume and must be directed to American Secretary Elliot Gerson at Requests should be received no later than 15 September in the year of application to allow a decision to be made in time for the application to be submitted by the October deadline date.

    United States

    The Rhodes Scholarships for the United States

    The Rhodes Scholarships for the United States cover the 50 states of the US, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There is a total of 32 Rhodes Scholarships available each year.

    The Scholarships in the United States are administered by 16 regional selection committees as detailed below, each awarding two Scholarships:

    District 1 – Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont

    District 2 – Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey

    District 3 – New York–South

    District 4 – New York–North, Pennsylvania

    District 5 – Delaware, Maryland/DC

    District 6 – Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina

    District 7 – Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

    District 8 – Oklahoma, Texas

    District 9 – Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia

    District 10 – Illinois, Ohio

    District 11 – Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, West Virginia

    District 12 – Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee

    District 13 – Colorado, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

    District 14 – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

    District 15 – Arizona, California–North, Hawaii, Nevada

    District 16 – American Samoa, California–South, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands

  • Schwarzman Scholarships

    Schwarzman Scholarships

    Schwarzman Scholars Timeline


    Application Deadline


    Selection Cycle


    Program Begins



    Schwarzman Scholars Eligibility

    Must have an undergraduate degree

    Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements before August 1 of their Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year. There are no requirements for a specific field of undergraduate study; all fields are welcome, but it is important for applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, to articulate how participating in Schwarzman Scholars will help develop their leadership potential within their field.

    Must be between 18 – 28 years of age
    Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1 of their Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year (for the current selection cycle, as of August 1, 2023).

    Must be proficient in English 
    Applicants must demonstrate strong English skills, as all teaching will be conducted in English. If the applicant’s native language is not English, official English proficiency test scores must be submitted with the application. This requirement is waived for applicants who studied at an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction was English for at least two years of the applicant’s academic program. The requirement will also be waived for applicants who have studied in English for two or more years at a Master’s degree level or higher. Acceptable test options are: Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). Minimum score 100. International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score 7. Cambridge English: Advanced (C1) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (C2). Minimum score 185.

    Application Essentials
    Students applying for the Schwarzman Scholars Program must submit two essays, a Leadership Essay (750 words) and a Statement of Purpose (500 words). Detailed descriptions of what is expected from each essay are included in the application form. 

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