|Initial Bowdoin Deadline:||September 21, 2012 (noon)|
|Campus Interview:||October 3 or 4, 2012|
|Bowdoin Final Deadline:||November 5, 2012 (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 outside of the United States in order to enhance their capacity for resourcefulness, imagination, openness, and leadership and to foster their humane and effective participation in the world community.
The program provides Fellows an opportunity for a focused and disciplined year of their own devising – a period in which they can have some surcease from the lockstep of prescribed educational and career patterns in order to explore with thoroughness a particular interest. During their year abroad, Fellows have an unusual, sustained, and demanding opportunity to take stock of themselves, to test their aspirations and abilities, to view their lives and American society in greater perspective, and, concomitantly, to develop a more informed sense of international concern.
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 $25,000 ($35,000 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 email the materials listed below to Emily Briley 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, it is your responsibility to continue revising and collecting your materials. 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.
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)
Joshua Magno '11
5, 6, 7, 8, Instep, Outreach: An Exploration of Dance as Community Service
India, Uganda, Egypt, France, the United Kingdom, Argentina
Joshua will spend his Watson year exploring his passion for movement and non-profit volunteer work by participating in several dance communities that integrate performance and community service. He hopes to learn how performers in these studios address issues pertaining to sexuality, disabilities, disease, and the environment through performance. With this greater understanding, Joshua aims to understand how cultures sublimate their hardships through art. (Read more)
For a comprehensive list of Bowdoin fellowship winners, click here.