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Class of 2017: Apply for the Watson!

By Kim Germain on August 30, 2016

The Watson Fellowship provides $30,000 to fund a self-driven year of global exploration and travel outside of the US after graduation. Projects can be about nearly anything, academic or personal, that intrigues and motivates you enough to spend a whole year pursuing that idea or issue around the globe.

From solar energy to surgery, climate change to community radio, technology to textiles, the Watson Fellowship provides graduating seniors with a remarkable year to explore their deepest interests on a global scale. Fellows create original projects, execute them outside of the United States and embrace the ensuing journey.

Approaching their half century mark, today Watson Fellows comprise leaders in nearly every field, inspired by a ‘dream year’ that continues to shape the arc of their lives and those of others.

The Colgate campus deadline is now October 5 — coming up soon, though there is still time to apply. All interested seniors are highly encouraged to contact ONFS for valuable advisement and application feedback prior to the campus deadline.

You can download application materials right here: Click Watson campus application form 2016 for this year’s campus form and instructions, and click Watson Recommendation Form for the questionnaire that must be completed by your recommenders and submitted by them to ONFS by the October 5 deadline.

The Watson Foundation is hosting a webinar for all interested parties on Friday, September 9 from 3-4pm. Click here to register for that webinar. More info available at the Watson website here.

Additional details: Candidates must:

  • Be in their senior year at the time of application
  • Receive a bachelor’s degree prior to Aug. 1 of that year
  • Create a project for a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel
  • Be nominated by Colgate. Nomination decisions will be made by our Watson Committee after review of application materials and campus interviews, which will take place soon after the campus deadline above.

The Watson is a unique fellowship opportunity that is only available to students at top US liberal arts colleges. If exploring the world for a year after graduation sounds like a good idea to you, then you may be an excellent candidate. Contact ONFS about your ideas. The world awaits!


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