Applications will open again in August for student innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs ages 18-23.


A hand-selected group of 20-35 Scholars from across the world are convened at Watson’s campus in Boulder, Colorado, where they live, learn and collaborate with each other.


Master Courses taught by leading mentors, practitioners and entrepreneurs; training in social entrepreneurship and personal development; and the Watson Lab to take scholars’ ventures from idea to launch.

Watson is simply the way of the future for higher education: I walk away with the most meaningful friendships I have in my life, the courage to aim for the sky, the depth of reflection required to live a balanced yet cutting-edge lifestyle, and a renewed vision for my social venture Umbiyozo.

Jason Woolf, South Africa

Watson is simply the place to be. Although I already have 2 degrees, my experience at Watson far tops any of my previous educational experiences. At Watson, I found the courage to really go for what I want and was able to craft the vision for the future that I want for my life, my community and my country.

Omotola Akinsola, Nigeria

My time at Watson taught me two things: That within me there is an endless source of possibility waiting to happen, and that there are people who fiercely believe in the good in the world and are passionate about making a lasting positive impact, just like me.

Allyson Ann Carpenter, US

Watson has effectively created an environment of active learning, mindfulness, and vulnerability unparalleled in my educational experience. Together, the scholars made deeply personal discoveries and came to recognize a comprehensive awareness that will serve us for the rest of our lives.

Mark Etem, US

Surrounded by a peer-group that has big hearts and even bigger dreams, it is not hard to come to Watson and dream BIG! From the scholars to the preceptors to the global Watson community, I feel truly connected to a community of passionate dreamers and doers.

Ryan Singh, US/India

Upon graduation after four years at a mid-ranked university I felt lost, misdirected, and used. After just one semester with Watson I feel utter confidence in my convictions, complete passion for my work, and a support network to help protect my courage.

Schuyler VanSickle, US

Watson has been the most transformative and inspirational experience of my life. Never have I been in a place full of changemakers who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in the world. It's surreal how everyone I've ever met through Watson embodies strong values and fosters an enabling and empowering culture.

Nicole 'Andy' Rapista, Philippines

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