Dragons Abroad Scholarship
The Study Abroad Office is committed to assisting students with their study abroad program, including financially. In the 2016-2017 Academic Year, the Study Abroad office awarded over $66,000 in student scholarships.
Students can apply for Dragons Abroad Scholarships in three different categories:
Diversity in Study Abroad: for students who represent groups that are underrepresented in Study Abroad, which may include: race/ethnicity/nationality; gender; sexual orientation; first generation college student; major (for majors that are underrepresented in study abroad); or ‘other’
Financial Need Scholarship: for students with high financial need.
Project Scholarship: for students who propose a unique project to help raise awareness and promote study abroad. The project can be completed after and/or during the student’s study abroad program.
Students can apply for the Dragons Abroad Scholarships during the study abroad program application process. In addition to the Dragons Abroad Scholarships, there are multiple external scholarships and grants available to students for their study abroad. Students are encouraged to work with the Fellowships Office to seek out those opportunities.
Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) Scholarship
The ICA Scholarship was created to support first time study abroad students who either demonstrate high financial need OR who represent an area of diversity that is under-represented in study abroad (race/ethnicity, LGBTQ, First Generation College student.)
The ICA Scholarship application is made available for select ICAs each term. When applicable, students may apply as part of the ICA program application. In addition to the ICA Scholarship, some departments or colleges may offer scholarships for specific ICAs.
Drexel has been selected by the St. Andrews Society of Philadelphia McNeil Scholarship for a full year scholarship guaranteed for one student. The selected student must study abroad for the full year at University of Aberdeen to receive the scholarship. The McNeil scholarship is up to $25,000 and will cover expenses (such as housing, flight, etc.) while abroad.
For more information about the scholarship, contact the Study Abroad Office or speak with your Study Abroad Advisor.
Federal Work Study
Students who receive Federal Work Study funds are eligible to apply for the Study Abroad Office's Online Journalist work study position, which allows them to earn work study money while abroad.
To follow the current Online Journalist or to see an example of their work, please visit the Drexel Study Abroad Student Blog.
Students are encouraged to review the Scholarship List for examples of external scholarships. Please note that scholarship deadlines are often earlier than study abroad application deadlines, so students should plan accordingly.
In addition to those listed on our website, there are many scholarships offered by independent sources, organizations, community groups, the government, etc. Students are encouraged to exhaust all possible resources in searching for study abroad scholarships.
Study Abroad Scholarship Tips
- Many study abroad scholarships are country or region specific, in which case the less common destinations have more available scholarships (Germany, Ireland, Africa, and Asia for example).
- Study abroad scholarships are frequently "need-based." For example, any student who receives Federal Pell grant may apply for the Gilman study abroad scholarship.
- Scholarship deadlines are often earlier than application deadlines and competition can be intense. Contact the Fellowships Office for assistance with your scholarship application.
- Review the Scholarships section for more detailed list of funding opportunities.
- Find out if your program provider or host university offers scholarships.
Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowships
Fellowships are prestigious funding awards that enable students to get the education and experience to pursue their dreams. Some fellowships provide funding for graduate school, some provide mentorship and work experience, some offer opportunities for overseas study or research. Many are a year in length, while some cover longer periods of two, three, or even four years. A few are shorter, a semester only, or even a summer. Almost all provide funding and/or stipends to cover your expenses for these opportunities.
Fellowships typically require a well-defined research project, a strong personal statement, and strong faculty recommendations. Many require on-campus screening, institutional nomination, and adherence to campus deadlines. It is not enough to have a strong GPA — students must have a clear plan and be sure that they fill the requirements of the fellowship.
Visit Drexel’s Fellowship Office website for more details and a searchable database of fellowships.