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What are fellowships?

Fellowships come in all shapes and sizes and have a variety of goals. Some are for international experiences and others support activities here at home. Some fund students in particular fields of study or professional paths; others target special populations such as underrepresented racial or ethnic groups, women, LGBTQ students, or those with financial need. Yet others are open to anyone with vision and talent.

What they have in common is that these are all nationally-competitive, prestigious programs that support outstanding students and provide top-notch opportunities -- research, study, service, travel, mentoring, networking, or other professional experiences.  

What can a fellowship do for you?

  • Fuel your development
    Most fellowships expose you to people, places, experiences, and ways of thinking that you wouldn’t likely encounter otherwise. Some offer powerful networking and leadership development opportunities. All can help you grow intellectually, professionally, and personally. 
  • Provide financial support
    Fellowships can pay for your education or research training, or at least part of it. Even if you already receive University funding, having outside funds often lets you be more independent, choosing your own path, your own research, your own experience.
  • Give you a competitive edge
    Many fellowships are highly prestigious and will open doors for you for the rest of your life.  Graduate schools and employers are particularly interested in applicants with the drive, dedication, organization, and intellectual curiosity that a major fellowship signals.
    At the very least, applying for fellowships as a student will help you learn how to apply for competitive awards, something you may well need to do again in the future.

Want to learn more?

Interested in fellowships? We're here to help!

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    Ready to apply?

    Ready to apply for a nationally-competitive award? If this is your first time applying for fellowships at Drexel, we recommend the following steps:

    • Start preparing early
      While applying for national fellowships is a lot of work, it’ll be less stressful and more rewarding if you take some steps to prepare before you get started.  
    • Learn more about how the Center for Scholar Development can help.
      The Center for Scholar Development encourages students to apply for nationally-competitive awards. Our role varies depending on the type of award, with our advisors working most directly and intensely with applicants for our administered ("Core") awards.
    • Understand the application process.
      Learn more about what’s involved in the actual process of applying for fellowships, including advice for writing those all-important application essays.
    • Meet with a Fellowships Advisor
      Attend a Fellowships 101 session to speak with an advisor or ask general questions about fellowships. If you are interested in a specific Core or Priority Award or for feedback on application drafts, please complete our Fellowships Interest Form to request an individual appointment. Otherwise, attendance at Fellowships 101 is a prerequisite for meeting with a Fellowships Advisor.