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The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship offers college graduates a year of independent study and travel outside of the United States in pursuit of a personal passion. Earlham is one of 40 participating colleges that may nominate recipients. The fellowship provides a grant of $30,000 to each recipient, who must remain abroad for the year of the grant.

Earlhamites are candidates for funding from the Watson Foundation, which began awarding the fellowship 50 years ago in honor of the late founder of IBM.  Thirty-seven Earlham graduates have earned Watsons since 1981.

Above, Basil Farraj '14, a Peace & Global Studies major, traveled to Chile, Norway, France and the United Arab Emirates for his Watson Fellowship titled, “Palestinian Borderline Identity: A Quest for an Alternative Palestinian Identity.”

Applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and academic disciplines are welcome. Watson Fellows are selected from among the approximately 195 candidates nominated by the participating institutions each year.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.