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The Drexel Fellowships Office supports students across the University in their applications for competitive national and international fellowships. We raise campus-wide awareness of opportunities and directly help students create strong applications through intensive individual advising and support. To set up an appointment, please email us at


Rona Buchalter

Rona Buchalter holds a PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s in Speech and Political Science from Northwestern University. She has taught communication theory at the University of Pennsylvania and Academic Writing at Swarthmore College, as well as consulted with a number of educational institutions in and around Philadelphia on special academic programs. She was formerly a member of the Board of Trustees of Independence Charter School, with special emphasis on curriculum development.

Meredith Wooten
Assistant Director

Meredith Wooten holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College and a Master’s and PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the Drexel Fellowships Office, Meredith spent 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. She has also taught American politics and political thought at Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, and the University of Pennsylvania. She 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.

Cynthia Oka
Fellowships Coordinator

Cynthia Dewi Oka was born and raised in Bali, Indonesia and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Simon Fraser University, Canada. She has extensive experience conducting outreach, mentorship and program coordination for college students from her many years with the Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group. In addition she has worked as a popular educator, group facilitator, project manager and advocate in a wide range of social justice organizations serving women, youth, migrant communities, low-income and other vulnerable populations. Cynthia is a well-published poet and essayist; her undergraduate honors thesis was published in the academic journal Studies in Political Economy.