What is it?

Students with creative or offbeat projects can travel and live abroad even with a substantial stipend. The overall GPA is less important than the originality of the proposal.

Application Process

Takes place in late September, early October. Campus Deadline: September 29, 2017 by 3:00 pm.

1. Written. A well worked-out project of 5 pages or so, showing that you have a firm idea of what you want to do and that you have constructed a realistic budget. Creativity counts for a lot. Plus, strong support from faculty recommendations.
2. Oral interviews. On campus with Colby professors and later with Watson representatives.

  • How difficult is it to receive?
    Highly competitive. Colby chooses 4 finalists from the entire senior class. Every year one or two students have won the award. In 2008, for example, Emilia Tjernström, studied nomads in Mongolia, Mali, Mauritania, and Argentina. A few years earlier, another one of our students worked on an art project in Senegal and neighboring countries.
  • Contact Professor Ben Fallaw in Latin American Studies for help and further information as soon as possible.