2016 Watson Fellows Explore a World in Transition
AMHERST, Mass. - Throughout the world, political upheavals and changes in the global climate are having a deep impact on some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. This year, two Amherst College seniors will embark on global journeys to learn their stories, as the College’s 2016 Thomas J. Watson Fellows.
Aleksandra Burshteyn and Benjamin Walker are among 40 fellows hailing from eight countries and 21states. The Watson Foundation selected these fellows from 152 finalists competing on the national level. This year, close to 700 candidates at 40 select private liberal arts colleges and universities across the United States submitted proposals.
Fellows receive $30,000 for 12 months of travel, college loan assistance and a health insurance allowance. This year’s fellows are traveling to 67 countries.
A citizen of the United States and the Russian Federation, Burshteyn grew up hearing stories from her family about the fall of communism in the former USSR.