“Crafting a proposal is a very introspective process. I was challenged to understand my motivations and interest in death and dying, then explain how those have informed my life’s course. From this, I gained a deeper sense of myself, academically and personally, which was rewarding in and of itself.”

“I gave myself lots of time to think, which was crucial. This strategy really worked for me and I would pass on the same advice to my peers who are considering applying. It’s really fun to dream about what you would do for an entire year with the whole world at your doorstep!”

“For me, the Watson was not about a year-long adventure but about learning to see the possibilities available in the world and realizing that I am capable of pursuing any of them I want.”

“Being offered the Watson Fellowship is similar to someone tapping you on the shoulder, looking you straight in the eyes, and saying, ‘You've shown me a small glimpse of that which you love, and while I’m not here to answer the questions you have, I can give you the time and space to chase them until next year’s horizon.’”

“I am most excited about meeting and learning from people all over the world, and observing and hearing about their connections to land and food. Everybody needs food, but everyone's experiences and perspectives are different. I can't really imagine where this year will take me, but I know it will be transformative.”

“A lot of what my Watson year will be about is going to these otherworldly places on Earth, and saying to myself ‘What would it be like to be on Mars? To look at a landscape that is totally devoid of life, of water, of vegetation? What does it feel like to be in that all-encompassing solitude?’”

“I’m glad I decided to pursue Fulbright. It gave me an opportunity to share my unique experience as an immigrant and first-generation college student, not only with my Chinese colleagues, but also with other international students at Northwest University, who rarely meet Chinese Americans.“ 

“Throughout my time at Wellesley, the advisors at Career Education were instrumental in helping me navigate the labyrinth of academia and pointing me toward resources and opportunities that would help me achieve my goals.”

[The Fulbright] is meant to achieve diplomacy in a different way, in the form of relationships between neighbors and coworkers and friends, rather than embassies and trade agreements

Michel David-Weill Scholarship (rising seniors)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Supports a two-year master’s degree in any field at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), but Economics is especially encouraged. Eligible are graduating seniors at Wellesley who are US citizens. Campus application deadline typically in November.

Mayling Soong Summer Scholarships (students)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

The Mayling Soong Foundation funds a limited number of students to undertake summer language study in East or South Asia. Application deadline typically early in the spring semester.

Killam Fellowships Program (students)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

The Killam Fellowships Program, administered by Fulbright Canada, allows undergraduate students from Canada and the United States to participate in a program of binational residential exchange. Killam Fellows spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the host country. Students can apply either to the direct exchange program, which is limited to certain participating university partners, or to the open competition, allowing for participation from (and to) any accredited degree-granting college or university in either country.

“I grew up listening to public radio and I’ve always enjoyed stories, so I’m looking forward to learning about how storytelling and journalism function in a different continent.”

“Throughout my four years at Wellesley, I have come to understand that a deeper understanding of China’s role in global issues is crucial to foster cooperation globally.”

Yenching Academy Scholarship at Peking University (rising seniors & alumnae)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

The Yenching Academy of Peking University builds bridges between China and the rest of the world through an interdisciplinary master’s program in China Studies for outstanding graduates from all over the globe. This initiative brings together young people who show promise to lead and innovate in their fields in an intensive learning environment where they can explore China and its role in the world — past, present, and future. The Academy aims to thereby shape a new generation of global citizens with a nuanced understanding of China and its role in the world.

Campus deadline typically in November.

Wellesley-Yenching Fellowship at the National Palace Museum in Taipei (rising seniors & alumnae)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

This one-year, full-time position is available to Wellesley College graduates, thanks to a long-standing arrangement between the college and the National Palace Museum (NPM). Each fellow’s responsibilities and job description will be determined, to some extent, according to the Museum’s current staffing requirements as well as the fellow’s personal background, interests and skills.  The Wellesley liaison at the National Palace Museum will work with the Wellesley-Yenching Committee to place the fellow in an appropriate position(s) at the Museum.  The liaison will also serve as the fellow’s advisor during her term at the Museum.

Wellesley-Yenching Fellowship at Chung Chi College in Hong Kong (rising seniors & alumnae)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

The Wellesley-Yenching Program in cooperation with Chung Chi College in Hong Kong sponsors a fellowship to teach or assist in teaching English at Chung Chi. This one-year fellowship is generally offered on an annual basis to a Wellesley College senior or alumna with the option to extend for a second year.  Candidates are first interviewed by the committee at Wellesley College, which then sends on the credentials of its nominee for final approval by Chung Chi College.

Apply in spring semester 2019 for the 2019-20 Fellowship.