The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Fellowships & Assistantship

Conover Graduate Fellowship
Bishop Assistantship in Tourism
Hartzog Doctoral Fellowship
Marsha A. Ward Fellowship Endowment for Play
University Fellowships

In addition to the normal Departmental Assistantships, other funding sources include:

Richard & Sandra Conover Conover Graduate Fellowship

The Conover Graduate Fellowship is sponsored by Richard and Sandra Conover to further graduate study in Park and Conservation Area Management (PCAM). Dr. Conover taught PCAM (formerly Recreation Resource Management) at Clemson University from 1974 until his retirement in 1994. Fellowships are awarded for one year only based on the recommendations of department faculty.

Past Conover Fellows have studied the social science perspectives related to wildland recreation management, landscape aesthetics, outdoor recreation behavior, conflict and crowding, environmental and activity socialization, use of wildlands for solitude, nonformal environmental interpretation / education, visitor segmentation studies, marketing of public lands, tourism and gateway community impacts on public lands, or related resource recreation areas.


Students in the PCAM concentration have access to the modern, well-equipped laboratories in the Department and the College. These laboratories include a PC Laboratory equipped with microcomputer hardware and software, several remote computer terminals for communicating with the Clemson University Computer Center and a Geographic Information System (GIS) Laboratory. Housed within Lehotsky Hall (home of PRTM) are two federal cooperative research units: U.S. Forest Service Cooperative Study Unit and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Study Unit. Adjacent to the campus is the 17,000-acre Clemson Experiemental Forest and approximately 200 acre Outdoor Laboratory.


The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management is one of the largest programs of its type in the country, consisting of over 500 undergraduate and 60 graduate students. In total, the Department has 22 faculty, of which eleven have qualifications for teaching and conducting research in the PCAM area.

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Bishop Assistantship in Tourism

The Bishop Assistantship is for PRTM graduate students focusing on issues related to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina's tourism industry. Left to right: Carolyn Creel, Jennifer Lytle, Lawrence Allen, Brett Wright, and David Bishop.

Potential research topics include:

  • Tourism Development
  • Travel Decision Making
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Sport Tourism
  • Ag Tourism
  • Resource-based Tourism

1Mrs. Carolyn Creel is a member of the HEHD External Advisory Board representing Creel Enterprises and the tourism industry in South Carolina.

2Mrs. Jennifer Lytle was the 2003-04 Bishop Fellow named in honor of Mr. George Bishop, longtime Clemson supporter and Alumnus.

3Lawrence Allen is the Dean of the College of Health, Education and Human Development.

4Brett Wright is the Department Chair of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.

5Mr. David Bishop is the son of George Bishop and is also a Clemson alumnus.

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Hartzog Doctoral Fellowship

Individuals starting a doctoral program in Park and Conservation Area Management are eligible to be selected as a Hartzog Doctoral Fellow in Park and Conservation Area Management.  Fellowships are for one year; supplement departmental graduate assistantships are typically awarded every other year, based on availability of funding.  A Hartzog Doctoral Fellow will work with park resource faculty on grants from park agencies and assist the department in conducting annual Hartzog events. Applicants should contact a professor in the Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism Management who share their interests.

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´╗┐Marsha A. Ward Fellowship Endowment for Play

Clemson University graduate students in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management who demonstrate a commitment to play and the value of play in modern society can apply.  Being a Marsha Ward Fellow demonstrates your dedication to play and the value of play. It can lead to future opportunities in play research. Fellowships are for either a 20 hour/week commitment with the US Play Coalition between January and February, or a 10 hour/week commitment over the Spring Semester. How to apply>>>

University Fellowships

The Graduate School provides information for additional available fellowships.


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