Scholarships and Fellowships

  • Watson Foundation

Watson Fellowship


The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a one-year grant for purposeful, independent exploration outside the United States, awarded to graduating seniors nominated by one of 41 partner institutions

This prestigious fellowship enables exceptionally promising liberal arts college graduates to undertake a “Wanderjahr” - a year of independent study and travel following graduation. Instead of enrolling at universities overseas, Fellows design and pursue travel and research projects reflecting their own abiding interest. 

Who can apply: Seniors who wish to pursue a personal yet translatable project after graduation

Previous Ursinus Recipients

Codey Young ’14
Releasing the Caged Bird: Chronicling Artistic Expressions of Black Masculinity
(Dominican Republic, Brazil, Germany, France)

Andrey Bilko ’10, “Rebirth of Judaism in the Post-Soviet World” (Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Russia)

Kelsey Threatte ’09, “Voice and Veil: The Power and Impact of Arab Women Poets on Society” (United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco)

Jesse Kremenak ’08, “A Vehicle for Expression: The Customized Automobile” (Japan, China, Australia, India, Czech Republic)

Katherine Ringler ’07, “A Mission of Charity: Following the Footsteps of Mother Teresa” (Macedonia, Ireland, India, Venezuela, Italy, Tanzania, China)

Markus Weise ’07, “‘On your left!’: Making and Maintaining Bicycle Culture in Cities” (Namibia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Tanzania)

Joseph Klim ’03, “On the Piste, Off the Piste, and Everything In-between” (New Zealand, Japan, Austria, Norway)

Aaron Ranck ’02, “Cultivating the Earth: Agrarian Life” (Brazil, Jordan, Tanzania)