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How to Apply for the Fellows Scholarship

Step 1: Eligibility and Deadline

To be eligible for consideration as a Davidson Fellow, applicants must:

  • New for 2022: Teams of two are eligible!
  • 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.
  • There is no minimum age for eligibility.
  • Please check out this Frequently Asked Questions video with information on eligibility, category requirements, and application tips!
  • The 2022 application deadline has passed.

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.)

Step 2: Review Category Requirements and Project Criteria

Project Criteria
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:

  • an exceptionally creative application of existing knowledge
  • a new idea with high impact
    an innovative solution with broad-range implications
  • an important advancement that can be replicated and built upon
  • an interdisciplinary discovery
  • a prodigious performance
  • another demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment

Information for teams:

  • Teams may be no more than two people.
  • Both team members must be 18 or younger as of the application deadline of February 23, 2022.
  • Both team members must attend any in-person awards events.
  • Scholarship money will be split evenly between the two team members.
  • As with solo submissions, two nominators are required.

Please note: Projects in the arts including photography, sculpture, film, visual, etc. are not eligible for consideration.

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.

Scholarship Categories

Categories include Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, and Outside the Box.

See Requirements Checklists Per Category
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Step 3: Application Submission & Deadline

  • Please submit the initial portion of the application as soon as possible. (The sooner you submit the initial portion, the sooner your application can be approved, giving your nominators more time to fill out their forms, detailed below.)
    • The 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 fields blank, your application will be sent back to you for completion.
  • Once the initial portion of your application has been submitted, it will be held for review (1-2 business days).
  • When the initial portion of your application is approved, you will receive an email notification alerting you that you can continue on with your application, and automatic emails will be sent to your nominators with their Nominating Form link. SAMPLE Nominating Form (PDF)
    • When your nominators have completed their forms, confirmation of receipt emails will be sent to the applicant and nominators.
  • Once you have submitted all of your application materials, category requirements and attachments, the Parent Form will automatically be sent to your parent(s). Please note: only ONE parent form is required.  If it is a team submission, one parent form is required per team member.
  • When all application materials have been submitted, including category requirements and attachments, parent form(s), and both nominating forms, your application will move from the “Received” queue to the “Completed” queue, and you will receive a confirmation of receipt of all application materials. (Please be patient, as the deadline approaches, this confirmation of receipt email takes a little bit longer to be sent.)
  • The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 23, 2022, noon, Pacific time.


Now that you have read all the important information about the application process and how to apply, APPLY HERE

Step 4: Review Process and Notification

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.

If you have any questions, please email

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship Program does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity or disability.