Marie Christine Kohler Fellows @ WID are senior graduate or professional students selected on the strength of their commitment and abilities to contribute to transdisciplinary thought. Fellows actively work as members of the WID community, share office space in the Discovery Building and engage in a variety of WID-related projects, furthering the diffusion of interdisciplinary thinking beyond campus.
The program grows out of a vibrant residential graduate student community located for many years in the former Governor’s Mansion, called the Knapp House, in the Mansion Hill neighborhood. Fellows lived at the Knapp House and organized a variety of campus and community events with interdisciplinary themes. Among the signature events were monthly seminar dinners with invited speakers and an evening meal prepared by the fellows. Starting in 2012, the residential component of the fellowship could no longer be sustained due to complications with the Knapp House building. In 2013, the program was reinvigorated through the current partnership between WID and the Graduate School.
A major responsibility of fellows is to arrange a series of Kohler activities for the campus community (e.g., seminars, exhibitions, performances) at the Institute.