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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 24, 2018

How to Apply

Turn in all the following materials to Parrish 115 or 119 by the internal deadline, above:

  • 1500 word personal statement
  • 1500 word project proposal
  • Resume
  • Contact Melissa Mandos <> for access to an application.


Selection Process

  • The Fellowships and Prizes Committee reviews all applications, resumes, essays and recommendations.
  • Based on the applications, the Committee invites approximately 10 candidates for interviews.
  • 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.
  • Nominees complete on-line applications and submit their applications and all supporting materials (including recommendations) to the Watson Foundation. Deadline to be announced.
  • All nominees receive a one-hour, on-campus interview with a member of Watson's national selection committee.
  • Final selections are posted on Watson's web site on March 15, 2019.

Congratulations to:

Benjamin Charo '18, Biology; "Declining Reefs: an Ethnographic Exploration," Australia, Belize, Federated States of Micronesia

Mercer Borris '16, Engineering; "Robots and Gizmos: Interfaces of Health," Sweden, India, Qatar, Botswana, Japan.

Jesse Bossingham '16, Political Science, Economics (Economics); "How We Die: A cross-cultural exploration of dying," Ireland, The Netherlands, India, Botswana.