|Initial Bowdoin Deadline:||September 19, 2013 (noon)|
|Campus Interview:||October 1 - 3, 2013|
|Bowdoin Final Deadline:||November 4, 2013 (noon)
|Campus Contact:||Cindy Stocks, Director of Student Fellowships and Research|
*Information derived from www.watsonfellowship.org
The mission of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program is to offer college graduates of unusual promise a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel -- in international settings new to them --to enhance their capacity for resourcefulness, imagination, openness, and leadership and to foster their humane and effective participation in the world community.
The philosophy behind the Watson Fellowship is to remove oneself from the comfort and stability of Home, exploring the world selectively in pursuit of one’s passion, and discovering along the way one’s potential for humane and effective participation in the world community. The Watson journey is a “solo” experience, to be lived independently but shared broadly with humanity. This is the “Spirit of the Watson.”
The Watson Fellowship program is most concerned with holistically identifying individuals who demonstrate leadership, resourcefulness, imagination or vision, independence, integrity, responsibility and emotional maturity, and courage. A candidate's academic record, while not of primary importance, is also considered, together with those extracurricular activities that reflect both initiative and dedication.
The stipend for the fellowship year is $28,000 (~$38,000 for fellows accompanied by a spouse or dependent child). Each year, the Foundation interviews approximately 155 finalists and awards up to 40 fellowships.
Bowdoin’s Internal Selection Process. By the “Initial Bowdoin Deadline” (see above), applicants must either hand-deliver or email the materials listed below to Corey Colwill in the Office of Student Fellowships and Research:
Please note: Applicants should make sure their name is included on each page of each component of the initial application.
The Selection Committee will review these materials, and those applicants deemed most competitive will be contacted to schedule a campus interview. Based on the submitted materials and the campus interview, the Selection Committee will determine which students will receive Bowdoin’s nomination. The College is allowed to nominate up to four Bowdoin students annually for the Watson Fellowship.
If you receive Bowdoin’s nomination, the Office of Student Fellowships and Research will create an account for you within the Watson Foundation’s online submission system. This will trigger the system to send you an email with complete instructions on completing the online application.
Materials for the Final Application. If you receive Bowdoin’s nomination, the Office of Student Fellowships and Research will provide you with instructions on how to access the Watson Foundation's online application system. By the “Final Bowdoin Deadline,” which is slightly earlier than the deadline posted on the Watson website, Bowdoin’s nominees must electronically submit a completed online application form, which includes:
In addition, the Office of Student Fellowships and Research will be responsible for drafting and submitting Bowdoin College’s letter of nomination.
S. David Bruce '13
"Depicting Cities and Climate Change: Threats, Response, and Outcome in the Face of Environmental Disaster"
Netherlands, Argentina, India, Thailand, China
David graduated Bowdoin with an economics and environmental studies major and visual arts minor. On his Watson year, David is traveling to investigate what densely populated coastal cities are doing to adapt to the water related threats of climate change. He plans on exploring topics involving the measures taken to prevent sea-level rise, storm surge flooding, monsoon rains, or river flooding from causing devastating damage to populations and infrastructure, and to create a visual journal of drawings, paintings, and sketches. David is unsure what he will do when he returns to the United States in 2014. Whatever he ends up doing, he wants to be able to create, design, and never lose touch with his passion for visual art. (Read More)
Teona Williams '12
"A Search for Playtime: Understanding the Meaning of Nature Among Marginalized Groups"
India, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Dominican Republic
Teona will spend her Watson year visiting developing countries with a mixture of social classes and "breathtaking landscapes". The nations she will visit have also all experienced colonialism, and so have been exposed to Western values, including, perhaps, the Western perception of nature. Williams hopes to collect oral histories of community members to explore their relationship with nature and supplement these narratives by visiting national parks to observe who has access to natural spaces. (Read more)
For a comprehensive list of Bowdoin fellowship winners, click here.