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Information For Faculty

The Center for Scholar Development appreciates the myriad ways you nurture and support your students day in and day out, all year long. This support is critical, as we know that students consider applying for competitive fellowships because you, the faculty, stoke their fires of intellectual ambition, or perhaps you light those fires for them for the first time. Our goal in the Fellowships Office is to encourage and support students in their application for nationally-competitive awards. 

Why It Matters for Students

Receiving a prestigious national fellowship is of course a very big deal in a student’s life – it gives them opportunities and resources that they likely wouldn’t otherwise have, and helps open doors to their future success. However, even students who are ultimately unsuccessful learn an enormous amount through a carefully guided application process: 

  • They learn to seek out and integrate feedback from multiple sources; 
  • They learn that constructive critique and revision are a key and expected part of proposal writing; 
  • They gain a deeper understanding of their motivations for their work, often coming to see a connection between their personal and professional paths. 

Why It Matters for Drexel

When our students receive prestigious fellowships, it is significant for the broader University community, signaling to the rest of the world what we already know – that our best students are simply amazing. This helps us recruit and retain even better students down the road, which in turn helps recruit and retain top faculty to join us in our work here. This effort is thus an integral part of transforming our campus into a global and ambitious community of scholars.

What You Can Do

When you see a bright and ambitious student, or one with great potential, please take a few minutes to identify that student, talk with him or her, and, at the very least, refer them to our office. It often takes very little to change a student’s life; just a few words from you can make a real difference.

And if you’re interested in advancing this work more broadly, there are several ways you can get more involved with the Center for Scholar Development.