The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a prestigious postgraduate fellowship awarded to only 40 US college graduates each year. 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 children of Thomas J. Watson Sr., the founder of IBM Corp., and his wife, Jeannette K. Watson, established the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program in 1968 to honor their parents’ long-standing interest in education and world affairs.
The program produces a year of personal insight, perspective and confidence that shapes the arc of fellows’ lives. Watson Fellows have gone on to become international influencers in their fields including CEOs of major corporations, college presidents, Emmy, Grammy and Oscar Award winners, Pulitzer Prize awardees, artists, diplomats, doctors, faculty, journalists, lawyers, politicians, researchers and inspiring leaders around the world.
Davidson College Press Release: https://www.davidson.edu/news/news-stories/180315-sierra-ponthier-18-will-get-a-taste-of-the-world-through-watson-fellowship
Watson Foundation: https://watson.foundation/fellowships/tj