To be eligible for consideration as a Davidson Fellow, applicants must:
The Davidson Institute is looking for students whose projects are at, or close to, the college graduate level with a depth of knowledge in their particular area of study. This scholarship is not geared toward students at the novice level. See specific Category Requirements below.
Davidson Fellows must be available to attend, with one parent or guardian, the awards reception and other recognition events to be held in September in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Travel expenses and lodging will be provided by the Institute.)
Category Requirements (Please click on the category link and carefully review before proceeding to application)
STEM Categories - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
Humanities Categories - Literature, Music, Philosophy
Outside the Box
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of significant work. Significant work is an accomplishment that experts in the field recognize as meaningful and has the potential to make a positive contribution to society. Such work may be:
The deadline is February 12, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
Access our Application System (opens November 20) to complete the application.
Please submit the initial portion of the application as soon as possible. This initial portion will ask you for your project title and description, as well as your nominators’ names and email addresses, if you leave any of these items blank, your application will be sent back to you for completion.
SAMPLE Nominating Form (PDF)
Each submission is examined for completeness and accuracy. Qualified entries are then sorted by category and evaluated by an independent team of judges comprised of professionals with expertise in related domain areas. The team of judges may, at their sole discretion, consult with additional experts to assist in evaluating the merits of each submission.
The independent team of judges will identify which applicants will be named Davidson Fellows and decide whether they will receive a $10,000, $25,000 or $50,000 scholarship.
Judges' Project Selection Scale (PDF)
All applicants are notified on or before July 15 each year.
Read the Scholarship Rules and Regulations. If you have any questions, please email DavidsonFellows@DavidsonGifted.org.
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship Program does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity or disability.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Davidson Fellows Scholarship
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