It is hard for me to describe in words what exactly the Bonderman Fellowship is. It is not a vacation, and it is not work. It is not research, nor an internship.
According to the University of Washington:
“The Bonderman Travel Fellowship offers University of Washington graduate students (including those in the Law and Business Schools and other graduate and professional programs) and select undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad.
Through the Honors Program and the Graduate School Bonderman Fellowships enable students to undertake independent international travel to explore, be open to the unexpected, and come to know the world in new ways. Fellows may not participate in a program or organization, engage in formal study at a foreign university, conduct research or other academic projects, or travel with an organized group Bonderman Fellowships are intended to introduce students to cultures, peoples, and areas of the world with which they are not familiar.”
More information is available at http://bonderman.uw.edu
My profile and those of my 2015 Bonderman peers can be found here 2015 Fellows Selected
I am eternally grateful to both the University of Washington and to David Bonderman, the founder of the fellowship, for this incredible opportunity.
*My ideas are my own and do not express those of the University of Washington or its entities