The Application Process FAQ

How do I decide which fellowship opportunity is the best for me?

Use the search engine on this site for starters. You can search based on field of study, undergraduate vs. graduate opportunities, national vs. international. You should also ask your faculty mentors if they know of awards you might apply for, and check the websites of professional associations within your discipline or area of interest.

Can I find funding for the upcoming semester?

No. Most of these awards require applications be submitted six months to a year in advance, more in some cases.

I just found a perfect fellowship for me, but the deadline just passed two days ago. Can I still apply?

No. Deadlines are non-negotiable in the fellowships world. Look for other awards with later deadlines, or try again next year if you are still eligible.

Can I apply for more than one award?

Generally speaking, yes. You can apply for as many awards as you have time for. Once you’ve done the introspection and self-analysis required to complete one award application, you often better understand who you are and are better able to articulate your goals and ambitions. This makes it much easier to fill out subsequent applications.

You’ll have to read the specifics for each award, though, to see whether you are allowed to receive multiple cash awards. Most organizations are fine with you receiving awards for different purposes; they do not tend to look kindly on “double-dipping,” however. For example, new rules explicitly prohibit students from receiving multiple federal awards at the same time.

There are so many details to keep track of. How can I keep myself organized and on track to make this happen?

Time management is essential. Between 10-week quarters, co-op, exams, social activities, and so on, staying on top of deadlines can be a challenge. List all your obligations on a calendar, including draft deadlines for your fellowship applications. If you are having trouble staying organized, make an appointment with the Drexel Learning Center or make an appointment with the Fellowships Office. The Application Timetable can also help you stay organized and focused.

My grades aren’t the best. Do I still have a chance?

It is true that high grades undoubtedly help in the pursuit of competitive fellowships, but programs vary in their insistence on top grades. Those that value high grades usually say so in the eligibility and/or criteria sections of their websites. If the program you are interested in doesn’t specify a minimum GPA, or if the minimum GPA is somewhat lower, and if the rest of your application is stellar (in other words, if you can demonstrate commitment, leadership and excellence in other areas), you may still be a strong candidate.

I had a bad semester because [I was sick, I had personal/family problems, I had two other jobs, etc.]. The rest of my grades have been excellent, but because of this one semester my GPA is lower. Can I still apply?

Yes. If your application is otherwise excellent, the Fellowships Office can sometimes write a letter on your behalf explaining limited exceptional circumstances.