Purpose: The Watson Fellowship Program seeks to give exceptional college graduates the freedom to engage in a year of independent study and travel abroad in order to thoroughly explore a particular interest, test aspirations and abilities, view their lives and American society in greater perspective, and develop a more informed sense of international concern.
Funding: The Fellowship provides $25,000 to each recipient ($35,000 if traveling with spouse or dependents).
Eligibility: All graduating seniors at 50 participating institutions, which includes Carleton College, are eligible for nomination by their institutions.
Selection Criteria: The Foundation seeks to identify individuals who demonstrate integrity, strong ethical character, intelligence, the capacity for vision and leadership, and potential for humane and effective participation in the world community. Feasibility of the project and language ability are also taken into account.
Application Process: See link above for "Carleton-specific information"
Faculty Adviser: Pierre Hecker, Assistant Professor of English, Laird 201, x4489
2013: Charlie Bentley '13, Robin Wonsley '13
2012: Niki Tomita '12, Gracie Ogilby '12
2010: Andrew Terwilliger '10. Check out Andrew's blog.
2009: Edward Allaire Falk '09
2008: Sean Michael Noonan '08
2005: Philip Daniel O'Hara '05, Katherine Anne Sammons '05
2004: Maria Elizabeth Coryell-Martin '04, Lesanna Lyn Dobrahner '04, Nathan Robert Senner '04
2003: Molly Jean Bruder '03
1996: Julie Ann Siple '96, YouaPa Susan Yang '96