The Hotchkiss International Fellowship

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The Hotchkiss International Fellowship was created in honor of a Hotchkiss alumnus through the generosity of an anonymous donor. The alumnus spent his career traveling around the globe. A year teaching in the Philippines 60 years ago after university, including the return to the U.S. through Asia, the Middle East and Europe, was a life-changing experience for the alumnus. It led to a career practicing law in Japan, a stint in international banking, and 45 years of real estate investment and development in the Middle East, the U.S. and Southeast Asia with Saudi, Japanese and Chinese partners. It also led to extensive work over the last 30 years as a board member or trustee with numerous charitable organizations involved in health, education, and conservation work in Tibet, India, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Central America.

Hotchkiss International Fellowship

The donor himself was initially raised in Tokyo and then spent a year traveling by VW Camper Van from Afghanistan to Amsterdam. He went on to spend ten years after university studying and working in China and across Southeast Asia with The Wall Street Journal and International Herald Tribune, a Paris-based newspaper owned by The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Fellowship Goals

Each year, The Hotchkiss International Fellowship will offer three Hotchkiss graduates (graduating seniors and recent alumni who are current undergraduates) a grant to fund 100 percent of an international gap year opportunity. Fellows will spend a year outside of their home country engaged in a project that includes, but is not limited to, service, learning, internships, cultural immersion, and adventure. 

The Hotchkiss International Fellowship is designed to support ongoing growth and education by instilling competence in goal-setting; developing independence and confidence; enhancing problem-solving skills; supporting greater cultural competency; and helping Fellows gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of what and how they want to learn in their post-secondary studies.


  • Applicants must be Hotchkiss seniors on pace to graduate and in good academic standing (not on ARC); or alumni who have not completed their bachelor’s degree (within 5 years of graduation), are in good academic and disciplinary standing at their colleges or universities, and currently enrolled full time.
  • Applicants must be 18 years old by the time they depart for their fellowship and unmarried.
  • Must complete the application process and meet all deadlines in a timely fashion without exception.


Applicants must present a plan for their year-long international fellowship. The canvas is wide open as long as there is a unifying theme for the year. Proposals may include living and working in one country for a year or traversing the globe to spend time in multiple countries. Examples of unifying themes: spending time in France, India, and Laos studying how national health care systems address the needs of indigent patients; studying the history of religious art in Jerusalem, Istanbul, and Toledo, Spain; or analyzing government policies relating to renewable energy in Australia and New Zealand. 

The Application Process

Part I: Prospective Fellows will complete an extensive application that includes essays and a written commentary on their proposed plan. Part I is due on January 10, 2024.

Part II: The selection committee will notify finalists and request a detailed budget and itinerary for their proposed Fellowship experiences. Finalists will also be asked to participate in finalist interviews either via zoom or in-person.

Winners of The Hotchkiss International Fellowship will be announced mid to late March 2024. 

Download Application

To access the Hotchkiss International Fellowship Guidebook, please visit the Resources section on Alumnet, the online Hotchkiss alumni community. Follow this link to sign in or to register for Alumnet.


The eligibility requirements state that alumni who have not earned their bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply. A current college senior who has not yet earned their degree at the time of application but expects to earn it by the time they depart for the Fellowship is still eligible.

More questions?

Please submit any additional questions to Rick Hazelton, Director of The Center for Global Understanding and Independent Thinking.