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The Halloran Fellowship

Equipping aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders in and around Bradford, Pennsylvania with the skills, resources, and experience to scale their impact.

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This Fellowship, powered by Watson Institute, will provide robust entrepreneurial training, mentorship, and seed funding to aspiring, early-stage entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders in the Bradford area. Fellows will deepen and expand the local entrepreneurial ecosystem with new and innovative ideas and ventures.

Dates & Details

  • Weekly programming starting Fall 2023.
  • The program begins with a 1-day Immersive in Bradford. The Immersive will take place on a Saturday.
  • The weekly time commitment is approximately 5–8 hours with a mix of in-person and virtual programming.
  • Fellows will host a 2-day intensive program called Basecamp in December 2023.
  • Opportunity to participate in the Fellowship culminating event called Summit where Fellows pitch to local leaders, funders, and entrepreneurs.
  • Fellows have the opportunity to earn up to a maximum of 6 life experience credits in the area of Management from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
  • Fellows can earn up to $4,000 in seed funding for their venture or project.


  • Aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders who are eager to commit to a robust entrepreneurial training program.
  • Demonstrated interest in leading or launching  projects addressing key community issues in Bradford, PA and surrounding areas
  • Based around and able to attend in-person programming in Bradford, PA.
  • Commitment to supporting underrepresented and underserved communities through entrepreneurship and business.

Start Your Application

The final deadline to apply is August 15th, 2023. We review applications on a rolling basis and encourage you to apply early.

Program Elements

The Halloran Fellowship provides award-winning training, committed mentorship, and a powerful community of peers for next generation entrepreneurs to advance their impact-focused ventures, careers, and lives.

What is a Basecamp?

Grow your leadership skills, build partnerships, and expand your impact by facilitating a Watson Institute Basecamp.

Basecamps are 2-day workshops designed to help rising entrepreneurs from Fellows’ communities to ideate solutions, design business models, and compellingly communicate their businesses and organizations to an external audience.  As a key deliverable of the Halloran Fellowship, all Fellows will facilitate a Basecamp event during their time in the program.

For the Halloran Fellowship, Fellows will be divided into two groups, trained, and given a stipend and logistical support to lead a Basecamp in Bradford. Basecamps are built to create a ripple-effect of impact in the community by engaging community partners and stakeholders. Skills tested and developed include Program Facilitation, Community Building.

The Watson Institute team will facilitate training workshops, share the Watson Institute Basecamp curriculum and planning materials, to help organize and facilitate this event. Fellows are empowered through their training to tailor the Basecamp structure and outcomes to their desired participant community.

Alumni Impact & Impact

Watson Institute’s 349 Fellows and alumni from 68 countries have raised over $175 million, created over 1,500 part or full-time jobs, and impacted 5 million people around the world through initiatives they help lead. Watson Institute Alumni have been selected to Y Combinator, the Echoing Green Fellowship, and Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, and continued their education at Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, and Oxford Saïd Business School,  among others. 

See here to learn more about our alumni community and impact.


of alumni would recommend a Watson Fellowship to a peer


of alumni use skills they learned in our program up to eight years after graduating

A peak for me was getting to learn and practice on how to build lasting relationships, negotiations and branding. The insights I got have enabled my team and I to create a donor stewardship plan for our organization, communicate our brand and negotiate with various stakeholders for effective program management.

Western Union Foundation FellowCohort of Fall 2022

The value of Watson Institute, for me, goes beyond the venture and its impact. The people I have met, the relationships I cultivated, and the conversations I have had have inspired and changed me.

Watson Institute Accelerator Program FellowCohort of Spring 2022

Oftentimes in job interviews the Hiring Manager thinks I have a business degree because of the skills I gained from Watson Institute.

Watson Institute Accelerator Program FellowCohort of Spring 2015

Halloran Philanthropies is a family foundation based out of Pennsylvania with a mission to inspire, innovate, and accelerate sustainable social interventions that promote human wellbeing. Watson Institute has been fortunate to partner with Halloran Philanthropies since 2013. The inaugural Halloran Fellowship is part of our joint commitment to deepen and expand the budding entrepreneurial ecosystem in Bradford, PA.

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