The Drexel Fellowships Office was created in 2007 to provide application and administrative support for Drexel students applying for nationally competitive scholarship and fellowship opportunities to enhance their undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate academic work.
Part of the Pennoni Honors College Center for Scholar Development, the Fellowships Office supports students across the University in their applications for competitive, merit-based national and international fellowships. We raise campus-wide awareness of opportunities and directly help students create strong applications through intensive individual advising and support.
Check out our resources for finding and applying for fellowships and learn more about how we work with students applying for our Core and Priority awards. Please explore our site and contact us with questions!
The Fellowships Office works with external scholarships and fellowships only. Check our Drexel Contacts and Awards for more information about opportunities sponsored by Drexel University.
The Fellowships Team
Dr. Meredith Wooten
Director, Center for Scholar Development
Meredith Wooten holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College and PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Drexel, Meredith taught political science at a range of area institutions, including Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her background in academic advising and support includes nine years as a graduate fellow at the Penn Graduate Student Center, where she focused on PhD support programs and outreach efforts to students from non-traditional and underrepresented groups. Dr. Wooten focuses on advising students applying for major fellowships and research grants, as well as promoting research and academic enrichment opportunities with faculty, students, and staff across the university.
Ben Rayder, MA
Assistant Director for Fellowships
Ben Rayder earned a Bachelor’s in Political Science and German from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master’s in Modern European Studies from the University College London. He is currently finishing his PhD in Comparative Politics with the University of Bamberg. Before joining the Drexel Fellowships Office, Ben taught courses in political science at Bamberg in both German and English and served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Duisburg, Germany from 2009-2010. While working at the International Office in Bamberg, Ben gained valuable advising experience by counseling students about study abroad programs and a variety of scholarship opportunities. Based on his work in the classroom and as an advisor, he possesses a deep commitment to supporting young scholars pursue their academic and professional goals. Ben focuses on advising students on preparing and applying for international awards and opportunities.
Emily received her Bachelor's in English from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Drexel Fellowships Office, Emily worked as a Managing Editor at academic publisher Taylor & Francis, where she managed a portfolio of bioscience titles. She brings a background in writing and editing to the team, and shares a commitment to guiding students through the fellowships process by helping them highlight their strengths, develop their goals, and determine how awards and opportunities can support them. Emily supports the full scope of activities within the Fellowships Office, as well as providing writing support to students applying for undergraduate and graduate STEM fellowships.