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The Thomas J. Watson Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-14

At A Glance

The Thomas J. Watson Foundation

11 Park Pl., Ste. 1503

New York City, NY United States 10007-2816


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-05-31)

Assets: $109,247,686

Total giving: $4,308,504






Trust established in 1961 in NY

Purpose and Activities

The grantmaker sponsors a fellowship program for independent study and travel abroad for graduating seniors of the private colleges and universities which are listed on the foundation's web site.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Grants to Individuals Program

Fellowships by nomination only to graduating seniors of specified colleges and universities for independent study and travel. Nominees must attend one of the specified colleges listed in program description.

Jeannette K. Watson Summer Fellowships

The fellowship is a three year program which provides summer internships, mentoring, and enriched educational opportunities to promising students from twelve New York City partner institutions with the goal of increasing their life choices and developing their capacity to make a difference in their own and others’ lives. See fellowship web site for further details.

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program

This fellowship offers college graduates of unusual promise a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel -- in international settings new to them -- to enhance their capacity for resourcefulness, imagination, openness, and leadership and to foster their humane and effective participation in the world community. See foundation web site for further information .

Fields of Interest

  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Undergraduate education
  • University education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Females

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-05-31

Assets: $109,247,686 (market value)

Expenditures: $7,147,953

Total giving: $4,308,504

Qualifying distributions: $6,254,686