What is a Watson Fellow?
“The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a one-year grant for purposeful, independent exploration outside the United States, awarded to graduating seniors nominated by one of 40 partner colleges”
A Watson Fellowship is a rare opportunity for 40 graduating seniors from colleges across the country to “conceive original projects, execute them outside of the United States for one year and embrace the ensuing journey.” What an excellent opportunity to be given, and what a road ahead this year will be with Watson. This year’s class of 40 Watson Fellows comes from 29 of the 40 partner schools, 21 states, and six countries. The Fellows receive stipends of $30,000 each for 12 months of travel, and will explore topics from pediatric cancer treatment to citizen journalism; from animation to autonomous vehicles; from immigration to island communities. Read more about individual fellows here.
If you are interested in applying, check out the list of partner schools here and see if you are eligible!