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Watson Fellowship


Provides support for "an initial postgraduate year of independent study and travel abroad." The Foundation "hopes to provide Fellows an opportunity for a focused and disciplined Wanderjahr of their own devising." Students plan out a year long program visiting any number of countries . Students may not attend school or work during the year, and no language requirements apply.

Selection Criteria

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

Internal Deadline

September 30, 2020

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.
  • All nominees receive a one-hour, Zoom  interview with a member of Watson's national selection committee.
  • Final selections are posted on Watson's web site on March 15, 2021.

Congratulations to:

Tiye Pulley ‘19, Project:  Skateboarding and Its Artistic Outputs in Ethiopia, Japan and Jamaica