Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program

🏆 Available:
💰 $36,000
⏳ 11/02

Scholarship Description

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 41 partner institutions.

The Watson Fellowship is a rare window after college and pre-career to engage your deepest interest on a global scale. Fellows conceive original projects, execute them outside of the United States for one year and embrace the ensuing journey. They decide where to go, who to meet, and when to change course. They do not affiliate with academic institutions and may not hold formal employment.

The program produces a year of personal insight, perspective, and confidence that shapes the arc of fellows’ lives. Started in 1968, Watson Fellows comprise leaders in every field. The one year stipend is $36,000. In addition, the foundation provides (through reimbursement) health insurance and the equivalent of 12-months of payments on outstanding institutional and federally guaranteed (Perkins, Stafford) loans. Only partner colleges may nominate students.

You are eligible to apply for the Watson if you are a graduating senior nominated by one of our 41 partner institutions. We do not accept at-large applications. All majors and fields of inquiry are eligible. If your institution partners with us, please check their website for details on deadlines.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Type of institution award is open to: four-year college
  • Award is available to U.S. citizens
  • Award is available to Canadian citizens
  • Award is available to citizens of countries other than the U.S. and Canada.

Application Requirements

  • Application form required
  • Transcript required
  • Interview required
  • Recommendations or references required
  • Special requirements exist (These are specified in text.)
  • Entry in a contest required
  • Personal Statement, Project Proposal

How To Apply

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Donor: Thomas J. Watson Foundation

The Foundation offers two fellowship programs: The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship.