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About

The Drexel Fellowships Office was created in 2007 to provide application and administrative support for Drexel  students applying for nationally competitive scholarship and fellowship opportunities to enhance their undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate academic work.

Part of the Pennoni Honors College Center for Scholar Development, the Fellowships Office supports students across the University in their applications for competitive, merit-based national and international fellowships. We raise campus-wide awareness of opportunities and directly help students create strong applications through intensive individual advising and support.

Check out our resources for finding and applying for fellowships and learn more about how we work with students applying for our Core and Priority awards. Please explore our site and contact us with questions! 

The Fellowships Office works with external scholarships and fellowships only. Check our Drexel Contacts and Awards for more information about opportunities sponsored by Drexel University.

The Fellowships Team

Dr. Meredith Wooten
Director

Meredith Wooten holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College and PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the Drexel Fellowships Office, Meredith taught political science at a range of area institutions, including Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her background in academic advising and support includes nine years as a graduate fellow at the Penn Graduate Student Center, where she focused on PhD support programs and outreach efforts to students from non-traditional and underrepresented groups. Dr. Wooten focuses on advising students applying for major fellowships and research grants, as well as promoting research opportunities with faculty, students, and staff across the university.

Ben RayderBen Rayder, MA
Assistant Director

Ben Rayder earned a Bachelor’s in Political Science and German from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master’s in Modern European Studies from the University College London. He is currently finishing his PhD in Comparative Politics with the University of Bamberg. Before joining the Drexel Fellowships Office, Ben taught courses in political science at Bamberg in both German and English and served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Duisburg, Germany from 2009-2010. While working at the International Office in Bamberg, Ben gained valuable advising experience by counseling students about study abroad programs and a variety of scholarship opportunities. Based on his work in the classroom and as an advisor, he possesses a deep commitment to supporting young scholars pursue their academic and professional goals. Ben focuses on advising students on preparing and applying for external postgraduate and graduate awards and opportunities. 


Jennifer Lech, M.S.
Fellowships Advisor

Jennifer received her Bachelor's in Psychology and Spanish Linguistics from Gettysburg College and a MS in Social, Organizational, and Industrial Psychology from the University of Porto. After college, she served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Portugal from 2010-2011. Before joining the Drexel Fellowships Office, Jennifer worked as an English Language Consultant and as an editor and translator for the School of Psychology and Education Science at the University of Porto. She brings a rich background in education and language, experience working with diverse populations, and a keen interest in guiding and advising students through the fellowships process. Jennifer focuses on advising students applying for international opportunities.