About Us

The Drexel Fellowships Office supports students across the University in their applications for competitive national and international fellowships. We raise campus-wide awareness of opportunities and directly help students create strong applications through intensive individual advising and support. To set up an appointment, please email us at fellowships@drexel.edu.


Rona Buchalter Rona Buchalter

Rona Buchalter holds a PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s in Speech and Political Science from Northwestern University. She has taught communication theory at the University of Pennsylvania and Academic Writing at Swarthmore College, as well as consulted with a number of educational institutions in and around Philadelphia on special academic programs. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Independence Charter School, with special emphasis on curriculum development.



Cindy Schaarschmidt Cindy Schaarschmidt
Assistant Director

Cindy Schaarschmidt holds an M.A. in Media Communications and American Studies from the University of Leipzig, Germany. A native German, she has studied and worked abroad in the U.S., Guatemala, the UK, Russia, and Spain. Cindy has worked extensively as a language instructor and translator in her home country and abroad. As a 2004-2005 Fulbright grantee, she taught German at Governors State University in Illinois. She also has worked on social justice and peace issues, including with the American Friends Service Committee.

Cynthia Oka

Cynthia Dewi Oka was born and raised in Bali, Indonesia and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Simon Fraser University, Canada. She has extensive experience conducting outreach, mentorship and program coordination for college students from her many years with the Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group. In addition she has worked as a popular educator, group facilitator, project manager and advocate in a wide range of social justice organizations serving women, youth, migrant communities, low-income and other vulnerable populations. Cynthia is a well-published poet and essayist; her undergraduate honors thesis was published in the academic journal Studies in Political Economy.