Watson Fellowship

Recording of Spring Watson Info Session

PURPOSE: The Watson Fellowship is a one-year grant for independent exploration and travel outside of the United States in the year following graduation from college. 

AWARD: $36,000 to cover one year of travel and related project expenses; coverage of one year of federal and institutional student loans payments. Approximately 40 Watson fellows are selected from 160 candidates nominated by participating institutions.

ELIGIBILITY: Seniors; no citizenship restrictions; no GPA restrictions.

Application Process 

Carefully Review the Following Two Middlebury Fellowships Documents 

Watson Applicant Timeline and Checklist

Watson Application Guidance

Deadlines Overview
See Watson Applicant Timeline and Checklist above for specific details and requirements.

1. April 15 Preliminary Application Deadline: Submit the Middlebury online preliminary application. And yes, you can submit this after April 15 too.

2. September 10, 2019, Nomination Application Deadline: Complete an abbreviated Watson Foundation application. No late applications will be accepted.

Nominee Selection
Selected applicants will be invited to interview in September. Four nominees and one alternate will be selected by early October.

Watson Foundation Selection
Nominees will work with the Fellowships advisor, and members of the selection committee, to solicit letters of recommendation and prepare an application to submit for the final Watson Foundation deadline in November. A representative from the Watson Foundation interviews the nominees on campus late fall or winter. Nominees must participate in a mock interview prior to the formal interview. Awardees are notified in mid-March.


Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research
Davis Family Library 225G

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

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