Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program awards fellowships to college seniors so that they may pursue independent research projects while traveling outside the United States for one year after their graduation. The Watson Fellowship Program is administered in cooperation with 50 outstanding private college and universities throughout the United States.


Students must first be nominated by their college or university, and then compete on a national level. Watson Fellows will each receive $25,000 for their year of travel and study. This year of travel provides Fellows an unusual opportunity to take stock of themselves, test their aspirations and abilities, pursue their own in-depth study, and develop a more informed sense of international concern. In selecting Watson Fellows, the program is most concerned with holistically identifying individuals who demonstrate integrity, imagination, strong ethical character, intelligence, the capacity for vision and leadership, the promise of creative achievement and excellence within a chosen field, and the potential for humane and effective participation in the world community. This program identifies prospective leaders and allows them to develop their independence and to become world citizens.

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program was begun in 1968 by the children of Thomas J. Watson, Sr., the founder if IBM Corporation, and his wife, Jeannette K. Watson, to honor their parents’ long-standing interest in education and world affairs. The program continues to believe that the investment in Watson Fellows is an effective contribution to the global community.

Contact Information:
Beverly Larson, Executive Director
The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program
293 South Main St.
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 274-1952

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