The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship offers college graduates a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel to enhance their capacity for resourcefulness, imagination, openness, and leadership and to foster their humane and effective participation in the world community. Basically, it allows individuals to design a dream year and to carry it out across the globe.
For my Watson year (August 2012-August 2013), I am exploring the running cultures in an array of countries with unique and storied running histories: the United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, Ethiopia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Finland, and Sweden. My objective is to construct an encompassing and comparative view of these diverse environments as I investigate the role of running on individual, societal, and global scales.
Check out http://www.watsonfellowship.org/site/fellows/12_13.html to read more about the Watson Fellowship and the 40 awesome projects that are going on this year.