Q. How do I access the Application System?
Please visit the following Davidson Institute pages to access the link:
Q. I have already applied for a different Davidson Institute program using the Application System. Can I use the same login information?
Yes. If you are a parent who is applying for one or more students, please use your Parent account to either apply again for the same child or add additional children to your dropdown choices. If you are an Applicant/Student applying for multiple Davidson Institute programs or re-applying, please use the same login information to apply for any of our programs, including the Davidson Academy.
Q. Which web browsers can be used with the Application System?
To use the Application System, applicants must use the latest version of major web browsers, including Firefox, Chrome and Safari, with your resolution is set to 1024 x 768 or higher.
Q. Can I use a tablet to access the Application System?
Tablets, such as iPads, are not supported and cannot be used to apply. However, tablets may be used if completing a Parent Form or Nominator Form.
Q. How do I turn off compatibility mode if I am using Internet Explorer as my web browser?
To make sure you are not in compatibility mode, please view the page, "How to Turn Internet Explorer Compatibility View On or Off for a Website."
Q. How do I log in to the system to start applying?
For first-time applicants, click on the link to the Application System which will take you to the login/registration screen. Click on Register.
Q. How do I navigate through the application?
Use the top, orange arrow graphics to move forward or backward through the various application screens. If "Submit" is the text displayed next to the arrow and you click it, then your application (or that portion of the application if you are in Section 1 of the Fellows process) will be officially submitted and you will not be able to make any additional edits. Your information will save each time you click the top, right navigation arrow.
Q. What if I receive a Server Error screen while I am in the Application System and have to close out?
The majority of server errors are from a session timeout error. If you are logged into the Application System and there is no new information submitted within a 60-minute timeframe, then your session will time out and you will receive a server error. Then, you will need to close out of the system and log back in. The system saves information when you click on the top arrow buttons. If you have not clicked on the top arrow button, it will not save the information you have input on that specific screen. Therefore, we recommend typing and saving your responses to open-ended questions in another program before pasting the text into the Application System.
Q. Will I be receiving any email notifications after I apply through the Application System?
Yes, you will be receiving email notifications and prompts from our email server. If you do not receive these emails after applying, your mail server may be identifying some of our email as spam. This has been especially true for Hotmail and MSN accounts. If these emails are in your spam folder, enable your anti-spam and parental control software to accept email from @davidsongifted.org by adding it to your list of safe senders. Directions for adding an email domain to the safe sender list in most email programs can be found online. For Hotmail and MSN accounts:
Q. For the video portion of the application process, which type of video format and what file size may I upload?
You must upload a .WMV file that is 75MB or smaller. Please visit our
video help page for information about how to compress a video to a smaller file size.
Q. I am having difficulties uploading my video. What should I do?
First, please read our video help page. If you are still having problems, please email
Q. I am using a Mac - how do I convert a MOV file to a WMV?
This video may be useful. When finished, your video may contain a watermark, which is acceptable and will not affect the judging process.
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