Davidson Fellows Scholarships

Scholarship Amount

Various Amount

Application Deadline

February 08, 2017


The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work.

Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophyand Outside the Box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a special reception.

Davidson Fellows named as one of The 10 Biggest Scholarships in the World by TheBestColleges.org and one of7 Prestigious Undergrad Scholarships in U.S. News & World Report.


Applicants must be under the age of 18 and be able to attend the awards reception in Washington, DC. In addition to the monetary award, the institute will pay for travel and lodging expenses. Three nominator forms, three copies of a 15-minute DVD and additional materials are required.

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

Be 18 or younger as of Oct. 1, 2016.
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.
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 at least one parent or guardian, the awards reception and other recognition events to be held in September in Washington, D.C. (Travel expenses and lodging will be provided by the Institute.) 

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

Step Three: Complete Application

Access our Online Application System to complete the application. If you have already applied for a Davidson Institute program using the Online Application System, you may use the same login information to apply for the Davidson Fellows Scholarship.

Please save your username, password and security answer. You will need your username and password to log back into the system. If you forget your password, you can click on "Forgot Your Password?" from the login screen, but you must know your username and security answer in order to recover your password. If you forget your user name, please email davidsonfellows@davidsongifted.org; do not create a new account.

Note: If you are logged into the Online Application System and there is no new information submitted within a 60 minute timeframe, your session will time out and you will receive a server error. Your information may not be saved. 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. If you receive a server error, you will need to close out of the system and log back in. Therefore, we recommend typing and saving your responses to open-ended questions in another program before pasting the text into the Online Application System. 

Click here for FAQs about the Davidson Institute’s Online Application System.

Step Four: Application Submission & Deadline

Please submit the initial portion of the application as soon as possible. Your information and project description will be reviewed to ensure eligibility. If you leave the project title and description blank, your application will be sent back to you. After the initial portion of the application is reviewed, you will receive an email with next steps.

In the initial portion of the application, you will list the name and email address of each individual you have asked to complete a nominating form. An automatic email will be sent to your nominators with the Nominating Form link. When the Nominating Form is completed and returned to the Davidson Fellows program, an email will be sent to the nominator and applicant.

SAMPLE Nominating Form

After the project is deemed eligible for consideration, an automatic email will be sent to your parent(s) with the Parent Form link. When the Parent Form is completed and returned to the Davidson Fellows program, a notification email will be sent to both you and your parent(s).
Step Five: 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.


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