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Awards We Work With

There are many, many opportunities that students can apply for, and each has its own application requirements and procedures. Our role in the Center for Scholar Development will vary depending on the type of award.

Administered ("Core") Awards

Our ‘Core’ awards are those that require University nomination or interview. Because we know these granting agencies well, we can help ensure that students’ applications align with the grantors' interests and requirements.

For these awards, we work closely with applicants throughout their entire application process – helping them decide if they want to apply, thinking through the elements of their application, providing feedback on essay drafts, convening faculty interview committees, and staying closely involved through to submission. In some cases, we are able to offer additional resources, such as targeted workshops or samples of previously successful essays.

Contact us right away if you’re interested in applying for any of these Core Awards.

  • Boren Fellowship: For graduate research or study abroad, with a focus on language learning and U.S. national interest. Any field. January campus deadline.
  • Boren Scholarship: For undergraduate study abroad, with focus on language learning. Any field. January campus deadline.
  • CSPC Presidential FellowsPrestigious one-year research fellowship related to the presidency or Congress and gain professional development and networking opportunities in Washington, D.C. Apply as  a junior. March campus deadline. 
  • Gaither Junior FellowsFor post-graduation year with Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. Apply as senior or recent graduate. December campus deadline. 
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellowship: Provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. 
  • Fulbright US Student Program: For post-graduation or graduate year abroad, study, research, or English-teaching. Any field. Early September campus deadline.
  • Goldwater Scholarship: For top Science, Technology, Engineering, Math students. High GPA required. Apply as sophomore, pre-junior or junior. November campus deadline.
  • Marshall Scholarship: For graduate study in the UK. Min 3.7  GPA. Apply between junior and senior years. August campus deadline.
  • Mitchell Scholarship: For one-year graduate program in Ireland. Apply between Junior and Senior years. August campus deadline.
  • Rhodes Scholarship: For graduate study at Oxford University. Apply between junior and senior years. August campus deadline.
  • Schwarzman Scholars: Comprehensive scholarship program to prepare future global leaders through a 1-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing. August campus deadline. 
  • Truman Scholarship: Recognizes top U.S. undergraduates with demonstrated leadership potential and commitment to careers in public service or advocacy. Apply as junior. November campus deadline.
  • Udall Scholarship: For commitment to environmentalism or native tribal policy. Apply as sophomore, pre-junior or junior. December campus deadline.


Some awards require submission or endorsement through the Office of Research or individual colleges and schools. These awards include:

Be sure to contact the appropriate office and read individual program guidelines carefully to ensure compliance with all requirements for submission. 

Require university interview, nomination, or endorsement.

Priority Awards

Many awards are designed for students to apply to the foundation or granting agency directly, without a campus nominating process. Of these, several programs stand out as particularly interesting to us at Drexel. While you are not required to work with us as you prepare your application for these awards, we strongly encourage you to do so and can provide substantial insight into these programs. These are:

Of particular interest to Drexel students.

Other Awards and Opportunities

There are many other awards you might apply for beyond our Core and Priority awards.  We rarely have capacity to help with these, though you can always ask. In any case, we encourage you to read the program websites very carefully and seek outside readers for feedback.

Here are some resources that can help you identify a broader set of awards to apply for. 

DFO Database/Explore All Awards
Our database lists awards that have been most significant and interesting to Drexel students.  If you know of an award that you think should be on this list, let us know.

External Databases
You can find awards through countless scholarship search engines. Some search sites are better than others however, so be careful. We’ve listed some that we have confidence in. Let us know if you have questions about the merit of a particular award program. We can help you try to identify a scam. 

Drexel Internal Funding
Some departments at Drexel offer funding or other awards to their students. We’ve listed them here for your convenience but we do not work with these programs. Contact your department or college for advice and assistance with these applications.

Other awards and opportunities you can apply to.