National Fellowships and Scholarships

What are National Fellowships and Scholarships? Simply put, they are merit-based, highly competitive, opportunities funded by governments, individual philanthropists, and private organizations. These opportunities mainly fund travel, graduate study, or independent research abroad. One, however, funds graduate study in the U.S.; another supports research at a major think tank; and another rewards candidates for excellent work in the STEM fields. Each funding body has a mission.

Amherst College Senior Calista McRae Awarded Watson Fellowship

March 25, 2008


AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College senior Calista McRae, an English major from East Brookfield, Mass., is one of just 40 students across the United States to have received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for the 2009-10 academic year. McRae will use the award—which comes with a $28,000 stipend—to study abandoned buildings in Germany, Bangladesh, India, the Czech Republic, Australia, the Ukraine and Belarus.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sewickly student opts to go fishing in Scandinavia

Submitted by Caroline J. Hanna
Hilary Palevsky '07 and her experiences cod-fishing in Scandinavia were the subject of this lengthy feature in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Sewickly, Pa., native is spending the year traveling the North Atlantic studying the cod-fishing industry thanks to a prestigious $25,000 Watson Fellowship she received last spring.

Amherst College Graduate Joseph Rachiele Awarded Watson Fellowship To Explore Pick-Up Basketball Around the World

April 25, 2005Director of Media Relations413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Joseph Rachiele, who graduated from Amherst College in January, has been awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and will travel around the world to study cultural imperialism in a uniquely "hands-on" fashion, playing pick-up basketball and reporting on his experience. Rachiele, a graduate of Shorewood High School, is the son of Julia Rachiele of Seattle, Wash.