The Watson Fellowship is a one-year grant for purposeful, independent study and travel outside of the United States in the year following graduation from college. Watson Fellows receive funding to step off the beaten track and fully engage with a project of personal significance with the hope that they will, as Thomas J. Watson said, “Come home and then do something about it.”
As a Watson Fellow, I will examine how social, cultural, and economic forces shape cheesemakers’ lives. What is it about cheese that motivates individuals to take on hard, strenuous work with little financial reward? My year will involve working alongside producers, from those who uphold totally traditional methods to those who combine old techniques with modern technologies. I will begin to deepen my understanding of the passion that drives artisanal production as I explore the balance between a global outlook and the need for sustainable, regional food systems.
You can read more about the Watson Fellowship, my project, and the projects of other awesome Watson Fellow’s by following this link to the Watson Foundation website: http://watson.foundation/fellowships/tj