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Fellows Scholarship Eligibility

Brochures on chairs at the Fellows reception

Step 1: Eligibility and Deadline

To be eligible for consideration as a Davidson Fellow, 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.
  • There is no minimum age for eligibility.
  • Teams of two are eligible. Both team members must meet eligibility requirements.
  • Please check out this Frequently Asked Questions video with information on eligibility, category requirements, and application tips!

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 Washington, DC. (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 15, 2023.
  • 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 Scholarship Category Requirements.

How to Apply for the Fellows Scholarship

See details on application submission and the review process.

The 2023 application is now open!

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FAQs About Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply for the Davidson Fellows scholarship?

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

  • The 2023 deadline is February 15, 2023.
  • 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.

Are group or team projects eligible?

Yes! Two-person teams are eligible to apply.

  • Teams may be no more than two people.
  • Both team members must be 18 or younger as of the application deadline of February 15, 2023.
  • 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.

Are projects involving human or animal subjects/tissues eligible?

Applications involving human subjects or live vertebrates are NOT eligible.

Projects involving the following live invertebrates are eligible: C. elegans, Drosophila, Hydra. Additionally, projects involving zebrafish no older than 168 hours post-fertilization are eligible.

Tissue-related projects are eligible, if the applicant can demonstrate:

  • The materials were collected for other purposes;
  • No embryos were sacrificed; 
  • The student is collaborating with a qualified lead scientist; and
  • The lead scientist provides to the Institute documented approval from a recognized Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Scientific Review Committee (SRC).

Please submit documentation with the preliminary portion of the application which will be reviewed by the Davidson Institute, who, at its sole discretion, will determine eligibility. The Davidson Institute may, in its sole discretion, also require that other conditions be met before tissue-related projects will be further considered.

More about Fellows

How to Apply

Detailed application process information.

Scholarship Categories

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

Rules & Regulations

Submitted projects must follow the rules and procedures outlined. Considerations for all applicants, scholarship considerations, policies and more.