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Dornsife Global Development Scholars Program

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The Dornsife Global Development Scholars program is a nationally and internationally recognized capacity-building program for bridging gaps between scientific research, development practice, and applied problem-solving in the context of improving global health.

This program is based on a mentorship model that allows students of all majors and educational levels to work alongside a major international non-government organization (INGO)—World Vision International—on humanitarian, global health and international development initiatives related to: water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), maternal and child health, health education, social marketing, community engagement, monitoring and evaluation, economic development, and a host of other areas related to promoting and improving health and development outcomes in developing countries.

This opportunity allows students to gain an international experience working in rural parts of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia from 3 to 6 months. Working closely with our World Vision International, the program provides support throughout the experience including pre-departure orientation and training, in-country housing arrangements for the duration of the international experience, airport transportation, project orientation, site visits and field-based experiences.

The Dornsife Global Development Scholars program is open to all graduate and undergraduate majors (at all levels) at Drexel; applications for coop and/or a summer international experience are strongly encouraged.

The Dornsife Global Development Scholars program provide students with generous funding to cover the associated costs of participation, including a scholarship to cover travel and in-field expenses, such as:

  • Airfare to and from country
  • In-country project travel
  • In-country housing
  • Monthly food stipend
  • Emergency evacuation insurance
  • Communications expenses (local cell phone and occasional use of internet cafes)
  • Visa expenses (visitor's visa required)
  • And other project-related costs

The Dornsife Global Development Scholars program prepares each and every scholar for international work through an intense pre-departure training. This training is held prior to field work, as pre-departure training is essential for every outbound scholar. Dornsife Global Development Scholars are also expected to present findings and lessons learned upon their return back to the United States through a post-exit presentation or workshop. As a part of this scholarship program, Dornsife Global Development Scholars are required to participate in programming at least one term before the international experience begins. More information on the presentation, programs, and other expectations will be given during the Dornsife Global Development Scholars orientation.

All questions in regards to the application process or the training program can be directed to Idris Robinson at or 267-359-6058

All co-op applicants are required to abide by all Steinbright Career Development Center international co-op requirements Additionally, all non-co-op applicants must adhere to the Study Abroad registration requirements

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