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Thomas J. Watson Fellowship


The Watson Fellowship provides a one-year grant for purposeful, independent exploration outside the United States, allowing Fellows to engage their deepest interests on a global scale.  Fellows plan out a year long program visiting any number of countries . 

Selection Criteria

  • U.S. citizenship is NOT required.
  • Open to graduating seniors ONLY.

Internal Deadline

October 7, 2024, 11:59 pm ET

How to Apply

Please contact Melissa Mandos at to access an online application.  The application elements include:

  • 1500 word personal statement
  • 1500 word project proposal
  • Two recommendations
  • Transcript
  • Supplementary material (optional)


Selection Process

  • The Fellowships and Prizes Committee reviews all applications, resumes, essays and recommendations.
  • Based on application materials, interviews, and recommendations, the Committee selects four nominees. Nominees have an opportunity to revise their essays prior to Watson's national deadline, which is early November.
  • All nominees receive an interview with a member of Watson's national selection committee.
  • Final selections are announced on March 15, 2023.

Congratulations to: