Walter C. Wattles Fellowship at Lloyd's of London was founded in 1969.  The original purpose was to provide an opportunity in the international insurance industry not otherwise available to women at that time. The job description has changed from being mostly clerical in the early years to the only program of its kind offering a one-year, fully integrated position in the London insurance market.  In recent years, one woman is trained as a Graduate Trainee Property Account Executive with Willis Towers Watson, one as an Aviation Underwriting Assistant Intern at AXA XL, and the third, a Graduate Trainee Aviation Account Handler at Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc. 

Three women graduates from Vanderbilt University, ranked in the top 20 US National Universities by US News and World Report, are selected each year to participate in the Wattles Fellowship. Approximately 60 women apply annually and are required to submit a resume and thoughtful essay about why she should be selected as a Wattles Fellow. Former Fellows and the Fellowship Board conduct two rounds of interviews and select the finalists based on their academic performance, student leadership, internship experience, community service, essay content, and personal qualifications.

This Fellowship offers its participants a unique opportunity to experience the international insurance market and develop skills that have proven to be transferable into many other industries. However, the year in London is much more than just a job; it also is a cultural experience in living and working among the British.

Living and working in London has been such an exciting experience because the people are so friendly and fun. I love being a part of this Fellowship because we have the opportunity to work in English offices and get a firsthand feel for the English lifestyle.”
— Lauren Escher, Wattles Former Fellow