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Graduating seniors may apply for the fellowship (including December grads.). It is open to both U.S. citizens and international students. Applicants come from a variety of academic disciplines and personal interests.

The award amount for the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is $30,000 for one year of independent travel. The travel year begins in August following graduation.

Application materials are due on the second Friday in September. They include a five-page project proposal and five-page personal statement, unofficial transcripts and the name and contact information of an Earlham faculty member who may serve as a reference upon nomination.

Selected applicants are interviewed and up to four applicants are put forward for nomination for the fellowship. Final application materials are due to the Thomas J. Watson Foundation the first week in November.

Winners are announced in early March.

Jennifer Seely

Associate Professor of Politics Jennifer Seely is Earlham’s Watson liaison. Call her at 765-983-1306 or email her at

Mishel Mussali ’15 (pictured right) traveled the world to learn what food and land mean to people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and discovered how societies and food systems would change if the spiritual roots of food and farming were reclaimed.

Mishel Mussali