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Fellows Scholarship

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A prestigious scholarship for high-achieving students

We award $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to gifted and high-achieving students, 18 years old or under, who have completed a significant piece of work.

The 2024 application is closed. The 2025 application will open in the Fall of 2024.

How to Apply

Eligibility & FAQs

See how to be eligible for consideration as a Davidson Fellow.

Scholarship Categories

Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music,  Philosophy and Outside the Box.

How to Apply

Detailed application process information.

2023 Fellows Announced

We are pleased to share this year's remarkable young people and their accomplishments. Join us in congratulating them!

Meet the 2023 Fellows Scholarship Recipients
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Recognized by Forbes as "one of the nation’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarships," the Fellows scholarship is one of "The 10 Biggest Scholarships in the World" by and one of "7 Prestigious Undergrad Scholarships" in U.S. News & World Report.
Read about the Fellows Ceremony & Current and Past Fellows
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Featured Davidson Alum

"I'm honored to be part of a community as diverse and successful as the Davidson Fellows, which inspires me to pursue technical and creative endeavors at the highest level."

- Vaibhav Vavilala, 2013 Davidson Fellow (pictured left)

Read about a featured Davidson alum

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for the Davidson Fellows scholarship?

To be eligible for the Davidson Fellows scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Applicants must be 18 or younger as of the application deadline to be eligible.
  • Be a U.S. citizen residing in the United States, or a Permanent Resident of the United States residing in the United States, or be stationed overseas due to active U.S. military duty.
  • Have completed a significant piece of work in one of the submission categories.
  • Two person teams are eligible.
  • Be able to demonstrate that the work is his or her own creation.
  • Be able to attend an in-person event, with at least one parent or guardian, or virtual awards ceremony.

What is required to apply for a Davidson Fellows scholarship?

Each category has different requirements. Every applicant must submit the required elements outlined within their category of choice, plus two nominator forms and all of the Attachments. Applicants and their parents also must sign a statement of commitment that, if named a Davidson Fellow, the applicant and a parent or guardian will attend the award reception in Washington, D.C.

Do you have additional questions?

Please take a look at the rest of our Frequently Asked Questions.

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The Davidson Fellows are success stories - they're students who have resourcefully found ways to nurture their genius by seeking out mentors, relying on strong family support and working diligently to achieve their goals."

Bob Davidson Co-founder of the Davidson Institute
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Visit the Eligibility and Application page to review category requirements. If you have any questions, please email