The Bonderman Fellowship: Eight months and $20,000 to see the world

Since late August 2014 LSA graduate and Grand Rapids native Tyler Mesman has visited Turkey, Cyprus, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, South Africa and, most recently, India. And while he may be traveling the world, it’s not on his own dime.

Mesman is a part of the inaugural class of Bonderman Travel Fellows through U-M’s College of Literature, Science & the Arts. He and other fellows were selected from a pool of about 100 applicants to receive $20,000 to travel the world for eight months or more.

Mesman transferred to U-M from a community college. And while he always dreamed of traveling, financial constraints often hindered his plans. When he discovered the Bonderman Travel Fellowship, he revised his future career plans. “I’ve been looking into careers that are more internationally focused so I can combine my passion for travel with my work,” said Mesman.

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