National fellowship to engage in one year of self-designed independent study and travel abroad.
Proposed project should involve investigation into an area of demonstrated concern and personal interest, it should be creative, feasible, interactive, and personally significant -- critical elements are commitment, quality of project, and match of project to the individual, feasibility, and the ability to work and travel independently. It should not be a repeat of earlier experiences, although it may build upon them. The project may not include formal study in a foreign institution. Student's academic record is considered together with those cocurricular activities that reflect both initiative and a commitment to the stated area of interest.

Open to college seniors. US citizenship is not required.


Twelve months outside of the U.S.  This is a full 12-month commitment.


Campus Deadline: October
National Deadline: November


$36,000 to cover expenses for twelve month period

Selection Process

Proposals are reviewed by the Hamilton faculty fellowship committee. Students are chosen for on campus interviews and four nominees are selected. A second interview, with a representative from the Watson Foundation, is conducted between mid-November and late January. Fellowship recipients are announced in mid-March.


Copies of successful past proposals are available for your review on reserve in the library, behind the circulation desk in binders marked Watson Fellowship and Bristol Fellowship, and in the Fellowships Office located in the Career Center. Learn more about past Watson Fellowship winners.

The Watson website contains all up-to-date information on the Watson fellowships program.


Contact Name

Lisa Grimes

Student Fellowships Coordinator

Office Location
Bristol Center

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